LAS VEGAS, N.M. – With the help of a three-goal cushion, the Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team withstood two second half scores by New Mexico Highlands at Perkins Stadium/Michael Messina Field Friday evening and came away as the 3-2 victor.
Despite surrendering more scores than the seven previous outings combined, Mines extended their win streak to a season-best five straight, improving to 11-4-0 and remained one point back of first in the RMAC at 8-3-0. With just their second loss over the last seven outings, the Cowgirls fell to 3-6-2 in the conference and 5-8-2 overall
The Orediggers' offense controlled much of the tempo in the early-goings, racking up five corners and eight shots in the first frame, and taking their initial lead in the 23rd minute as senior Megan Woodworth lifted a textbook free kick from the deep right wing to the far, left post where unmarked classmate Dani Hering headed it the opposite netting for her ninth of the season.
The Cowgirls kept the game within reach for the remainder of the half, yet within the first 2:11 of the second, Mines pushed the lead out to three-nil as junior Anna Evans logged her team-leading 11th at the 45:42 mark and senior Becca Morales recorded her fourth with 47:11 on the clock.
Off a through ball from Woodworth, Evans notched her score to the far post from eight yards out in the right side of the box. Shortly thereafter, Evans laid a short cross from the short right edge of the box to the front of the net where Morales capped the 2-on-1 break with an easy point blank score.
With the three points, Evans remained atop the RMAC with 29 for the year and moved into a share of the scoring lead with 11 goals, while Woodworth, already the Mines' career assists leader with 40, retained her conference lead with her ninth and 10th helpers.
Undeterred, NMHU responded moments later with its own pair of quick strikes as Kelsie Roberts carried a pass from Marci Johnson into the box for a score to the right frame in the 54th minute. Less than three minutes later at the 56:06 mark, Roberts found Crystal Schuder who took several dribbles and upon splitting two defenders, lined a shot from just inside the box to the middle, upper netting.
Even though the Cowgirls generated only three shots the rest of the way, NMHU nearly found the equalizer in the 86th minute, yet freshman keeper Jayln Yates snagged the short range shot from her knees for one of her four saves on the night.
The Orediggers close out the road portion of the regular season on Sunday with a short trek to Lakewood for a 3:30 p.m. start with Colorado Christian.