Nov. 20, 2009

Courtesy of Colorado Mines Athletics

DENVER, Colo. –
The 21st-ranked Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team played to a 0-0 double overtime tie with #4 Metro State on Friday afternoon at Auraria Field in the NCAA Division II Central Region Championship. Mines advanced to the quarterfinal round winning in a shootout, 4-3.

Metro State had a pair of chances early in the match. First, CSM goalkeeper Briana Schulze saved a shot by Jen Thomas in the fifth minute. Becca Mays countered off Schulze’s save with a header that was wide right of the goal post 30 seconds later.

Kayla Mitchell sent a free kick from the corner near the right side of the box in the 12th minute of the match. Mitchell drove the ball far post but the ball was cleared off the line by a Metro State defender. Megan Woodworth drilled a free kick from near midfield on target in the 15th minute but Metro State goalkeeper Becca Maloney came out to make the save.

Mitchell just missed after finding space near the top of the box and turning to hit a shot that went just over the top of the crossbar in the 35th minute. In the 38th minute, Mitchell sent a corner kick into the box that bounced around before Stefanie Frelinger’s shot was blocked and eventually cleared out by MSCD.

A free kick in the 50th minute snuck past Maloney but Mitchell was unable to track the ball down before it went out-of-bounds. Mitchell found space in the 58th minute as she played a through ball to Angelica Schira just behind the Metro State defense but Maloney came out to stop the attempt. Madison McQuilliams’ shot in the 60th minute was cleared off the goal line by Schira.

In the first overtime period, Mitchell and Woodworth both tallied shots while Metro State record a shot as well but neither team scored sending the match to a second overtime period. The Roadrunners tallied a pair of shots in the second overtime period while Aubrey Bagley recorded a shot on goal for Mines but neither team scored sending the match to a shootout.

In the shootout, CSM goalkeeper Briana Schuzle stopped MSCD’s first penalty kick attempt by Becca Mays pushing her shot wide right and off the post. Mitchell followed and converted to give CSM a 1-0 lead. Metro followed converting its penalty kick. Caitlyn Ruegger hit the crossbar for Mines, MSCD’s Courtney Ryan and Mines’ Kelsey Lang both converted their attempts. After three kicks each team had converted two attempts. Schulze saved the next attempt by Ashley Nemmers and Jessica Stark converted to give CSM a 3-2 advantage. McQuiliams tied the shootout at three as she converted. The next two players were unable to convert. CSM’s Woodworth hit the crossbar and once again Schulze came up with the save stopping Kathyrn Gosztyla. Dani Hering stepped up converting her penalty kick allowing CSM to advance.

Briana Schulze made a career-high 11 saves as she faced 22 shots in the match and 12 corner kicks to earn her ninth shutout of the season. It was the 15th shutout of the season for CSM as a team.

The 21st-ranked Orediggers (19-4-1) will play the winner of #3 Grand Valley State and #11 Northern Kentucky on Sunday, Nov. 22nd at 1:00 pm at Auraria Field. The winner on Sunday will advance to the Final Four in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, Dec. 3rd.