Colorado Mesa University’s women’s soccer team played host to the top two teams in the conference this weekend in Regis University and Metro State University. CMU would walk away with a 1-0 loss to RU and a 2-0 win over MSU when the weekend was all said and done.

Following two Maverick victories last weekend where CMU scored twice in the final 80 minutes of action, it was CMU’s turn to lose in the final minutes. RU was able to break the 0-0 tie in the 85 minute to win the game 1-0.

The goal came following Maverick forward Halie Bergeron being sent off due to her second yellow card on the game. This forced the Mavericks to play the final seven minutes of regulation with 10 women instead of 11.

“That was difficult to adjust,” Head coach Jason Clare said. “[…] That was a tough one to go down and change our game plan, but of course it changed the game.”

RU was able to take advantage of the extra player and scored the game-winning goal less than two minutes later. Despite the heartbreaking loss the Mavericks, it still took CMU being down a woman for the top team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference to come away with the victory.

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“I think for large parts of that game we were definitely the better team,” Clare said. “But you have to put away your chances. I don’t think we tested their goalkeeper too much.”

The Mavericks were only able to put up four shots on the night, with only one of those shots coming on goal. Meanwhile, the Rangers finished with 11 shots but only two of those came against goalkeeper Emily Signorio.

Signorio started her third consecutive game for CMU. She finished the night with one save and one goal allowed in her 90 minutes of action.

“You just have to keep working hard and give ourselves a better option to score early,” Clare said. “[…] But [I am] really just proud of the way the girls played.”

Next up for the Mavericks was a matchup against the second-ranked team in the RMAC, Metro State University.

The team got exactly what it needed on Sunday as they came away with the 2-0 victory over the Roadrunners. Zoe Peterson and Heidi Wendt came away with the two goals for the Mavericks.

CMU finished the game with 12 shots on the day, with six of them coming on goal. The Roadrunners were not far behind, finishing with 10 shots total and five on goal.

Emily Signorio got her third clean sheet, and third win, of the season for CMU.

With the victory, the Mavericks moved to 6-4-0 on the season and 3-2-0 in the conference. CMU will be at home for their next two matchups. They will play Colorado Christian on Friday before arguably the team’s toughest test on Sunday when the No.14 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers come to town.

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Bryce Reedy
Bryce Reedy is a mass communication major with a minor in sports management. Reedy began his newspaper career with The Criterion back in 2014 as a writer. Reedy worked his way up to sports editor, then managing and finally editor in chief for the 2016-17 year before deciding that he wanted to return to his roots as the sports editor for his senior year.

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