For only the third game all season, Colorado Mesa University’s men’s soccer team trailed during regulation. This time, however, they were able to turn the game around as the Mavericks defeated RMAC foes Westminster University 2-1 in overtime.
The Griffiths got on the scoreboard first thanks to a goal in the 22nd minute by Danny Darelli. Amit Hefer was able to recover the ball by the CMU near post. Hefer sent the ball to Darelli in the far post.
The Mavericks went into the half trailing for the first time in 2017. With a little over 20 minutes in regulation, it was Jacob Roldan’s turn to play the hero. CMU did what they do best offensively. Midfielder Moshe Perez sent a cross into the box. It found the head of Roldan who got his first goal of the season and tied the game at one-a-piece.
The game would remain tied once the final whistle of regulation blew, forcing overtime. Seven minutes later, it was Perez who found the back of the net. He ran up the right side of the field. From the top of the 18-yard box, Perez fired a shot that hit the left side of the net and gave the Mavericks the win.
It was a shot-heavy affair, with both teams reaching the double-digit mark in the category. The Mavericks took 22 shots with 12 on goal. While Westminster fired off 12 shots with six of them on target.
Briley Guarneri is now up to seven wins on the season, saving five shots Wednesday afternoon.
With the victory, the Mavs move to 7-1-1 on the season overall and 3-1-1 in the conference. They return home for a game against South Dakota School of Mines on Sunday. Kick-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Walker Field.