DURANGO – Colorado School of Mines' men's soccer team squared off with fierce rival Fort Lewis Sunday afternoon at Dirks Field in Durango and with neither team willing to budge, the Orediggers and NSCAA No. 22 Skyhawks settled for a 1-1 draw in double overtime.
Mines moved to 3-1-2 overall and 0-0-2 in the RMAC with its second consecutive 1-1 result, while FLC picked up its first tie of the year and now stands at 4-1-1 and 1-0-1, respectively. The draw was the first between the two teams since the RMAC Championship on Nov. 7, 2011 when the Orediggers claimed the title over the then-ranked No. 23 Skyhawks in a penalty kick shootout (7-to-6) following 110 minutes of scoreless play.
After a scoreless opening frame, Casey Dean opened the scoring for the Skyhawks 11:36 into the second with a sliding score at the top of the box off a pass from Alberto Capdepon.
Less than a minute later at the 57:05 mark, Mines was the beneficiary of a foul in the box, allowing junior Tesho Akindele to connect on the PK, his conference-leading seventh goal of the season.
As the final score indicated, the contest was quite balanced as Fort Lewis held slim margins in shots (17-to-15), SOG (8-to-6) and corners (5-to-4). Senior keeper Manville Strand collected seven saves, including one in the closing seconds of the second overtime to preserve the draw and move his season mark to 3-1-2.
Mines continues RMAC action at home next weekend as Metro State visits at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.