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Soccer Squads To Open RMAC Slate In Pueblo On Friday

Soccer Squads To Open RMAC Slate In Pueblo On Friday

GOLDEN – The Colorado School of Mines soccer teams will open RMAC play on the road this weekend as the Orediggers venture to face CSU-Pueblo at the Rawlings Soccer Complex in Pueblo, Colo.

The men are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. while the women will have the nightcap at 7 p.m.

The women's squad ran its shutout streak to three games with homes wins of 8-0 and 3-0 over nonconference foes Eastern New Mexico and Washburn, respectively, improving its overall mark to 3-1-0. The Orediggers have not allowed a score since the 33rd minute of their season-opening match versus MSU-Billings, a span of 327:20 minutes.

Following nine-point week that included three goals and an assist on Thursday and the game-winning score and an assist on Saturday, junior forward Anna Evans collected her first RMAC Offensive Player of the Week honor of her career. The hat trick was just the third ever by an Oredigger women's soccer player.

Senior midfielder Dani Hering added six points over the two contests with a trio of scores, including the game-winner against ENMU, to tie her with Evans for the team lead with five goals, while classmate Megan Woodworth picked up three assists in the two matches to bring her team-high total to four. The Orediggers allowed only three shots for the week and have now posted a 95-4 shots advantage over the last three games, including a 58-4 advantage in shots on goal.

CSU-Pueblo enters Friday's action with a 0-2-1 mark and is coming off a 2-2 draw with Dixie State. Friday's matchup with CSU-Pueblo will be the 13th in the series that started in 2005. CSUP leads the all-time series by a 6-5-1 margin, but the Orediggers claimed a 3-2 win in overtime in the last matchup in 2011.

After a stretch of four straight home games to begin the season, the Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team takes to the road for the first time this season for Friday's matchup with the Thunderwolves.

Last week, Mines split its pair of games, succumbing to then-No. 24 West Texas A&M 4-2 on Friday, before cruising to a 4-1 decision Sunday against visiting Texas A&M International to move to 3-1-0 overall.

Junior Tesho Akindele continued his torrid start to the year, notching an assist in Friday's setback and leading the Orediggers with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in Sunday's victory to earn his second consecutive RMAC Offensive Player of the Week accolade. The two-time First Team All-American and RMAC Preseason Player of the Year currently leads the team with six goals, 14 points and has recorded all three of Mines' game-winners.

From his forward position, junior Baski Baker tallied his first scores of the 2012 campaign with the opening goal in each match, while freshman Richard Garvey picked up his first career goal in the 18th minute Friday.

Following a 3-1 road defeat to then-No.16 Midwestern State, CSU-Pueblo sports an even 2-2-0 mark heading into their home opener against Mines tomorrow. Friday's contest with the ThunderWolves will be the 36th in the series since 1992, with Mines holding a 23-9-3 record during that span. The two squads battled to a 1-1 draw in 2011.

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