Men’s soccer heads to RMAC tournament

The Metro men’s soccer team closed out the 2010 regular season with an impressive 4-1 win over Colorado State University-Pueblo Oct. 31, which helped the ’Runners land the No. 4 seed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.

Metro forward Marc Herschberger struggles with University of Colorado at Colorado Springs defender Mike Mason for control of the ball Sept. 17 at Auraria Field. File photo by Floyd Brandt

The team finished the regular season with an 11-5-2 record overall and 8-4-2 in the RMAC.

It marked the first time these two teams ever squared off, and the ’Runners dominated, outshooting the ThunderWolves 29-8. Forward Marc Herschberger started the rout in the 18th minute, as he finished a cross-field pass from defender Andrew Mejia that snuck in behind Pueblo goalie Patrick Markis.

“It was a quick run to the front post, and I tapped in the cross,” said Herschberger.

Midfielder Steven Emory was the beneficiary of some beautiful passing for Metro’s second goal. He finished an opportunity to give the ’Runners a 2-0 lead just before halftime.

“The first goal was a volley out of the air, and I connected well and put it in the back of the net,” Emory said.

Bertini added a goal of his own midway through the second half, with a laser-like shot to the upper left corner of the goal to push the lead to an insurmountable 3-0.

The ThunderWolves got on the board after Metro scored on their own goal in a stroke of bad luck, nullifying a shutout.

Emory scored a pair of goals in the game and finished with 15 goals and 10 assists in the regular season, which helped him win the RMAC Player of the Year award Nov. 2.

“There was no secret about him,” Head Coach Ken Parsons said. “He was named preseason RMAC Player of the Year.”

Emory will run out of eligibility after this season and will participate in his final RMAC Tournament.

“Hopefully my mentality and love for the game [will carry on],” Emory said. “Always work for your teammates.”

Metro will host Mesa State College in the first round of the RMAC Tournament Nov. 3 at Auraria Field.

“We have home field advantage in the first round, [which is] definitely good, and we’re 2-0 versus Mesa,” Emory said. “So, we’re feeling good.”

If the Roadrunners survive the first round, they may be looking at a rematch with either Colorado School of Mines or Regis University. Metro lost games to both teams during the regular season, in which a controversial call may have altered the outcome of each game.

“Either Mines or Regis; [we would] love to face them again,” Herschberger said.

The Roadrunners fell out of the National Soccer Association of America NCAA Division II top-25 poll released Oct. 26.

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