The Regis Ranger men's soccer program triumphed 4-0 over the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks. Four separate men scored one goal each for the Rangers, while the team had eight shots on goal and five assists.
The Rangers put one on the board in the third minute of the game when defender Taylor Diem passed the ball from the top of the Ranger 18 yard box to forward Ben Buhler who was breaking just past the midfield line. Buhler managed through his defenders, got a clear shot, and sent the ball to the back of the net.
The second Ranger goal came from Diem in the 43rd minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Justin Ortinau started the play with a corner kick. Off the kick, Diem scored to the right side of the net. Diem stated "It was a great ball by Justin; I just happened to be open in the back post." He continued "A lot of mess usually goes to the front post, so it left me wide open in the back."
"It was a good win," Diem finished. "We're starting to piece things together, but we're still having a couple of breakdowns so hopefully we can solidify everything for the big games coming up."
In the 50th minute, the Rangers struck with their third goal of the match. Forward Kyle Emge passed to forward Martin Maybin, who was at the top of the 18 yard box. Maybin one-touch passed to midfielder Ben Fredrickson who scored.
The final goal came in the 71st minute. The play started with Ortinau taking a free kick from a foul right above the middle right side of the Mesa 18 yard box. He tapped to midfielder Stephen Reed who ripped the ball into the left side of the goal bringing the score to 4-0 in the Ranger's favor.
"I'm very happy," head coach Tony McCall stated. "This is a team we normally have issues with and haven't matched up with them well in the past."
"I thought today, that we were comprehensive winners in all facets of the game" he continued. I think that once we stay focused and were able to execute and do what we're supposed to do, we are a very talented group. The hard part is we have some young players who are very inconsistent and it takes a little time to get them to play at a level that is a little more consistent."
Mesa had a final attempt at the Ranger goal in the 81st minute of play. CMU forward Brandon Burton beat his Rangers defenders and earned a hot on goal. Goalkeeper Chris Couperus anticipated the shot well enough to make a close save on the attempt.
"Overall, the team played well," McCall finished. "We scored four goals against a decent team and dominated. We are happy with that."
The Rangers will play at home Sunday, October 9th against the Adams State College Grizzlies. The game will take place at 2:00 PM.