GOLDEN – Colorado School of Mines' soccer programs square off with Colorado State-Pueblo for the second and final time of the regular season on Sunday as the women welcome the ThunderWolves to CSM Soccer Stadium for a 12 p.m. start, while the men are slated for a 2:30 p.m. kick-off.
The women's knack of knocking off nationally-ranked teams continued Friday evening as the Orediggers (7-4-0 , 4-3-0 RMAC) downed NSCAA No. 23 Regis 2-0 for their second shutout of a top-25 squad in as many games after defeating then-No.17 UC-Colorado Springs 3-0 on the road last Friday.
Junior Bree Archuleta and senior Megan Woodworth provided the offense Friday with a pair of first half scores in the 17th and 44th minutes. Archuleta's first goal of the year came off the foot of senior Dani Hering, while senior Aubrey Bagley assisted on her classmate's score with a short cross from the left endline.
Following the Orediggers 2-0 decision over CSUP in the conference opener back on Sept. 14 at the Rawlings Soccer Complex, the all-time series stands pact at 6-6-1 with Mines winning the last five, including three via the shutout.
Despite the wet and frigid conditions, the Oredigger men's defense sizzled Friday night, holding NSCAA No. 3 Regis and the nation's top scoring offense at 3.89 goals per game nearly three goals below its season-average, yet it was not enough as the Rangers escaped Golden with the 1-0 shutout.
With their second one-nil defeat in the last three games, the Orediggers fell to 6-3-2 and 3-2-2 in the conference, but remain only four points out of second place in the RMAC standings.
Sunday's contest with the ThunderWolves will be the 37th in the series since 1992, with Mines holding a 23-9-4 record during that span. The two squads have played to 1-1, double-overtime draws the past two meetings, while the Orediggers are in the midst of a seven-game unbeaten streak dating back to a 1-0 loss on Oct. 14, 2007.