DALLAS, Texas – The NSCAA 15th-ranked Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team's end of the season momentum continued Saturday as the Orediggers ousted top-seed and No. 4 Dallas Baptist, 3-0, in NCAA Division II Second Round Championship action at the Patriot Soccer Field in Dallas.
The Orediggers (17-4-1) held the host Patriots (18-3-0) and the nation's fifth-ranked scoring offense (3.25 goals/game) scoreless for just the second time this season, posting their fourth straight shutout in postseason play (RMAC, NCAA) and 14th overall, while recording the most goals in NCAA postseason play in program history.
With their fourth NCAA Tournament win of the last two seasons, Mines extended its school record unbeaten streak to 12 in a row, while snapping the Heartland Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions' win streak at 14 straight.
The Patriots put 6-of-10 shots on target in the first half, outshooting the Orediggers 10-to-4, yet it was Mines that took the lead into the break as junior Anna Evans ripped a feed from freshman Mel Westhoff from 20 yards away with 1:40 remaining in the frame.
The RMAC Offensive Player of the Year was not done though, and at the 54:00 mark, Evans raced from midfield and placed her next shot attempt to the bottom, right-90 for the 2-0 Mines lead and her 16th this season.
Freshman keeper and RMAC Tournament MVP Jayln Yates had one of her finest efforts in goal for the Orediggers, collecting seven saves for her 10th shutout, a new single-season record at Mines, and 17th win in 22 contests.
As the first team to advance to the round of 16, the Orediggers will await the winner of tomorrow's second and third-seed matchup between St. Edward's and Metro State. The third round games are slated for Friday, Nov. 16 with times and locations yet to be determined.