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Four Skyhawks score in win over Colorado Mesa women’s team

Grace Sheridan, who had an assist, and Fort Lewis were a head above Darion Wiegert and Colorado Mesa in a 4-1 win on Sunday at Dirks Field. Enlarge photo

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Grace Sheridan, who had an assist, and Fort Lewis were a head above Darion Wiegert and Colorado Mesa in a 4-1 win on Sunday at Dirks Field.

In some circles, an even distribution of riches is a naughty notion.

Not for the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team. It’s more of an “all-for-one and one-for-all” outfit.

Four different Skyhawks scored goals as Fort Lewis put on a passing clinic in a 4-1 victory over Colorado Mesa University on Sunday at Dirks Field.

Fort Lewis played with its two starting forwards, Emma Cannis and Sam Weiss, together for the first time in three games, and it showed as the Skyhawks proved much more dynamic in the attacking third than they did in Friday’s win over CSU-Pueblo, emphatically returning the element of danger to the attack.

“We switched up forwards so many times, I think just getting Sam back here and being finally able to connect the way we did when we first started playing, I think that helped start us all off,” said Cannis, who had a goal and two assists Sunday.

The passing was every bit as crisp as it was Friday, as head coach Damian Clarke praised his midfield, particularly Elena Benavides and Therese Romero, and the defense, with the exception of Ashley Wallace’s breakaway goal in the 55th minute, was up to the task as well in one of FLC’s best performances of the year.

“This was probably Therese’s best game to date, and all the wide players just did their job. ... They made it difficult for their outside backs to deal with us,” Clarke said.

The Skyhawks (10-2-2, 6-2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) outshot the Mavericks (8-3-3, 5-3-2 RMAC) 31-13, including a 13-3 advantage in shots on goal, forcing Colorado Mesa to pull goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler at halftime in favor of Gina Goryoka.

Weiss opened the scoring with a great individual effort in the seventh minute for her team-leading 10th goal.

Cannis’ ball over the top bounded in between Weiss and Schnetzler, and Weiss fought off a defender, flicked the ball past the keeper and emphatically put it into the open net on her next touch for a 1-0 lead.

Cannis, whose work rate was fantastic all afternoon, then fed Benavides from point-blank range in the 11th minute.

Schnetzler stuffed Benavides’ first attempt, but the senior put home the rebound for her first goal of the season and a 2-0 edge.

Cannis then got one of her own in the 32nd minute.

A Colorado Mesa turnover forced by Weiss sprung Cannis in alone, and the junior fired through Schnetzler for a 3-0 advantage.

“I’m happy with whatever I get right now, and I honestly do enjoy assisting sometimes more than actually scoring,” Cannis said.

“For her, I think she’s felt like she’s been going through a rough time, and hopefully (Sunday) she’s happy about the way she played because she made it all happen for us,” Clarke said of Cannis.

After Wallace cut the lead to 3-1, it was Molly Celler’s turn to get on the board.

Grace Sheridan’s long service into the penalty area found Celler’s head, then the netting just inside the left post for the final goal of the day in the 57th minute.

It looks as though the Skyhawks may be peaking at the right time after a bit of a midseason lull. They sit two points behind league co-leaders UC-Colorado Springs, Metro State and Regis with a game coming up Friday at Regis, where they’ll be hoping to put this weekend’s momentum-building victories to good use.

“I was hoping that this was a team that would peak late, and hopefully we’re starting to see what we’re about,” Clarke said. “If it is, we’re going to be very difficult to beat.”

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Megan Striedel and Fort Lewis put Gina Goryoka and Colorado Mesa under pressure all day as the Skyhawks picked up a key 4-1 victory to keep pace in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title chase. Enlarge photo

Megan Striedel and Fort Lewis put Gina Goryoka and Colorado Mesa under pressure all day as the Skyhawks picked up a key 4-1 victory to keep pace in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title chase.

Fort Lewis’ Molly Celler iced the game with her header goal over Jessica Kent of Colorado Mesa in the 57th minute of FLC’s 4-1 victory on Sunday. Enlarge photo

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Fort Lewis’ Molly Celler iced the game with her header goal over Jessica Kent of Colorado Mesa in the 57th minute of FLC’s 4-1 victory on Sunday.

Therese Romero, Allison Knewitz and Molly Celler had plenty of reason to celebrate after Celler put Fort Lewis up 4-1 against Colorado Mesa. FLC outshot the Mavericks 31-13, including 13-3 on goal, on Sunday at Dirks Field. The Skyhawks wore pink uniforms to help raise money for the Women’s Health Coalition of Southwest Colorado. Enlarge photo

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Therese Romero, Allison Knewitz and Molly Celler had plenty of reason to celebrate after Celler put Fort Lewis up 4-1 against Colorado Mesa. FLC outshot the Mavericks 31-13, including 13-3 on goal, on Sunday at Dirks Field. The Skyhawks wore pink uniforms to help raise money for the Women’s Health Coalition of Southwest Colorado.