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Rodriguez goals fuel Cowgirl win

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Julissa Rodriguez was just two much for the Colorado School of Mines on Sunday.

The New Mexico Highlands University junior scored two goals within a five-minute span in the first half, giving the Cowgirls a 2-0 road victory in Golden, Colo.

Off to its best start, NMHU improved to 9-4-2 overall and 7-2-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer standings. Mines slipped to 7-4-3 and 6-3-1.

Rodriguez, who leads the Cowgirls with 10 goals to date, opened the scoring after getting a through ball from Arianna Strickland 12 minutes and 59 seconds in.

Then, at the 17:48 mark, Rodriguez’s header off a Brooke Schmelter cross made it 2-0.

That would be all the scoring offense by either side.

Going the distance at goalkeeper for Highlands, Amanda Rose Johnson had six saves.

Oredigger goalie Briana Schulz recorded two saves.

NMHU has won three in a row and five of the last six, the exception being a 1-1 tie at Nebraska-Kearney on Oct. 10.

Coach Justin Wagar and his team host Mesa State at 3 p.m. Friday and Fort Lewis at 1 p.m. on Sunday, then close vs. Colorado State-Pueblo on Oct. 29.