Sophomore Tandem Gives No. 5 Orediggers 1-0 Overtime Win
LAKEWOOD – Sophomores Mel Westhoff and Rachael Turner combined for the golden goal as NSCAA No. 5 Colorado School of Mines women's soccer defeated Colorado Christian 1-0 in overtime Sunday at Trailblazer Stadium in nearby Lakewood.
With 90:00 minutes of regulation and most of the first overtime exhausted, Westhoff recorded her first collegiate score with 2:35 remaining in the extra session, finishing the pass by Turner to the upper 90 from 30 yards away.
The goal punctuated the program record eighth win in a row as well as record-tying fifth straight shutout and 10th in 12 games for Mines (11-0-1, 8-0 RMAC), extending the women's record unbeaten mark to 26 straight matches – tied for ninth-longest in Division II history.
The Orediggers have trailed only 92 seconds in the last 1732:38 minutes, giving up just three scores in 18 matches and accruing three separate five-game shutout streaks.
Mines allowed less than eight shots for the 11th consecutive match, outshooting the Cougars (4-7, 1-6 RMAC) 17-4, including 10-2 in shots on goal, and compiled a 7-0 advantage on corners.
Sophomore Jayln Yates (11-0-1) earned her ninth shutout in goal, making two saves. Yates is two shutouts shy of equaling her single-season record set in 2012 and six away from tying Briana Schulze (26; 2007-10) for both the career lead at Mines and No. 23 in the NCAA record book.
The women remain away from home Wednesday, Oct. 16, battling Regis (3-6-1, 0-3-1 RMAC) at 3:30 p.m. at Regis Match Pitch in Denver.