Colorado School of Mines women's soccer players sing the school fight song Oct. 22 after beating Adams State.
Colorado School of Mines women's soccer players sing the school fight song Oct. 22 after beating Adams State. The 3-0 win was the Orediggers' final home game of the regular season. Credit: Corinne Westeman

For the Orediggers, scoring against the Grizzlies was like the first snow of the season.

It didn’t happen as soon as fans had hoped, but it was an inevitability.

The Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team crushed Adams State 3-0 during Mines’ last home game of the regular season on Oct. 22.

Now on a five-game win streak and ranked No. 14 in national polls, the Orediggers advanced to 11-2-3 overall and 7-1-2 in conference play. They also had a narrow lead in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings going into their Oct. 26 game at No. 5 Colorado Mesa and Oct. 29 game at Westminster.

Colorado School of Mines junior Reese McDermott receives the ball with her chest during the Oct. 22 home game versus Adams State.
Colorado School of Mines junior forward Reese McDermott receives the ball with her chest during the Oct. 22 home game versus Adams State. Mines won 3-0, and McDermott had three shots and one shot on goal during the game. Credit: Corinne Westeman

Whatever awaits them in their final regular-season games, the Orediggers hoped to extend their postseason play as long as possible by advancing to the RMAC tournament finals and getting an NCAA tourney bid.

Seniors Landry Corbett and Ava Harman said the unofficial team motto right now is “get another game.”

Harman added: “I’m really proud of our team and looking forward to seeing how far we go and what we can do.”

The Orediggers were doing a lot in their Oct. 22 against the Grizzlies. In the first half, they put up 18 shots, including eight on goal, and had three corner kicks. By comparison, the Grizzlies only had one shot the entire game.

Mines junior Reese McDermott, center, navigates the ball around Adams State defenders during the Oct. 22 game at Colorado School of Mines.
Mines junior forward Reese McDermott, center, navigates the ball around Adams State defenders during the Oct. 22 game at Colorado School of Mines. The Orediggers won 3-0. Credit: Corinne Westeman

Despite their relentless offense, Mines couldn’t quite beat the keeper and had several close calls throughout the first half. But, Corbett and Harman said, the players knew they had to keep at it and the goals would come eventually.

“We’ve had a couple of games this year where we’ve just struggled to get some (goals) in,” Harman continued. “Our coaches just say: ‘Keep doing what you’re doing. We know that they’ll come.’”

And that’s exactly what happened.

In the 52nd minute, sophomore defender Callie Fuhr played Harman a great ball near the Adams State goal. Harman headed it into the left side of the goal and finally broke the seal for the Orediggers with her second goal of the season and third of her collegiate career.

About 10 minutes later, junior midfielder Elisse Putnam found Corbett downfield. Corbett took a touch and shook the defender. With an open goal, Corbett sank it into the back of the net for her third goal of the season.

Mines freshman Bella Campos (10) winds up to kick the ball at the Adams State goal during the Oct. 22 game at Colorado School of Mines
Mines freshman forward Bella Campos (10) winds up to kick the ball at the Adams State goal during the Oct. 22 game at Colorado School of Mines. Campos scored the final goal of the day, helping the Orediggers win 3-0. Credit: Corinne Westeman

Then, in the 70th minute, freshman forward Bella Campos scored her 10th goal of the season as she drove up the right side of the box and sank the ball into the left side of the net. Putnam also assisted on Campos’ goal.

The Orediggers also had another goal that was called back for being offsides. But, in total, they put up 30 shots during the game, had eight corners, and took up 61% of the possession time.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Corbett said. “ … We held our ground, and I think we did a really great job.”

An unofficial Senior Day

The Colorado School of Mines women's soccer team honors its seven departing players during its Oct. 1 Senior Day ceremony.
The Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team honors its seven departing players during its Oct. 1 Senior Day ceremony. From left, they are: Brooke Pennington, Landry Corbett, Colleen Tyrrell, Emma Carstens, Brooke Patterson, Michelle Easley and Kate Clady. Credit: Courtesy of Mines Athletics

Although the Adams State game was the last home match of the regular season, Mines hosted its Senior Day celebration during the Oct. 1 game against Regis. The team celebrated its seven departing seniors, including Corbett.

The mechanical engineering student and senior midfielder said Oct. 22 felt like an unofficial Senior Day game, and she was thankful she scored a goal in the last regular-season home game.

Corbett added that she was proud of her teammates and her time at Mines, but was “excited to see what the rest of life brings” for her and her fellow seniors.

“I think my teammates have not only made me a better soccer player, but a better person,” Corbett continued. “ … I’ve never been as close to a team as I have this one, and I think it shows. I’m really going to miss them. This was a big part of my life, and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye.”

Colorado School of Mines junior Ellise Putnam, center left, hugs teammate Landry Corbett, center right, after Corbett's goal during the Oct. 22 home game against Adams State.
Colorado School of Mines junior Ellise Putnam, center left, hugs teammate Landry Corbett, center right, after Corbett’s goal during the Oct. 22 home game against Adams State. Putnam had two assists for the game, including the one for Corbett’s goal. Credit: Corinne Westeman

While Harman is returning for the 2024 season, she was reluctant to say goodbye to her teammates. She recalled their freshman class starting at Mines in fall 2020 and said the group grew incredibly close after everything they went through together.

“We were together all the time,” Harman said. “ … We got super-close that year, and it’s just been that way ever since.”

While her classmates are going their separate ways after this season, Harman was looking forward to one final year with the Orediggers. She’s already met next year’s freshman class, and she’s excited for Mines’ potential this postseason and into 2024.

“It’ll be sad to say goodbye to everybody,” she continued, “ … but I’m excited for the future too.”

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