No. 7 Mines Outdoes No. 23 Lions In Third Round Shootout
GOLDEN – NSCAA No. 7 Colorado School of Mines women's soccer advanced to its fourth NCAA Tournament quarterfinal in six seasons on Friday with a 4-2 shootout decision against No. 23 Texas A&M-Commerce at CSM Soccer Stadium.
Mines (16-1-5), less than two weeks removed from earning its fourth straight RMAC Tournament title on penalty kicks, remained unbeaten in the round of 16 at 2-0-2 with the 1-1 draw.
Senior Kenzie King once again converted the determining score in the shootout bout after two of the initial three Lions' attempts caromed off the frame.
A turnover in the defensive third allowed Anitra Wright to capitalize with the day's opening tally at 9:41 as TAMUC (16-5-1) snapped the Orediggers' program record consecutive scoreless minutes streak at 769:41.
Senior Nicho Cusack netted the equalizer 6:44 into the second half, heading in an opportunistic point blank rebound following a deflection off the crossbar by Smith.
Mines finished the frame 9-6 on shots en route to a 16-10 afternoon advantage and 5-4 edge in on-goal chances.
Junior keeper Jayln Yates (16-1-5) had two saves in the 110:00 minutes.
The Orediggers host West Region champion Cal State Stanislaus at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the Elite Eight.