GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) The Mavericks men's soccer team is undefeated in RMAC play and have shut out two of their last three opponents. This is the first year for head coach Andrew Conniff and the first season in goal for senior Brendan Brown and while he had to wait for his shot, he is making the most of his opportunity.
"He's someone who we knew how good he was and no one else really did," said Head Coach Andrew Conniff. "Now that he's out there, our expectations for him are still even higher."
Mavericks goalie Brendan Brown posted his first shut out last Sunday against CSU-Pueblo to only follow it up with another shut out on Friday at MSU Denver. The senior goalie didn't play last season but he has put the RMAC on notice following last season's all-region goalie Briley Guarneri.
"It's always nice to get a shutout," said Brown. "We did film sessions yesterday and there's areas where we could be better. We should be beating teams like Pueblo three or four-nil. It's always nice to get a shutout and the first at CMU so that's nice."
(andrew conniff) "to us, no suprises. happy to see this milestone for him. first award in just his second rmac game so a lot right from him. for us, no huge surprise, we know what he's capable of."
the senior hasn't missed a second on the field this season starting every game in the net... and he's become a wall that continues to grow bigger as the season goes on...
"He plays a big role," said Conniff. "Guys look to him straight away. He is leading the back line. I think that's something that's the hardest piece of it is coming in as a new goalkeeper and having that voice, having that leadership. That's probably where he has the most room to grow still but there is no doubts about his ability and guys respect for him."
The Cambridge native has fit right in with the team and brings his own style from across the pond.
"He's pretty good with his English banter,"Conniff said. "That's something unique that he brings. I'm a huge fan of the English Premier League personally so him and I have a pretty good back and forth. He is our only English player and he's the only one that has a mug and tea in the locker room so they're a bit unique about them."
The Mavericks defense has been stiff to start RMAC play and Brown believe's this team has no limit to where they could end up.
"Realistically, the program goal for Mesa is to win the RMAC and go to the national tournament," said Brown. "It's just how far can we go?"