GOLDEN – With two of the top teams in the conference squaring off and title implications on the line, Friday afternoon's contest between the Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team and No. 18 UC-Colorado Springs more than lived up to the hype as the Orediggers and Mountain Lions exhausted 90 minutes of regulation and two overtimes en route to a 2-2 stalemate.
With its first draw of the season, Mines moved to 12-4-1 overall and 9-3-1 in the RMAC and stayed in contention for the regular season crown, trailing current leader Regis (12-4-1, 10-2-1 RMAC) by three points and runner-up UCCS (13-2-2, 9-2-2 RMAC) by one with one game to play.
Despite only four shots in the first half, the Mountain Lions struck first as Hannah Levett lofted a cross from the left edge of the goal box to the front of the goal where Agnes Arnadottir connected on half-scissor kick to the left netting in the 20th minute.
The Orediggers countered not long after in the 32nd minute when junior Anna Evans navigated the left endline and found classmate Bree Archuleta who notched her third of the year with a point blank look to the lower, right-90.
Just before the break, the Mountain Lions went back ahead, 2-1, as a Mines defender misdirected a UCCS crossing pass with a header over the keeper for an own goal.
Undeterred, the Orediggers battled back once again to even the score at the 51:01 mark as Evans carried the ball down the middle of the field for nearly 30 yards before getting off a low stinger from 13 yards away to the bottom, left corner.
The score went unchanged for the remained of regulation, yet with fatigue kicking in and the cold becoming more of a factor, the teams could only muster three combined shots, two corners and on shot on goal in the extra sessions.
As a group, the Orediggers finished with favorable margins in total shots (21-to-10), shots on goal (11-to-7) and corner attempts (12-to-7), however UCCS keeper Kelly Schroeder put forth a noteworthy performance in goal with nine saves to her credit. Freshman Jayln Yates also turned in a notable effort for Mines, swiping five shots as her record moved to 11-4-1 in her first season.
Mines concludes the regular season at 12 p.m. on Sunday against Colorado Mesa (9-5-3, 6-5-2 RMAC). As part of their annual Senior Day celebration, the women will honor their six senior student-athletes – Aubrey Bagley, Amy Hegarty, Dani Hering, Becca Morales, Jelli Schira and Megan Woodworth – prior to kick-off.