Metro seniors Jakkie Greer, Michael’ Ann Karas, Taylor Nicholls and Lauren Schaedig all played in their final regular season game as Roadrunners.
Metro finished regular season play with a record of 12-5-1 overall and 8-5-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. They also dropped out of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II top-25 poll.
“We got a little bit frantic. [Mines] got an equalizer goal and they kept the momentum, and they scored again. We didn’t finish our chances on the far end,” head coach Adrianne Almaraz said.
Metro started strong. The Runners scored first in the 23rd minute, when junior defender Hayley Marsh booted a free kick and sophomore midfielder Nicole Pollack headed it in for the goal.
Mines had their chances in the first half, but they couldn’t capitalize, as junior goalkeeper Danielle Quigley held her own. This would be one of the key factors in this game for the Roadrunners, especially when there were a few dangerous plays that almost led to an Oredigger goal.
The Roadrunners defense looked strong to start, only giving up one shot on goal to Mines. But after scoring to take the lead in the first half, the defense let up.
The Orediggers tied the game with less than 10 minutes left, when Mines forward Anna Evans found midfielder Megan Woodworth, who shot past Quigley to tie it up.
The big moment came less than six minutes later. Mines got the game-winner when Woodworth hit a header that found the back of the net for the win.
“We had great defense all game until [Mines] scored a goal, then [we] kind of let up and kind of let down,” Greer said “From here on out, we [have] just got to look forward and keep our heads up whenever we get scored on.”
This was a game that brought back memories for the seniors, being their last regular season home game.
“We’ve always had a good group and bonding together is always good. We need that to win,” Karas said. “Obviously, it’s a tough season this year and also last year, but my freshman year (was) the best year yet. Just being able to make it to the Final Four was a great accomplishment. It’ll be sad to go.”
Almaraz was happy to see the seniors play their final regular season game.
“It was nice. These girls have been here, three of the four of them [for] four years. So, it was good to see them in their last game,” Almaraz said.
The Roadrunners earned the No. 5 seed in the RMAC Tournament and will travel to Grand Junction to face No. 4 seed Colorado Mesa.
“We just need to regroup and concentrate on what’s important,” Greer said. “And that’s winning the RMAC and going into the NCAA Tournament.”
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