Alaskans help Colorado Mines reach first NCAA final four

December 3, 2014

Kendra Bulawa SoccerTwo Alaskans are taking part in something historic with the Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team.

The seventh-ranked Orediggers have reached the NCAA D2 semifinals of the national tournament for the first time and will place eighth-ranked Rollins on Thursday in Kentucky.

Chugiak’s Kendra Bulawa and Anchorage’s Maddie Woodard are both seniors on this year’s team that has posted a 16-1-6 record and is now two wins from a national championship.

Maddie Woodard Soccer“I’m really grateful for having it been with the group of girls that it is,” Woodard told the school’s website. “We kind of struggled at the beginning and I think we kind of proved some people wrong.”

Colorado Mines beat Cal State Stanislaus in a 4-3 shootout in the quarterfinals, with Bulawa scoring a shootout goal.

Bulawa, of Chugiak High fame, had the most productive regular season of her four-year career, posting seven points on a goal and three assists.

The midfielder has collected career totals of 4 goals and 7 assists for 19 points.

Woodard, of West High fame, scored her first goal since 2011 this season.