The Paw Print
Adams State men’s soccer team fell 5-1 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competitor Mesa State, despite entering halftime time 1-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Mesa State Maverick have progressed to a 5-3-1 overall and 3-1 in RMAC play while ASC falls to 0-7 in the season and 0-4 in conference.
This is the second time that ASC has fallen to Mesa State after hosting the Maverick for a non-RMAC match on Sept. 5. ASC stand 0-2-1 in the all-time series.
Mesa State’s Reese Kegans made the first goal after 20 minutes of game time when a pair of straight passes gave him a path to put in a shot. Both Marco Escobar and Ben Medina were credited with an assist on the goal. Kegans also recorded netting two goals along with a pair of assists.
Fast in pursuit, Adams State with only two minutes passing, junior Joseph Jallow assisted a pass to senior David Powers who made to a 20 yard strike at the top of the box. This was Jallow’s second assist of the season and second goal of Power’s career.
In order to keep the Grizzlies even before intermission, goalie Dillon Lee saw eight shots and made three saves. This is only the second time in season where Adams State has not gone into half time trailing behind their opponent.
During the Sept. 5 game against the Mesa State, the Mavericks ended the first half with a 3-0 lead.
The second half brought out a fierce attack from the Mavericks, while they took 21 shots and put 11 of them on goal. The Grizzlies made six shots and only three of them landed on goal during the last 45 minutes of the game.
Kegans made his second goal from a rebound from Lee after he saved a shot from senior forward Steve Shaw. Kegans then assisted Medina during a Mavericks 2-on-1 fast break which broke through goalie Paul Pizza bringing the score 3-1. Lee made nine saved in the game while allowing three goals, while Pizza allowed two goals making no saves.
Freshman Henry Stewart made three shots in the contest putting a pair of them on goal, but was unable to make a shot past Mavericks’ goalkeeper Bill Martinez. The Grizzlies had six corner kicks in the game compared to Mesa State’s three, but only took two shots of those changes while Mesa State took all three of their shots.
The next contest that Adams State will face is the No. 11 ranked Metro State in Denver. This will be the first ever match between the teams. The Roadrunners are ranked third in the RMAC standings earning 11 points and are 6-1-2 overall and 3-0-2 in the league.