Nov. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Colorado School of Mines

Durango, Colo. - The 21st-ranked Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team held off Regis University for a 2-1 victory on Thursday afternoon at Dirks Field in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This is the Orediggers second appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the program's first win.

Kayla Mitchell found the net for her 28th goal of the season in the 11th minute of the match. Mitchell tracked down a ball in the far left corner of the box, controlled it and cut back in front of the goal beating a defender and the Regis goalkeeper near post.

Mitchell scored again giving Mines a 2-0 lead in the 34th minute. In almost identical fashion, Mitchell collected a lose ball in the corner of the box and snuck it past the goalkeeper just inside the near post for her 29th goal of the season.

The Rangers came back and cut their deficit to one goal in the 59th minute of the match. Katie Horn served a ball from near midfield that CSM goalkeeper Briana Schulze was unable to control out of the air. Chelsea Reichard was on the other end of the lose ball and scored her eighth goal of the season.

Mitchell found herself one-on-one with the RU goalkeeper in the 70th minute but hit her shot high and over the top of the goal. Regis attempted eight corner kicks in the match and nearly tied the game when a scrambled ensued in front of the goal in the 73rd minute. The two teams looked to be headed for overtime when Reichard scored again but the goal was called off as Reichard was offsides in the 90th minute.

Briana Schuzle earned the win in goal for CSM making three saves.

The Orediggers (18-4) will play host team and the #2 seed in the Central Region in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 14th at 1:00 pm at Dirks Field.