Game against Mines to determine NCAA

The Roadrunners men’s and women’s soccer teams were both defeated in the semifinals of their respective Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournaments. The men’s team played their quarter final match-up in Golden against fourth-seeded Mines on Nov. 2. 

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Senior Jeff Gills controls the position of the ball against Colorado School of Mines Nov. 2 in the first round of the RMAC tournment. MSU Denver advanced to the second round, but lost to first-seeded Colorado Mesa. Gillis had all three goals for the Roadrunners in the two tournament games. Photo by Abreham Gebreegziabher • agebreeg@msudenver.edu

The Runners emerged victorious in another overtime thriller, finishing the game with a 2-1 win. MSU Denver gained the early advantage when a Mines player received a red card and forced them to play the remainder of the game a man down. Then, with two minutes left in the first half, Mines scored first and entered halftime up 1-0. Senior forward Jeff Gillis responded in the second half, and regulation ended tied 1-1.

Spectators didn’t have to wait long to see a result in overtime. Gillis scored his second goal of the game two minutes in and gave the Runners an upset over Mines. The men then played the eventual champion and top-seeded Colorado Mesa Mavericks on Nov. 4. The Runners scored in that game first with a second half goal by Gillis. The Mavericks answered quickly, and regulation ended tied 1-1. The score remained tied through two testy overtime halves and the game went into penalty kicks. The Mavericks smoked the Runners in the penalty kicks by a score of 4-1 and won the game. The fifth-seeded women started tournament play by upsetting the fourth-ranked Colorado Mesa Mavericks on Nov. 2 in Grand Junction in overtime.

After a scoreless regulation, Alexie Marr had a chance to be the game’s hero and capitalized by scoring the game’s only goal. The women then traveled to Golden on Nov. 4 to take on the first-seeded Colorado School of Mines team.  The tight game ended in a 1-0 Mines victory. Mines finished the RMAC tournament by beating CSU-Pueblo for their sixth straight conference title. Both teams now play the waiting game. Either they get an invitation to take part in the NCAA National Championship tournament or their season is over. The men haven’t competed in the National Championship since 2011, while the women haven’t been there since 2014.

Author: David Schaut

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