Grizzly seniors honored prior to match-up with fourth-ranked Orediggers
CSM tops Adams State, 5-0, on senior day at Mruphy Field
ALAMOSA – In what was perhaps the final game at Murphy Field for five Grizzlies on Friday afternoon, the Adams State men’s soccer team faced off against fourth-ranked Colorado Mines and after trailing by just one goal at intermission, fell 5-0 against the visiting Orediggers in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action.
In the last meeting between the two teams, the Colorado Mines (15-1-1, 12-1-1 RMAC) scored five goals in each half en route to a 10-0 victory. The Grizzlies (1-15, 1-12 RMAC) showed improvement in all facets of the game in the short time between their two meetings.
Prior to the start of Friday’s match, the Adams State men’s soccer program took a moment to recognize the contributions of five seniors, including team captains David Powers (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Tyler Corbin (Mancos, Colo.), who were both members of the men’s program’s inaugural season in 2009, as well as Beverly Hottor (Koforidua, Ghana), Diego Santos (Sao Paolo, Brazil) and Bruno Falcao (Joao Pessao, Brazil).
Tesho Akindele, the conference’s leader with 18 goals, started the scoring in the match, taking a rebound off a save from freshman keeper Dillon Lee (Arvada, Colo.) and putting the Orediggers ahead, 1-0, just three minutes and 10 seconds into the match.
Lee was solid in the net throughout the day. The freshman faced 19 shots, including 11 on goal in the first half, but ended the opening stanza with 10 saves, and totaled 11 for the match. When the Grizzlies played the Orediggers on Oct. 17, Lee tallied 11 saves.
Mines was held off the board for more tha 56 minutes after taking the lead. But in the 60th minute of action, Trevor Braun scored his first goal of the season for the Orediggers, corralling a bouncing ball following a Mines corner kick and sneaking it past Lee into the far right corner of the net.
Seun Ogunmodede scored a pair of goals for Mines, in the 69th and 78th minute, and Baski Baker capped off the scoring at the 85:44 mark. Braun and Akindele fired off six shots apiece to lead Mines, while Baski was good for five shots on the day Alex Gunberg recorded four.
The Ordiggers took 32 shots in the contest, four less than the Grizzlies allowed in the prior match-up, and allowed 17 shots on goal, six less than before. Meanwhile, the five shots taken by Adams State were more than they took in the last meeting, as sophomore Michael Geiger (Parker, Colo.) tallied two and junior Joseph Jallow (Oldjeshwang, Gambia) led the Grizzlies with three.
The Grizzlies will close out their RMAC schedule on Sunday afternoon in Durango, Colo., facing Fort Lewis. The Skyhawks, idle on Friday, are 10-5-2 this season and 9-2-2 in league play. Fort Lewis is currently second in the league standings and will be playing to assure themselves of the No. 2 seed in the league tournament.
Adams State hosted Fort Lewis on Sept. 24, falling 6-0 at Murphy Field. Coverage of Sunday’s match will include live video via America One (formerly B2 TV). For more information and purchase and view single games, click here.
The Grizzlies may then play one last game on Monday at Murphy Field, hosting California State-Los Angeles. The Golden Eagles, who enter this weekend with a 9-5-1 record and are 8-5-1 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play, contacted ASC coach Tim Busen about the possibility of playing the Grizzlies in the event that Cal State-L.A. qualifies for their conference tournament. The contest could help the Golden Eagles with NCAA tournament qualifying aspirations as it would be a non-conference, yet “in-region” game.
Updates on the status of the possible game will posted to www.ascgrizzlies.com.