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#9 CSM claims first-ever RMAC Tournament title

DENVER, Colo. - In just the seventh year in existence the women's soccer program made its first-ever appearance in the RMAC Championship defeating Colorado Mesa by a score of 2-0 on its way to it first RMAC Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Mines controlled the possession in the first half as the Mavericks recorded their first shot 34 minutes into the match.

CSM would get on the board in the 20th minute of the match. Anna Evans chased down a ball in the corner and sent a cross in from the left side. CMU goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler came out to make a play on the ball but it went over her and to the back post where Alison Oien was wide open for the finish. It was Oien's first goal of the season.

The Mavericks picked up the pressure especially in the final 25 minutes in search of an equalizer. Perhaps CMU's best chance came off a header from Sara Islas in the 75th that CSM goalkeeper Penny Rogers tipped and caught on the back post.

Following a restart, Mines took the ball down field and Megan Woodworth cut across the box hitting the ball high and to the far post to beat the goalkeeper giving CSM a 2-0 lead in the 87th minute. For Woodworth it was her 12th goal of the season.

Rogers picked up the win improving to 9-0-1 on the season making two saves and was named RMAC Tournament MVP. Also joining Rogers on the All-Tournament Team, Dani Hering, Kelsey Neal and Woodworth.

The Orediggers (15-2-3 overall) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and sat in the #1 spot in the Central Region in this week's poll. Mines will likely host a NCAA Regional with the dates, times and opponents of the game to be determined during the selection show tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm at NCAA.com.

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