Metro State upsets Colorado Mines 3-1 to reach regional championship
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Metro State scored two first-half goals to knock off regional top seed Colorado Mines 3-1 on Sunday to advance to the South Central Region Championship. The Roadrunners improved to 14-4-3 overall, while the Orediggers had their 34-game unbeaten streak snapped and end their season at 19-1-1. It was the fifth-longest unbeaten streak in NCAA Division II history.
Both teams battled ferocious winds in the game, but Metro State had the wind at its back in the first half. Maggie Rojas took advantage first, heading in Brittany Cito's cross from the right wing at 21:58 for the early 1-0 lead.
Nicole Pollack added to the lead at 39:54. Abby Rolph's initial shot was saved, but Pollack pushed the rebound past the Mines goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead.
Taking advantage of the wind, Metro State outshot CSM 6-3 in the first half.
The Orediggers came out strong early in the second half with three shots on goal in the first 15 minutes, but goalkeeper Karisa Fernandez was there to stop all three shots.
Metro State caught a break and took a 3-0 lead at 59:43 when Brandi Farley's cross from the right corner was headed into the net by CSM defender Kelsey Neal.
Mines scored five minutes later when a goal kick was knocked back by the wind to the top of the box and Jaclyn Knott scored from 17 yards out.
That was the final goal, despite the Orediggers outshooting Metro State 10-4 in the second half with the wind advantage.
Fernandez made six saves in the game.
Metro State avenged a 3-0 loss to Colorado Mines on Oct. 30 in Golden. Sunday was the fourth time in the past five seasons that the two teams have met at the NCAA tournament. The Orediggers eliminated the Roadrunners at Auraria Field in 2009 and 2012, with Metro State advancing on penalty kicks in 2010 in Durango, Colo.
The Roadrunners will face St. Edward's in the regional championship game on Friday in Bellingham, Wash. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie earlier this season.