DENVER – For the second time in as many games, the Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team impeded the potent offense of conference-foe Regis, yet it was not enough as the NSCAA No. 1 Rangers edged the Orediggers 1-0 in their home finale on Tuesday.
Regis, the last unbeaten squad in Division II, began the week with the second-ranked scoring offense nationally in terms of goals per game (3.71) and total goals (52), but only needed the lone score to improve its record to 14-0-1 and 12-0-0 in the RMAC.
Similar to the season's first meeting in Golden on Oct. 5 when the Orediggers held the then-No. 3 Rangers and the nation's top scoring offense (3.89 goals/game) to nearly three goals below its season-average, Mines limited the RMAC regular season champs to just eleven shots and three shots on frame Tuesday.
The Rangers came up with the determining goal in the 20th minute as Alex Tarnoczi fed Martin Maybin who laid the ball to the middle of the box where David Key recorded his first of the season.
Seniors Zach Page-Belknap and Alex Nass, junior Tesho Akindele and sophomore Tanner McManus all tallied a shot on goal as the Orediggers generated more shots than any team Regis has faced this season, outshooting the Rangers 17-to-11 and 4-to-3 in SOG. The eight corner attempts by Mines were also the most allowed by Regis in game this year.
At 10-4-2 overall and 7-3-2 in the RMAC, the Orediggers remain in second place in the conference standings by one point over UC-Colorado Springs and Metro State. Already assured of a spot in the postseason tournament, the men close the regular season with two home contests this weekend, beginning with a 7:30 p.m. bout on Friday with UCCS (8-6-1, 7-4-1 RMAC) at the CSM Soccer Stadium.