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Herschberger strike stuns Mines

September 25, 2011 | 6:39 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Marc Herschberger scored 3:44 into the first overtime as Metro State upset No. 11 Colorado Mines 2-1 on Sunday at home.

It was the second win over a top-25 team in the past week for the Roadrunners, who improved to 6-2-1 overall and 4-1-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CSM fell to 6-2-0 and 4-1-0.

Metro State had a 1-0 lead at 32:04 when T.J. Thiebaut scored his first career goal, flicking a shot over the Mines goalkeeper after taking a pass in the center of the box from Scott Grode.

The Orediggers took control the last 20 minutes of regulation. A shot by Philip Wilson nearly tied the game in the 73rd minute when his shot from just outside of the right post hit the crossbar.

CSM had two point-blank chances in the 80th minute, but goalkeeper Issa Bissau came up with two spectacular saves in succession to keep the Roadrunners in front. He made two more saves over the next two minutes.

The Orediggers drew a foul near the Metro State bench in the 89th minute, setting up a free kick by Alex Nass. His serve into the box found Sean Helster’s head for the equalizer.

In overtime, CSM had a corner kick 34 seconds before the final goal. Metro State regained possession after the corner and Grode worked the ball up the left sideline. He crossed it back to Brenden Hughes, who dribbled down to the right post to set up Herschberger for the goal.

It was Herschberger’s second game-winner this season and fourth of his career, first in overtime.

Bissau made a season-high nine saves for the win.

Next Up: Metro State will play at Adams State at 3 p.m. on Friday.

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