Akindele Grabs Scoring Crown, Mines Downs Colorado Mesa, 1-0
GRAND JUNCTION – Junior Tesho Akindele recorded his sixth game-winner and the Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team made sure the score held as the Orediggers escaped Friday evening's clash against Colorado Mesa at Walker Field with a 1-0 decision.
Akindele further etched his name in the Mines record book as his conference-leading 15th goal just 2:48 into the match brought his career total to 50, equaling Rob Zimmerman's career mark set back in 1982 to 1985. The All-American and reigning RMAC Player of the Year worked his way through the Maverick defense and notched his third score in the last two games with an unassisted shot to the far side post.
The quick strike marked the second straight outing Mines got on the board within the opening three minutes of the game, and the Oredigger defense was more than up to the challenge of preserving the advantage, limiting CMU to just four shots and two shots on goals for the night.
With the decision, Mines improved to 8-3-2 and 5-2-2 in the conference, two points behind UC-Colorado Springs in second, while the Mavericks fell for just the second time in eight games and dropped to third in the RMAC at 6-3-0 and 8-4-1 overall.
The men return to CSM Soccer Stadium this Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. start with Adams State (1-9-0, 1-7-0 RMAC) in the lone meeting of the regular season between the two squads.