Akindele Sets Record; Page-Belknap And Baker Head Mines Past ASU, 3-1
GOLDEN – The Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team held visiting Adams State to four shots on frame while posting 19 shots of its own, including eight on goal, in claiming a 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at the CSM Soccer Stadium in Golden.
Mines (9-3-2, 6-2-2 RMAC) has now posted wins in six of its last eight contests, while also outscoring the opposition by an 18-to-4 margin over the eight-match stretch.
The Orediggers got on the board in the 16th minute when junior Tesho Akindele knocked in an Alex Nass pass from 10 yards out into the upper, left-90 from the right side of the field. Akindele's team and conference-leading 16th goal of the season also put the Thornton native at the top of the Mines' goal charts with 51 for his career – breaking the mark of 50 that was set by Rob Zimmerman (1982-85).
Mines continued to hold possession in the ASU end of the pitch throughout the majority of the first half in posting a 12-to-4 shots advantage during the stanza, and the squad added its second goal on Zach Page-Belknap's second score of the season in the 32nd minute. The senior took a short pass from Seun Ogunmodede and headed it into the right side of the goal from six yards out to put Mines up 2-0 in the first half.
The 2-0 lead would hold until the break, and it would take until the 58th minute before ASU got on the board with an unassisted goal by Erik Henricksen.
After seeing its shutout bid go by the wayside, Mines needed just 43 seconds before posting another score, this time by junior Baski Baker, to move the Oredigger lead to 3-1, which would stand as the match's final. Nass added his second assist of the match when he placed a perfect pass into the box with just enough space for Baker to get his head on it before colliding with ASU keeper, Mike Miller. Baker got enough steam on the ball to bounce slowly into the goal despite Miller getting his hands on it.
Senior keeper Manville Strand moved to 9-3-2 on the season after turning away three of ASU's four shots on goal while facing a total of 10 shots during the contest.
The Orediggers will make the short trek to Lakewood on Sunday for a matchup at Colorado Christian in its next go-round.