Akindele’s Late Strikes Lift Mines Past ThunderWolves, 3-1
GOLDEN – Led by junior All-American and conference player of the year Tesho Akindele, the Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team avoided overtime and captured a 3-1 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo Sunday afternoon at the CSM Soccer Stadium.
With the score even at 1-1 entering the 81st minute, Akindele gathered a pass from classmate Seun Ogunmodede from the short left endline and sent home the straight-on look and decisive goal from eight yards deep.
Under three minutes later at the 83:08 mark, Akindele added a second score for good measure as he drilled a one-timer off a rebounded shot from senior Alex Nass from 16 yards out to the lower, left corner of the net.
Akindele's fourth multi-goal game of the year brings his conference leading total to 14, good for top-3 in Division II, and gives him 49 for his Silver-and-Blue career, just one shy of tying Rob Zimmerman (1982-85) for the all-time program mark, while his five points on the day set the new school career record at 119, moving him ahead of Zimmerman's previous total of 116.
The Orediggers wasted little time establishing the early momentum as freshman Chayce Moniz recorded his second collegiate score just 1:58 into the game with a 10-yard shot from in front of the net off a feed from Akindele from the close right wing.
Even though much of the first half was quite balanced in terms of possession, the score remained in Mines favor until the 69th minute when Matt Marchena weaved through several defenders along the top of the box before lining a low shot to the bottom, left-90 and squaring the game.
Sunday's win extended the Orediggers unbeaten streak versus the ThunderWolves (4-7-1, 2-5-1 RMAC) eight dating back to a 1-0 loss on Oct. 14, 2007, and pushed their overall record to 7-3-2 and 4-2-2 in the RMAC, good for fourth in the standings, just four back of next Friday's opponent, Colorado Mesa.
The men and the Mavericks (8-3-1, 6-2-0 RMAC) meet for the first time this season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at Walker Field in Grand Junction.