KANSAS CITY, Kan. – After claiming two RMAC Tournament Championships and berths in the NCAA Division II Championships, the Colorado School of Mines men's and women's soccer teams earned Top-25 rankings in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire Division II National Poll of the year.
With their second consecutive trip to the national quarterfinals, the women finished the season slotted No. 7, while the men earned a final ranking of No. 21 thanks to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three seasons.
Upon advancing to the Elite Eight for the third time in the last four years, the women were eliminated on penalty kicks for the second season in a row, falling 6-to-5 in a shootout to then-No. 5 UC-San Diego at Metro State's Auraria Field.
The two-time defending RMAC Tournament champs ended the year 18-4-2 and on a school-record 14-game unbeaten streak. The Orediggers also set a new single-season mark for shutouts with 15, including five in six postseason games (RMAC, NCAA).
Despite one of the toughest schedules in all of Division II, the men finished the season 14-5-2, knocking off then-No. 1 and previously-unbeaten Regis in the RMAC Finals for their second tournament championship since 2010 and fourth in program history.
Making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and third of the last four years, the RMAC regular season runners-up fell to then-No. 13 Incarnate Word 4-2 in the Second Round on Nov. 10 in Golden.