Diggers Blank Colorado Mesa 3-0 To Grab Second Seed in RMAC Tourney
GOLDEN – Guided by two scores from senior Megan Woodworth, the Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to eight straight and more importantly clinched the No. 2 seed in the RMAC Tournament with a 3-0 Senior Day victory over Colorado Mesa Sunday in Golden.
The Orediggers entered the day third in the RMAC classification, but thanks to 1-0 decision by Metro State against UC-Colorado Springs, Mines (13-4-1) was able to jump the Mountain Lions in the final standings with 31 points and a 10-3-1 record. Regis matched their men's squad and claimed the regular season title and overall No. 1 seed, collecting the decisive one point with a 3-3, double overtime draw at Fort Lewis this afternoon.
Following a nil-nil first stanza, Woodworth got Mines on the board just 5:48 into the second as junior Anna Evans sent a low cross from the left end line into the box and after the keeper dove and was unable to gain control, Bree Archuleta tapped the ball forward and Woodworth put it over the line for the easy score.
At the 72:00 mark, Woodworth and Evans teamed up again, this time with Evans netting her team-leading 14th off a header from seven yards away. Woodworth passed the ball out to fellow senior Becca Morales who then sent a cross the front of the net setting up the scoring opportunity for Evans.
With the goal, Evans moved back atop the RMAC season rankings for both goals (14) and points (37).
With 2:29 remaining, the Orediggers tacked on a second insurance tally as freshman Rachael Turner lofted a pass ahead down the middle to Woodworth who was good from straight-on, 15 yards out for her second of the day and ninth this season.
The first multi-goal game of the year for Woodworth raised her career total to 36, two back of Evans for second in the Mines record book, while her helper kept her in the conference lead with 11 and brought her program record for career assists to 42.
The Orediggers put 11 of 14 shots on goal, outshooting the Mavericks 14-to-8 overall and 11-to-2 on frame.
The six senior student-athletes – Aubrey Bagley, Amy Hegarty, Dani Hering, Jelli Schira, Morales and Woodworth – were all joined by their parents and recognized on the field prior to the start of today's game.
As the regular season runner-up, the women earned an automatic berth into the semifinals of the tournament and due to no stadium lighting at Regis, Mines will host their semifinal bout at 12 p.m. at the CSM Soccer Stadium on Friday, Nov. 2. The Orediggers take on the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal between third-seeded Metro State (12-4-2, 9-3-2 RMAC) and sixth-seeded CMU (9-6-3, 6-6-2 RMAC).