No. 8 Colorado Mines wins OT battle
Onat tallies game-winner to lift Orediggers by Minnesota State
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Eighth-ranked Colorado Mines scored with 43 seconds left in the first overtime period to top Minnesota State-Mankato 1-0 and advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday afternoon.
On a blustery day both teams battled the wind and despite CSM having 13 shots in the game compared to just four for Minnesota State neither team put many shots on target. Mines had five shots on goal while the Mavericks had zero on the day.
Anna Evans got behind the MSU defense on the left side in the box in the 34th minute shooting near post but goalkeeper Molly McGough game up with the same. Megan Woodworth rifled a shot through a crowd from the top of the box towards the far post in the 40th minute but again McGough came up with the save.
The best chance for the Orediggers came in the first overtime period as Erin Onat struck a ball from 20 yards out in the 92nd minute that McGough just tipped over the cross bar. Less than a minute later Onat hit another shot that went just wide right.
CSM finally broke through with the clock winding down in the 100th minute as Evans dribbled down the right side and played a perfect ball into the middle of the box for Onat who came running in to slot the ball far post for the game-winner.
The Oredigger defense recorded its 10th shutout of the season as CSM goalkeeper Penny Rogers improved to 10-0-1 on the season with the win.
Colorado Mines (16-2-3) will host Fort Lewis for the Central Region title next Friday, Nov. 18th at the CSM Soccer Stadium.