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Orediggers, ThunderWolves Battle To 1-1 Stalemate

PUEBLO – The Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team kicked off RMAC play with a 1-1 draw Friday evening against CSU-Pueblo at the Rawlings Soccer Complex in Pueblo.

The Orediggers came out as the aggressor with six shots - five on target - in the game's opening 15 minutes, however, it was not until the 36th minute when Mines finally broke through. Junior forward Seun Ogunmodede followed a rebound off a header from freshman midfielder Chayce Moniz and put away his first score of the year from point-blank range.

Mines continued to pepper the goal in the second half, yet it was the ThunderWolves that were able strike as Ryan Hunter eluded a defender and sent the equalizer to the upper, right-90 at the 55:55 mark. The score remained through regulation and into the extra sessions where the teams combined for seven shots, but none on goal as each squad picked up their first draw of the season. The Orediggers moved to 3-1-1 and 0-0-1 in the conference, while CSUP now sits at 2-2-1 overall and 0-0-1.

Mines finished with a 22-to-20 advantage in total shots, including 14-to-8 in shots on goal, and held a 9-to-8 edge on corners. Senior keeper Manville Strand pushed his season mark to 3-1-1, turning away seven shots, while allowing the lone score in the second stanza.

The men remain on the road this Sunday as they travel to defending national champion and current NSCAA No. 22 Fort Lewis in Durango for a 3:30 p.m. conference clash. 

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