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November 17, 2012

No. 15 Mines, No. 5 Tritons Meet With Final Four Trip On The Line

GOLDEN – The No. 15 Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team will look to book a trip to Evans, Ga., and the NCAA Final Four with an Elite Eight matchup against UC-San Diego at Auraria Field on the Metro State campus in Denver.

The Orediggers (18-4-1) pushed their win streak to six with a 2-1 victory over Metro State on Friday to advance to the program's second-straight Elite Eight, and the third in the last four years. The goal given up by Mines' in Friday's third-round matchup with MSUD was the first in over 584 minutes – a span of more than five matches. It was the first goal given up by the Oredigger defense this postseason (RMAC, NCAA). 

Mines is tied for fifth in the nation in terms of shutout percentage (as of Nov. 11) with a mark of .636 while also sitting sixth nationally with a .492 saves percentage on the season. 

RMAC Offensive Player of the Year Anna Evans notched her 17th goal of the season in the 39th minute while fellow First Team All-RMAC selection Megan Woodworth added her 11th of the season in the 66th minute to account for Mines' two scores in Friday's contest. 

In addition to the squad's current six-match win streak, Mines has posted a 13-match unbeaten streak that started with a 2-0 victory over Regis on October 5. The squad is currently one win away from tying the school record of 19 that was set during the 2009 season. 

No. 5 UC-San Diego (16-2-3) enters the contest on a seven-match unbeaten streak, including a 2-1 overtime victory over Western Washington on Friday. The Tritons are in search of an eighth NCAA National Championship in women's soccer, with five of the team's seven coming as a member of NCAA Division III. The squad has captured two Division II National Championships – coming in the program's first two years at the Division II level (2000, 2001). 

The winner of Sunday's match will advance to the NCAA Division II Semifinals and Finals at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., on November 29-December 1. The Peach Belt Conference will host the NCAA Division II Final Four. 

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