Orediggers Blank Regis 1-0; Advance To NCAA Second Round On Saturday
DALLAS – It was déjà vu for the Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team Thursday evening at the Patriot Soccer Field in Dallas, Texas as the NSCAA No. 15 Orediggers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Championship with their second 1-0 shutout over Regis in five days.
Similar to Sunday's one-nil win against the Rangers in the RMAC Championship, the Orediggers scored within the first five minutes of the game and withstood a flurry of offensive attacks in the second half for their fourth consecutive shutout and 13th this season.
The third NCAA postseason victory in the last two years was the 10th win in 11 contests for the women and extended their school record unbeaten streak to 11 in a row.
The second-seed Orediggers (16-4-1) will face top-seed and fourth-ranked Dallas Baptist (18-2-0) at 1 p.m. (MDT) on Saturday for the right to play in the finals of the South Central Region.
With the momentum from Sunday's title match on its side, Mines came out as the aggressors and were rewarded with a score just 1:51 into the contest as corner kick extraordinaire Megan Woodworth curved in her second opportunity of the game for her first career goal in NCAA postseason action. The score was her 10th this season and fourth game-clincher.
The Orediggers finished the frame with a 6-to-5 advantage on shots, yet had to sweat several anxious moments in the second half as Regis, aided by the wind at its back, sent 12 shots to the net, outshooting Mines 17-to-10 for the game.
Freshman keeper and RMAC Tournament MVP Jayln Yates helped stall the conference's second-ranked offense for the second straight outing with three saves and in doing so, moved into a tie for the single-season program record for shutouts with nine.
Regis, the RMAC regular season champions, finished the season with a 13-6-2 overall record.