DENVER – In a fiercely contested match that featured 22 fouls and seven cards, including two ejections, the NSCAA No. 23 Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team came out as the victor, prevailing over host Metro State 2-0 at Auraria Field on Sunday.
The Orediggers' third blank slate in their last four games and second over the Roadrunners moved their overall season mark to 6-2-2 and RMAC record to 3-1-2, while Metro State fell to 6-4-0 and 3-3-0 in the conference. Along with the 1-0 home shutout back on Sept. 21, the wins mark the first time since the 2002 season Mines has swept the regular season with the Roadrunners.
Despite the physicality, both offenses were in full stride, combining for 43 total shots on the day, including 28 in the second half. Metro State outshot Mines in both frames en route to a 24-19 advantage, yet it was the Orediggers that capitalized on their scoring chances.
Junior speedster Seun Ogunmodede broke the deadlock in the 34th minute as freshman Joe Haines delivered a long pass ahead and upon racing by the defense, Ogunmodede flicked the ball over the keeper for the fast-break goal and his fifth score this year.
Classmate Tesho Akindele added an insurance goal, his conference-leading 12th of the season, with just 11 seconds left in the game as he blasted a strike from the right wing just inside the box off a cross from freshman Richard Garvey.
Senior keeper Manville Strand turned away all six shots on goal and helped nullify a 6-to-0 advantage on corner kicks by the Roadrunners for his second shutout and 19th of his career, five shy of tying the Mines all-time program mark set by Kevin Galloway (2003-06).
Up next for the Orediggers is a home bout with current unbeaten RMAC leader and fifth-ranked Regis (8-0-1, 6-0-0 RMAC) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 at CSM Soccer Stadium.