No. 8 Orediggers Wrangle N.M. Highlands, 3-0
GOLDEN – Senior Anna Evans recorded her first brace and NSCAA No. 8 Colorado School of Mines women's soccer broke open a one-goal lead with two scores over the final 15:14 to buck New Mexico Highlands 3-0 on a cold Friday evening in Golden.
Despite temperatures hovering in the low 30s, both teams opened aggressively on offense and with 4:04 remaining in the first half, Evans initiated the scoring, taking a short feed from sophomore Rachael Turner on her left and finishing 7 yards out to the right net.
The one-nil advantage stood until the 75th minute when senior Jordan Hopper played a corner attempt to Evans in the deep right wing, and with no defenders closing in, the Arvada native delivered a 26-yard left-footed blast just under the crossbar to the high, left-90.
Her team-leading fifth of the year and sixth career multi-goal game moved Evans into a tie for second in the RMAC in both goals and points (11).
Less than four minutes later at 78:31, the freshman tandem of Michelle Teramura and Jaclyn Knott provided the final margin as Knott beat a charging keeper to the right from 14 yards out with her season's third score following a short right wing cross by Teramura.
Evans and Knott combined for five of the team's nine shots on goal, while senior Kelsey Neal, junior Kendra Bulawa and freshmen Caitlin Kaltenbaugh and Anna Deleray each had look on net. The women outshot the Cowgirls (4-3-2, 2-3 RMAC), 21-7.
Sophomore keeper Jayln Yates preserved the shutout with five saves, running her season mark to 8-0-1.
Ranked fifth in Division II in shutouts entering the match, Mines (8-0-1, 5-0 RMAC) has shut out seven of its nine foes, surrendering only two scores this season, including just one over the last 778:26.
The Orediggers and their program-record 23-game unbeaten streak are back on the road Sunday, taking on Adams State (3-3-3, 0-2-3 RMAC) at 10 a.m. at ASU Soccer Field in Alamosa.