THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Metro State University's Carlos Mendez scored in the 96th minute to hand Western Washington University a 2-1 overtime loss on Friday in men's soccer action at Auraria Field in Denver, Colo.
The game, played in 95-degree heat, was the season opener for both schools.
"They had the effort and tried hard, but I felt the heat got to them a little bit mentally, said Greg Brisbon, who was making his head coaching debut after being the Vikings' top assistant for 12 of the last 13 seasons.
"Early on we played really well. I thought if we could have gotten a couple early we would have been set. But it didn't happen, we made some little mistakes, and hopefully we will learn from them."
The goal by Mendez came from the left wing and found the bottom right corner of the net.
WWU forward Andrew Weishaar had tied the game at 1-1 in the 75th minute with a rocket from 25 yards at the top of the box.
Metro State took a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute when Andy Lopez headed in a corner kick by Pierce Galan.
The Roadrunners had a 21-4 shot advantage, but WWU goalkeeper Keegan Rogers made six saves.
The Vikings had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.