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Quick First Half Strikes Send Mines Past No. 17 Mountain Lions

COLORADO SPRINGS – A pair of early goals less than one minute apart gave the Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team the boost it needed on the road Friday evening as the Orediggers handed NSCAA No. 17 UC-Colorado Springs their first home loss of the year 3-0 at Mountain Lion Stadium.

Senior Becca Morales opened the scoring with her third goal of the season only 7:38 into the match as she found space inside the box and lifted a shot over the UCCS keeper.

On their next offensive sequence just 57 seconds later, the Orediggers struck again as senior Megan Woodworth beat the goalie to the low, right netting off a pass from junior Anna Evans. Woodworth's fourth score this year moved her into sole possession of second place on the Mines career goals chart with 31.

For the half, Mines outshot the Mountain Lions 13-to-2, including a decisive 6-to-1 in shots on goals, en route to advantages of 16-to-9 and 9-to-4, respectively, for the match.

Freshman Rachael Turner notched her first collegiate points midway through the second, adding an insurance tally in the 67th minute as she headed home a lofted pass from junior Kelsey Neal to the right corner of the goal.

With their third straight shutout over the Mountain Lions, the Orediggers improved their overall mark to 6-3-0 and 3-2-0 in the RMAC, while UCCS, with its second loss in three games and first home setback this season, fell to 7-2-0 and 3-2-0 in the conference.

Mines returns to the pitch this Sunday to continue RMAC play with a noon bout against Metro State at Auraria Field. The Roadrunners snapped a six-game winless streak to Fort Lewis earlier today, 1-0, and have won two of three versus the Orediggers after a 2-1 victory at CSM Soccer Stadium last Friday.

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