On Friday Colorado Mesa University’s men’s soccer team capped off a perfect week with a 4-1 win over South Dakota School of Mines on Friday.

Mavericks started off the game firing. In the first half CMU put up 10 shots, but the score was still tied at zero entering halftime as the teams weren’t able to put away any of the shots.

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In the second half, CMU’s efforts were finally rewarded. After scoring his first collegiate goal on Wednesday against Westminster, Niall Saffery opened the scoring with his second career goal after a centered pass from Malik Mennana.

The score remained 1-0 until the 66th minute. Another goal from the center of the box, but this time it was Benji Delgadillo who put the ball away and gave the Mavericks a 2-0 lead. Then it was another Maverick’s player turn to get his first collegiate goal this week. Mennana provided a cross that freshman Conner Lowdermilk put away for the comfortable 3-0 lead.

Entering the final 10 minutes of play Mines were able to get a goal to cut the lead to 3-1. However four minutes later a penalty was awarded to CMU. Moshe Perez converted it to seal the 4-1 victory.

Goalkeeper Briley Guarneri got his 11 win of the season, making four saves on the day.

A Fort Lewis draw on the weekend means the Mavericks regain their second-place standing in the RMAC with a 7-2-1 conference record, only behind Colorado School of Mines with an 8-1-0 record. The Mavericks will now host two games at Walker Field this weekend. The first coming against Colorado Christian University on Friday. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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Joe Azar
Joe Azar is a senior in the Mass Communication department. Over the past three years Azar has been involved as a writer and editor for The Criterion, as well as working for CMU TV. Upon graduation, Azar plans to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.

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