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South Dakota School of Mines men’s soccer player Justin Barkow broke the record for goals in the career after his performance this past weekend in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

The junior mechanical engineering major from Longmont, Colorado, scored his first two goals of the season against Adams State and CSU-Pueblo to give him 16 total goals in his college career as a Hardrocker.

“Since coming into this program, there’s been no doubts about Justin’s quality as a player,” said Mines coach Andrew Conniff. “In his first two seasons, Justin was the first-ever Hardrocker soccer All-RMAC selection; he has been recognized as an Academic All-American, and set a program single-season scoring record. So becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer was just a matter of time for Justin.”

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Barkow scored four goals as a freshman in 2016, tacked on a record 10 goals as a sophomore and is second on the team this season. The old record was held by Michael McGraw from 2012-15.

“Justin is someone who puts in extra work and does the right things off the field to put himself in a position to succeed,” Conniff said. “I’m excited for him to now be the Hardrocker leader in goals and I can’t wait to see how much more he can accomplish.”

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