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Mavericks struggle, Tigers draw, ‘Wolves fall

September 2, 2011 | 9:39 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Operating under a new name, Colorado Mesa University got off to a tough start on the weekend with an early run on Thursday night.

Cal State Dominguez Hills notched a goal in the 7th minute and the 79th minute to seal the win, 2-1, in the opener for both teams.

Cal State Dominguez Hills, the 2008 NCAA National Champions, got an early goal from Billy Gutierrez to give the Toros an early advantage.

CMU answered with a goal of its own. Freshman Phil Neuwirth netted his first collegiate goal and evened the game at a goal apeice. Neuwirth’s goal came in the 36th minute and was assisted by Stevie Palma and Jeremy Gwerder.

The Toros got the game winner in the 79th minute. Miguel Vasquez took a pass from Wyatt Stucker and found the goal and gave them the edge 2-1.

Freshman Micah Conrads got the start in goal and made four saves for CMU.

Minot 2, CMU 1: CMU women’s soccer team opened the season in California against the Minot State Beavers. The Beavers tallied goals in the 71st minute and the 76th minute to hand the Mavericks a 2-1 loss.

Freshman Daniela Salinas netted the Mavericks lone goal in the match. Salinas’ goal came in the 75th minute and knotted the game at 1-1. Salinas won a scrum in front of the net and pushed it past the goalie.

A Maverick foul in the box proved to be the difference in the match. Minot’s Sidney Bockhaven took the PK for the Beavers and converted.

Senior Arielle Harris made two saves in the loss.

CC 2, Pitt 2: The Colorado College women rallied from two goals down on the road to tie Pitt 2-2 on Friday afternoon.

Pittsburgh went ahead on a brace from Ashley Cuba. The first came in the seventh minute when Cuba beat a defender off a pass from Katheryn Kunugi and fired a low shot to the left. Cuba doubled the advantage in the 30th minute off a pass from Katelyn Ruhe.

The Tigers, however, put on the pressure and broke through 30 seconds later when Jaclyn Silsby tapped in a shot during a scramble in front of the net. In the 64th minute, Kaeli Vandersluis latched onto the ball in a scramble and knotted the score at 2.

Neither team was able to find a winner as both ‘keepers turned in solid efforts. Hannah Berglund finished with three saves for the Tigers. Kristina Rioux had sive saves for Pitt.

Northern State (S.D.) 4, Thunderwolves 1: CSU-Pueblo faltered in the season opener, losing 4-1 at home on Friday.

Northern State opened up the scoring off an error by the goalkeeper that led to a breakaway shot for Rachel Goslinga that was nearly saved.

CSU-Pueblo continued to work out the early season kinks and answered with a goal of their own by Gabby Gonzales received a pass from Brittany Kliesen that she calmly tucked away in the upper right corner beating the Wolves goalkeeper tying the game 1-1.

Northern State would respond six minutes later when Haley Burns found an open Khachirha Tugas in the middle of the box that she finished in the upper right corner just beyond the outstretched goalkeeper.

The Thunderwolves had an opportunity for an equalizer on a breakaway but failed to capitalize when the Wolves goalkeeper, Shaina Stein, came up with a game-tying save.

The lost opportunity came back to hurt the Thunderwolves when Goslinga struck again. A ball played into the box was lost by the Thunderwolves defenders that eventually bounced its way to an open Goslinga who headed the ball over the goalkeeper for her second goal of the night and a 3-1 Northern State lead that held up into the half.

Northern State added some insurance in the 61st minute when Goslinga added an assist to her resume’ as she sent a cross into the box that found the foot of Ashley Elliott who beat the keeper short side to claim a 4-1 lead.

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