GOLDEN – Thanks to four scores from junior Tesho Akindele and a three-goal afternoon from junior Seun Ogunmodede, the Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team rolled to an easy 8-0 decision over Colorado Christian Sunday at the CSM Soccer Stadium.
Akindele notched the first four goals of the day, including three, in a stretch of just 5:46 towards the end of the first half to give Mines a 3-0 advantage entering the break. Akindele was not done though, and at the 51:28 mark of the second added his fourth off a long pass ahead from midfield from senior Alex Nass.
Assisting on Akindele's other scores were classmate Brandon Sawada in the 34th minute of the first and senior Zach Page-Belknap shortly thereafter at the 36:29 mark, while Akindele took care of goal three by himself with a shot to the far post from the short right wing, about eight yards away.
Already the Orediggers' single-season record holder with 19 goals back in 2010, Akindele's second career four-goal effort pushed his conference-leading total to 11 in 2012 and moved him to within four scores of tying the Mines all-time career mark of 50, held by Rob Zimmerman (1982-85). The two-time First Team All-American also tied the school's single-game record of four scores back on Oct. 13, 2010 in a 5-0 win over CCU.
Shortly after Akindele's final tally, it was Ogunmodede's turn to put on a show, and in a matter of just 8:11, Ogunmodede pushed Mines lead out to 7-0 with his first career hat trick. Turning his speed into a one-man fast break, Ogunmodede rattled off three consecutive goals, also known as a German hat trick, beginning in the 56th minute with a feed from freshman Joe Haines.
Classmate Baski Baker provided the helper on the second score, while Sawada collected his second assist of the match, perfectly placing a short cross from the right wing to the front of the net for Ogunmodede's third.
Freshman Chayce Moniz got in on the scoring action with his first collegiate score with just over six minutes remaining as sophomore Jared Herselman legged a pass from beyond the midfield stripe to Moniz who carried it into the 18-yard box and beat the sliding keeper to the far netting.
The Orediggers' 19th straight win over the Cougars kept their unbeaten streak intact at five and bumped their overall record to 5-1-2 and RMAC record to 2-0-2. With their seventh straight setback, CCU dropped to 1-7-0 and 0-4-0, respectively.
Mines is back on the road next weekend for a pair of RMAC contests, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 at UC-Colorado Springs.