Soccer players kick it in college


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Chugiak High graduates Alison Oien and Kendra Bulawa helped the Colorado School of Mines girls soccer team to one of its most successful seasons in school history as the Orediggers reached the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, losing there in a shootout to top-ranked Grand Valley State.

The team finished 17-3-3 on the season and claimed its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship with a 2-0 win over Colorado Mesa on Nov. 6. Oien supplied the game-winner in that one, picking up her first goal of the season with a strike 20 minutes into the match.

Oien, a senior midfielder and 2008 Chugiak grad, served as an Orediggers team captain for the second straight year. She started all 23 of the team’s games and finished with one goal and two assists.

Bulawa, a freshman defender and 2011 Chugiak grad, played in 10 games and scored one goal this season for CSM.

 

Cobb, Duke reach national semifinals

Kelly Cobb is making another big run.

The Duke University freshman striker and 2011 Chugiak High graduate helped her team earn a spot in the women's soccer national semifinals — also known as the College Cup — with a 2-0 win over Long Beach State on Friday, Nov. 25.

Cobb didn't score in the match, though she did lead the team in shots — including one that bounced off the crossbar.

So far this year, Cobb leads her team in goals (11), points (30), shots (89), shots on goal (40) and game-winning goals (6).

Duke (21-3-1) will play their Atlantic Coast Conference rival and No. 1 seed Demon Deacons on Dec. 2 at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.

The Blue Devils last reached the national semifinals in 1992, when they lost in the title game.

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