Westminster’s lone goal spoils home opener for Mesa women

Alexis Allard of Colorado Mesa University battles McKell Kellogg of Westminster College for possession of the ball in the first half of Sunday’s RMAC game at Walker Field. The Griffins beat the Mavericks, 1-0.

Sophomore goalkeeper Janielle Richmond-Buccola had five saves for Colorado Mesa University’s women’s soccer team Sunday afternoon, but the Mavericks were unable to find the net and lost their home opener 1-0 against Westminster College at Walker Field in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Tiana Cerciello scored the only goal of the game during the 50th minute, fighting past a Mesa defender before punching the ball past Richmond-Buccola to give the Griffins (3-1-0, 1-0 RMAC) the lead for good. Westminster held an 11-8 advantage in total shots, including a 6-5 edge in the second half.

The Mavericks’ best scoring opportunity came in the 28th minute. Sophomore Mackenzie King ripped a shot on goal off a free kick down the middle that was turned away by Griffins goalkeeper Breanna Empey. The rebound fell to Mesa freshman Madison Rasimas, whose shot sailed over the top of the crossbar.

Mesa (2-3-1, 0-1-0) got three shots from King, with two of them going on goal. Westminster’s Madison Roemer had four total shots to lead the Griffins.


Mesa senior striker Roy Abergill scored two goals to lift the Mavericks to a 3-0 RMAC victory at Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Abergil, the program’s all-time leading scorer, found the net in the 60th and 69th minutes to cap the scoring for the Mavs (2-1-3, 1-0-1), who snapped a three-match winless streak. Andres Delgadilo headed in a goal in the final minute of the first half to give Mesa the lead for good against the Lions (2-3-1, 1-1-0).

UCCS finished with a 16-9 advantage in total shots, though Mesa held an 8-4 edge in shots on goal. Sophomore goalie Briley Guarneri finished with four saves to notch his third shutout of the season.


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