Stanley sets up GW goal, Adams plays entire game in RMAC final
Anchorage’s Talon Stanley set up the winning goal just 53 seconds into overtime as Colorado School of Mines scored a 4-3 win over Colorado Mesa in the championship game of the RMAC Tournament.
Michael Sprauer slammed home a one-timer off the free kick from Stanley as the Orediggers secured their fourth straight conference championship.
The unbeaten Mines team (7-0-1) also features Anchorage’s Greyson Adams, who played every minute of the title match.
Stanley logged 65 minutes and ended his career with a championship-clinching assist on his final touch as a college player.
Talk about clutch.
Stanley, of South High fame, has been getting it done for his entire career.
He owns three game-winning goals and racked up 22 career points in 70 games on six goals and 10 assists.
The 6-foot midfielder this year scored two goals and assisted on two others to match his career high with six points.
He scored both goals in the same game against Colorado Christian, finding the net once in the 15th minute and again in the 49th minute.
Stanley and Adams are both all-conference senior starters who did a lot of winning in their college career, helping the NCAA D2 Orediggers compile a 57-10-7 record and capture four RMAC titles.
Adams, of West High fame, this year was the lone Mines player to be named First-Team All-RMAC.
The 6-foot-3 defender was an ironman for the Orediggers this season, playing 90 minutes or more in seven of his team’s eight games.
He also bagged a game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Adams State in the first game of the spring season.
Adams now boasts five goals and one assist in 55 appearances and 43 starts since 2016.
He’ll have one more season of eligibility following the conference tournament thanks to COVID-19 waivers from the NCAA.
The rugged Adams is as reliable as they come in the game of soccer, a defensive stalwart who rarely, if ever, comes off the field.
He’s anchored a Mines defense that has recorded 17 shutouts across the last two seasons.