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Mines moves to Elite Eight

November 17, 2012 | 12:19 am No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Anna Evans showed Friday afternoon what the conference offensive player of the year can do with very little space and a team struggling to control the ball.

Evans fired from the top of the penalty area into the upper left corner past a stretched out Dani Hering in the 39th minute. The goal for the Colorado School of Mines came after Metropolitan State University of Denver had controlled much of the play and launched three long-range shots on the Orediggers’ goal.

Evans laser ruptured the Roadrunners, who would fall behind 2-0 on a Megan Woodworth goal assisted by Evans in the 66th minute. While a late penalty would cut the margin to 2-1, the Orediggers would hold on for the win as the Roadrunners deliberate play never appeared to be enough.

Moving On: Mines (18-4-1) will return to Auraria Field in downtown Denver at noon on Sunday to face UC-San Diego, a 2-1 winner over Western Washington in the second game on Friday. The winner will advance to the Final Four and the national semifinal on Nov. 29.

The Tritons from UCSD (16-2-3) also needed overtime on Friday to get past the Vikings (19-4).

No Rush: Metro State (15-6-2), which was shutout 1-0 by Mines in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament on Nov. 2, narrowly avoided a second shutout on Friday.

Abby Rolph scored on a penalty kick in the 88th minute. While it added to the crowd noise for the final moments of the match, the Roadrunners’ seemed content for much of the day to use sustained time on the ball as an attack. Ultimately, it didn’t produce many goals.

Records: Along with evening the all-time series with Metro State at 6-6-4 and improving their NCAA tournament record to 7-2-3 in five appearances, the win also extended the Orediggers’ school-record unbeaten streak to 13 in a row and win streak to six in a row, one shy of matching the program record set in 2009 and matched in 2011.

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