Fresh off its new No. 2 national ranking, the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team played Colorado Mesa to a tie Friday in Grand Junction, both teams’ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener.
“I was more pleased with the overall performance (Friday) than I was (in a 3-0 win over Angelo State last Sunday),” FLC head coach Damian Clarke said. “I think we’re disappoined, let down, to tie, but not very many teams are going to come in here and draw with Mesa.”
Each team hit a crossbar in the scoreless draw: The Mavericks’ Leilani Wiernicki hit the bar in the eighth minute of the match; the Skyhawks’ Megan Striedel hit the bar in the 63rd minute of the match.
The Skyhawks’ leading scorer, Sam Weiss, had a game-high six shots – three on goal – but Mavericks’ goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler made six saves for the clean sheet.
“We came into it and played quite well in the second half,” Clarke said. “We missed a handful of very, very good chances.”
On the other side of the pitch, Amando Raso made eight saves for the shutout.
FLC outshot Colorado Mesa 17-15, including 6-2 in the overtimes. FLC also outcornered Colorado Mesa 4-2 and outfouled the home team 12-9.
FLC defender Madyson Wellcome received a yellow card in the 67th minute.
FLC (3-0-1, 0-0-1 RMAC) will host Colorado School of Mines at 1 p.m. Sunday at Dirks Field, and Colorado Mesa (3-0-2, 0-0-1 RMAC) will host Colorado Christian at 3 p.m. Sunday.
“We’re going to have to recover physically because this was an absolutely physical battle,” Clarke said. “Both teams were just tough, and I think we’re going to have to see where we’re at (Saturday).”