Just a week after a bitter overtime defeat to No. 2 Fort Lewis, the Lady Orediggers lost another hard fought game, falling 2-1 to Metro State. The loss marks the first time Mines (4-3-0 overall, 1-2-0 RMAC) has lost consecutive games since October 2010.
The game opened with a fast pace, as neither team was able to maintain control for the first five minutes. But in the sixth minute, Metro’s Tess Hagenlock scored the first goal of the game on a kick from about 25 yards out that just slipped in over the head of CSM goalie Jayln Yates. After a few more wide shots by the Roadrunners, Mines responded with their own counter-attack in the 17th minute when a Megan Woodworth pass caught the foot of Anna Evans and she struck a point blank shot into the back of the net to tie the score up at one apiece.
The score remained tied at 1-1 until Metro State broke through in the 61st minute. This would prove to be the game winner as shot after shot by Mines missed its target. The Lady Orediggers had their best chances to tie the score up in the final ten minutes when a few Roadrunner fouls gave the Orediggers the majority of the possession. Mines’ final chance came on a free kick by Woodworth from just outside the penalty box. Her initial attempt hit the wall and after collecting her own rebound, her final shot just missed wide right as the clock expired.
On the night, the Lady Orediggers outshot the Roadrunners 11-5 but simply could not find the back of the net. With her goal, Evans now has six on the year, which is tied for the team lead and third most in the RMAC. Megan Woodworth recorded her fifth assist of the year in the contest as well.
The Lady Orediggers now head on a three game road trip before returning to the CSM Soccer Stadium October 5 when they will host Regis University.