November 18, 2011
#8 Mines advances to Elite Eight with a 1-0 win over Fort Lewis
GOLDEN, Colo. – The eighth-ranked Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team met Fort Lewis College for the third time this season and for the final time came away victorious, 1-0, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon.
The lone goal of the day came early in the match in the seventh minute. Megan Woodworth chipped a ball into the box and Fort Lewis defender attempted to clear the ball but misplayed it. The ball dropped to Anna Evans who one-touched the ball far post for her 13th goal of the season. The assist was Woodworth's 14th on the year.
Mines pressed in search of a second goal in the second half recording seven shots compared to just one for the Skyhawks. CSM's best chance came off a corner kick in the 65th minute.
Woodworth played a perfect ball into the box and Erin Onat
headed the ball at what looked to be a wide open goal but FLC goalkeeper Amanda Raso knocked it away. Kelsey Neal
hit a shot low and hard off the save but it was blocked out of bounds.
Hayley Hollenga hit the post in the 75th
minute while a ball nearly dropped in the box to the feet of a FLC attacker in the final seconds but goalkeeper Penny Rogers
came off her line to collect the ball as time winded down.
The Orediggers will play host to the two-time defending National Champion, #1 Grand Valley State, on Sunday. The Lakers defeated #9 Northern Kentucky, 3-1 on Friday afternoon. This will be the third meeting all-time between the two schools. GVSU visited Golden in 2007 coming away with a 1-0 victory. The two teams met in the Elite Eight in 2009 and the Lakers won 3-0.
The 8th-ranked Orediggers (17-2-3) will play Grand Valley State for the right to go to the Final Four in Pensacola, Fla. on Sunday, Nov. 20th at 1:00 pm at the CSM Soccer Stadium.
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