The men’s soccer team achieved a #1 national ranking this fall, marking the first time that a Mines team has been ranked at the top of a national Top-25 poll.

Head Coach Frank Kohlenstein’s squad began the year at #18. In their 2010 season opener, the Orediggers recorded a 1-0 shutout victory over defending national champion Fort Lewis College.

The Orediggers proceeded to amass a 13-0-1 record during their first eight matches and climbed to the top of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s weekly Top-25 poll in late September. In mid-October, Mines learned that it would host the 2010 RMAC Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Last season, Mines went 15-3-4 overall and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Kohlenstein, who was selected as the NSCAA/Mondo Central Region Coach of the Year, guided the team to a #18 ranking in the final 2009 NSCAA Top-25 poll. Kohlenstein, now in his 13th season at Mines, was also selected as the RMAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year for the fourth time in 2009.

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