GOLDEN – The Colorado School of Mines men' soccer team continued its end of the year momentum Sunday in Golden as the Orediggers collected their sixth win in the last seven contests with a 2-0 shutout of visiting Colorado Mesa on Senior Day.
With the No. 2 seed and a berth in the semifinals of the RMAC Tournament already sewn up, the men avoided any looking ahead to Friday's postseason action and kept their perfect all-time series record against CMU intact at 12-0-0, while finishing the regular season with a 12-4-2 mark and 9-3-2 in the conference.
Junior Baski Baker opened the scoring just 6:25 into the match as he collected a loose ball off a deflected strike by freshman Joe Haines and sent it to center net with a straight-on, 13 yard shot for his fourth this season.
The 1-0 Mines' advantage stood all the way until the 76:00 mark when junior Tesho Akindele found Baker with a cross from the right boundary to the top of the box and Baker then quickly shuttled the ball over to senior Alex Nass who ripped his first of the year from seven yards away to the bottom, left-90.
The Mavericks outshot the Orediggers 15-to-11, including 6-to-4 in shots on target, and finished with a 3-to-2 edge on corner, yet six saves by senior keeper Manville Strand allowed Mines to secure the regular season finale.
With just two goals allowed and 17 saves in the last 540:00 of work, Strand climbed into first in the RMAC with a 0.807 saves percentage and ranks second in goals-against-average at 0.89. His sixth shutout of the season brought him within one of Kevin Galloway (2003-06) and the career record at Mines of 24.
With the RMAC Tournament bracket set, the Orediggers will face the Wednesday quarterfinal winner between No. 3 seed Metro State (11-6-1, 8-5-1 RMAC) and No. 6 seed and defending national champion Fort Lewis (9-7-2, 6-6-2 RMAC). Due to no stadium lighting at top-seeded Regis, Mines will host its semifinal match at the CSM Soccer Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.