COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado School of Mines' men's soccer team yielded only one score Friday evening, yet that was all UC-Colorado Springs needed as the NSCAA No. 23 Orediggers suffered their first defeat in six contests, falling 1-0 in RMAC action at Mountain Lion Stadium in Colorado Springs.
Held scoreless in a defeat for just the third time in four seasons and first since a 3-0 setback versus No. 19 Metro State on Oct. 21, 2011, Mines dropped its overall record to 5-2-2 and league record to 2-1-2. With its first three-game win streak since the 2009 season, UCCS improved to 4-4-0 and 3-2-0, respectively.
The Mountain Lions only put five shots on target, including one in the decisive first half, yet steady pressure on the offensive end thanks to an 18-to-13 shots advantage and 7-to-2 margin on corners helped UCCS to hang on for the home upset.
Sophomore Marshall Hiner netted the game-winner in the 37th minute of the first with his first score of the year off a pass into the middle of the box from classmate Brandon Vongphackdy.
Senior Alex Nass and freshman Joe Haines each amassed four shots, while junior Tesho Akindele, the second-leading goal-scorer in Division II entering the weekend, took three shots, all on goal for the Orediggers, including a missed penalty kick attempt midway through the first.
The men continue the road swing at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 with a visit to nearby Metro State for the teams' season-series finale.