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Back-To-Back First Half Scores Propel Orediggers Past Mavericks

GRAND JUNCTION - A pair of scores separated by less than three minutes midway through the first half lifted the Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team to its third straight conference victory as the Orediggers blanked Colorado Mesa, 2-0, Friday at Walker Field in Grand Junction.

Their third straight conference win and fifth in the last six contests pushed the women's record to 6-3-0 and just one point back of second place in the standings, and improved their overall mark to 9-4-0. The Mavericks dropped to 5-2-2 and 8-2-3, respectively, with their first home setback of the year.

Team scoring-leader Dani Hering headed in her eighth score of the season 20:21 into the game off a sequence of passes from senior classmate Megan Woodworth and junior Kelsey Neal.

Just over two and half minutes later at the 22:58 mark, junior Anna Evans added her seventh net finder with a shot from outside the goal box, set up by a pair of feeds from junior Bree Archuleta and Woodworth.

Already the school's all-time assists leader, Woodworth's two helpers on the night brought her career total to 38 and matched the fourth-best single-season total of seven that she set back in 2009.

The Orediggers finished with a slim 14-to-13 edge in shots, yet held a deciding 9-to-4 advantage in shots on target and 4-to-2 margin on corner kicks. Freshman Jayln Yates turned aside all four shots in goal en route to her fifth collegiate shutout, already third most in the Mines career annals.

Mines returns to Golden on Sunday for a noon start with RMAC foe Adams State (4-9-0, 2-7-0 RMAC) in the teams' lone matchup of the regular season.

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