GOLDEN – The Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team put an emphatic end to its two-game losing streak on Sunday as the Orediggers cruised past N.M. Highlands for a 5-1 conference decision at CSM Soccer Stadium.
Starting freshman goalkeeper Jayln Yates gave Mines the initial momentum, bombing a punt from the east goal box that covered roughly 80 yards in the air before twice hitting the ground first on the outside of the opposite 18-yard square and then again near the penalty stripe, bouncing over the NMHU keeper. Needless to say the extremely unlikely score was the first of Yates' collegiate career in the Silver-and-Blue.
It was not until the latter stages of the first half though that the Mines' offense began to gather steam. Senior Megan Woodworth extended the lead to two with 8:11 left in the frame, placing a short pass ahead from inside the box from junior Anna Evans to the lower, right-90.
Less than four minutes later, senior Dani Hering added her team-leading seventh goal as she headed in a free kick from Evans at point blank range in front of the net.
The Orediggers added their third score in a span of 6:29 shortly thereafter as freshman Deirdre Johnson gathered a loose ball and lined a shot off a defender to the right netting from 15 yards deep.
Following the break, Molly Enenback ended the shutout for the Cowgirls in the 69th minute as she collected a free ball just in front of the net off a corner from Marci Johnson for her season's first score.
Sophomore Kendra Bulawa pushed the lead back out to four with an insurance tally in the 79th minute with an arching free kick from the deep left wing about 30 yards away for her second of the season.
With the two-game skid behind them, Mines improved to 5-3-0 overall with the victory and 2-2-0 in the RMAC, while NMHU fell for the fourth straight outing and dropped to 2-6-0 and 0-4-0 in conference play.
The Orediggers head to UC-Colorado Springs for a 7:30 p.m. bout on Friday, Sept. 28.