Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Metro St. Athletics

DURANGO, Colo. -
Metro State advanced past Colorado Mines 5-4 on penalty kicks after tying the Orediggers 1-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Durango, Colo. The Roadrunners moved to 12-5-3 this season, while CSM ended the year at 11-6-4.

Anna Evans put CSM ahead 1-0 in the first half, scoring unassisted in the 27th minute as she broke free from two Metro State defenders for a breakaway. Metro State goalkeeper Sarah Tanous stopped a breakaway several minutes later to keep it a one-goal game.

The Roadrunners came out of halftime with control of the ball for much of the period after struggling to maintain possession in the first half. That led to a breakaway for Aubrey Fondy in the 55th minute, taking a header pass from Aleah DeGeneres from midfield.

Each team had a couple of chances in the final half hour of regulation, but nothing led to a goal.

DeGeneres had a breakaway just two minutes into overtime, but Mines goalkeeper Briana Schulze made the save on the first shot attempt, deflecting the ball up into the air. DeGeneres corralled the rebound, but missed high on a wide open net to keep the game alive. She also had a shot on goal with less than three minutes left in the second overtime.

CSM converted its first two penalty kicks in the shootout. Caitlin Oliver scored first for Metro State, but Becca Medina hit the crossbar to give Mines the early 2-1 advantage after two rounds. However, Tanous came up huge, diving to her left to save Megan Woodworth's shot and Michael' Ann Karas scored to even the score at 2-2 after three rounds. Fondy and Madison McQuilliams each scored on their PK attempts and kept the score at 4-4 after five rounds. Tanous again made a save in the sixth round, stopping Aubrey Bagley's blast to her right, leaving Ashley Nemmers as the offensive hero as Nemmers scored the winning penalty kick to advance the Roadrunners.

Tanous made a career-high 10 saves during the game, the most saves for at Metro State goalkeeper since 2008.

Metro State will face third-ranked Fort Lewis on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Durango for a chance to advance to the regional championship.