SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University managed only three shots on goal Sunday afternoon and dropped a 2-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer decision to Colorado Mesa. Ronnie Theisz Field in Spearfish hosted the contest.
“It certainly came down to a game of mistakes,” Yellow Jackets’ head coach Mike Greco said of a contest that was scoreless at halftime. “A good team will capitalize on mistakes in the back.”
A Colorado Mesa shot just 1 minute 41 seconds into the game hit the crossbar and stayed out of the goal. Black Hills State goalkeeper Dz-Rae Jara made a save with 37 minutes 18 seconds remaining to keep the game scoreless.
The visiting Mavericks created a scramble in front of the goal with 26 minutes remaining. It ended with a shot that went out of bounds.
Black Hills State forged that scoreless halftime tie despite being outshot 7-0. Colorado Mesa’s efforts during that stretch featured only two shots.
Greco said Black Hills State was fortunate to be in that scoress tie. He added the Mavericks took advantage of mistakes.
Colorado Mesa needed only 1 minute 34 seconds of the second half to break the tie. Ryanne Parker crossed the ball from the right, and Alexis Allard sent a low shot past Jara to put the Mavericks ahead 1-0.
The Mavericks extended their lead about 5 1/2 minutes later. A shot hit the crossbar, and Lexi Newton scored on the rebound to make the score 2-0.
Mikayla Hernandez recorded two shots for the Yellow Jackets, and Brianna Tudor added one, but the team could not score.
Jara collected five saves for Black Hills State, whose weekend began Friday with a 4-2 victory over Western State.
The Yellow Jackets’ conference record is two wins, three losses, and one tie. Their record in all games is 2-7-1.
Black Hills State is scheduled to visit CSU-Pueblo on Friday, Oct. 11 before going to New Mexico Highlands on Sunday, Oct. 13.
CSU-Pueblo’s conference record is two wins, two losses, and one tie (3-5-1 overall) following a 5-0 victory over New Mexico Highlands on Sunday. The Cowgirls are now 0-5 in the conference, 0-7 overall.
Greco said the Yellow Jackets must fix the mental errors and maintain better control of the ball.
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