Men’s Soccer goes 1 for 2 in last three games

After 89 minutes of scoreless play against the Adams State Grizzlies on October 11, the Orediggers lost a heartbreaker in what would become their first shutout appearance of the 2013 season. The Orediggers managed an astounding 27 total shots during the game, their third most of the season, but could never find the back of the net.
Attacking midfielder, #10 Tesho Akindele lead the Orediggers in shots, with eight, three of which were on target. Defenseman, # 17 Jared Herselman, who found himself on the attacking end a few times during the game, had the next most shots with four, two of which were on target. Chayce Moniz, Alex Gunberg, Richard Garvey, and Joe Haines all contributed three shots to the Orediggers’ attempts. Upsettingly, none of these attempts found their way to the back of the net due to an outstanding game by Adams State Keeper, #0 Jared Wilson who racked up a total of 11 saves in the game.
While trying to clear a header shot from Grizzlies #5 Bryce White, an own goal was scored at 88:31 by the Oredigger defense. This amounted to a disappointing finish to an otherwise strong defensive game. The Oredigger defense played strong and only allowed the Grizzlies three shots on goal before the own goal.

VS. FORT LEWIS (10/13)
After a disappointing loss to the Adams State Grizzlies on Friday, the CSM Orediggers’ Men’s Soccer team came back with a dominating victory on Sunday the 13 against Fort Lewis. The 5-2 victory was lead by a hat trick game by Mines’ very own Tesho Akindele.
By the end of the first minute of the game, the Orediggers took a 1-0 lead thanks to a rapid by start by the offense. A right cross from #8 Garvey connected with #7 Haines, who finished the play with his second goal of the season at 0:22. In the seventeenth minute, Akindele scored his ninth goal of the season, and second goal of the game off of an assist by #14 Moniz to put the Orediggers up 2-0. In the twenty-fifth minute, Fort Lewis’ #25 Tamino Kroeger scored off of an assist by teammate #7 Austin Derksen. This would be Fort Lewis’ only goal until the eighty-seventh minute of the game. Before the end of the first half, #11 Seun Ogunmodede would score a close header off of a cross from Jared Herselman in the forty-third minute giving the Orediggers a 3-1 lead when the whistle blew.
The Orediggers carried their momentum into the second half. The second half started rough with multiple fouls from each side, which eventually lead to a penalty kick goal in the fifty-seventh minute for the Orediggers scored by Akindele, his second goal of the day. Less than 10 minutes later, in the sixty-fourth minute, an assist from Oredigger Gunberg connected with Akindele who finished the play with a 10-yard shot to complete his hat trick. This goal put the Orediggers up 5-1, the largest lead they would hold in the game. In the eighty-seventh minute, the Orediggers let up a consolation goal to Fort Lewis’ Jordan Alexander. The game ended in a 5-2 victory for the Orediggers, who finished the game with a record of 8-2-1 on the season and 6-2-0 in the RMAC.

This past Wednesday, the Orediggers traveled to Grand Junction to take on the Colorado Mesa Mavericks for the second time this season. The Orediggers won 1-0 in the teams’ first encounter on September 20. This time, the Mavericks would have it their way, pulling out a 2-1 win over the CSM Orediggers.
The Orediggers held the advantage in both shots and shots on goal with 19 and 9 respectively versus the Mavericks’ six shots and five shots on goal. However, Mavericks’ keeper, #1 Micah Conrads pulled out a staggering eight saves in the game, only allowing one goal which came off the boot of Oredigger #10 Tesho Akindele assisted by #7 Joe Haines in the forty-eighth minute of the game. This goal tied the game at 1-1. The game remained tied until the eightieth minute when Mesa player Stevie Palma scored a goal from deep, over Oredigger keeper Colin Baker giving Mesa a 2-1 lead. After this goal, the Orediggers had 5 more shots, two of which were on target, but could not score the tying goal. Akindele lead the team with six shots and one goal. Haines had four shots in the game, #8 Richard Garvey, #9 Baski Baker, and #17 Jared Herselman all had two.
The game ended in a 2-1 loss for the Orediggers, who finished the game at 8-3-1 in the season and 6-3-0 in the RMAC standings. The Orediggers are currently in third in the RMAC behind first place Regis and second place Metro State.

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