Out with the old, in with the new, or, so long as eligibility remains, the old played anew, with familiar results,too.
The champs capped their spring soccer schedule with a two-win crescendo last weekend on the Front Range: a 4-1 victory
Saturday against Denver University and a 1-0 victory Sunday against Air Force Academy, both Division I men's soccer
It was a good weekend," Fort Lewis College men's soccer coach Oige Kennedy said Wednesday afternoon.
The defending NCAA Division II national champions spoiled the Pioneers' party Saturday at the brand new CIBER Field
under the lights and an umbrella of 2,083 spectators.
Leave it to our guys to spoil the party," Kennedy said in a news release Saturday night. DU had a super turnout, and
it was a great night of soccer worthy of this beautiful new venue. Not only did we play wonderful soccer (Saturday
night), but we gave our fans something to cheer about."
Kennedy said there were about 50 strong" FLC alumni among the sellout crowd.
They were unbelievable as usual; they made what should have been an intimidating atmosphere just like a home game at
Dirks (Field) for us," Kennedy said in the release.
The players were outstanding, every single one of them, and it was great for them to show a top Division I program
just what Fort Lewis soccer is all about."
The game at CIBER Field was just the second in its existence: The DU women christened the new state-of-the-art complex
with a scoreless tie against Wyoming in the first game of the ceremonial doubleheader; the Skyhawks scored the first
goal - and second and third - at the new facility.
In the 14th minute, FLC senior Euan Purcell was taken down in the Pioneers' box and awarded a penalty kick. He
Less than a minute later, junior Byron Cephers made it a 2-nil game.
Thomas Hoang, from Purcell, scored the first of his two goals in the 54th minute.
DU newcomer Theodor Remman scored the Pioneers' first goal at CIBER Field in the 59th minute, heading in a pass from
Hoang, from Purcell, scored again in the 68th minute.
Tommy has something a lot of midfielders don't have," Kennedy said Wednesday of his sophomore center mid. He has a
knack for finding that goal-scoring position.
I'm excited to see what he does the next couple of years. Every time I see him play, he improves."
Kennedy said the groundbreaking experience was special to be a part of.
I'm glad we got invited," he said. It was really great to be a part of that, and the boys really enjoyed playing on
The next day in Colorado Springs, FLC wrapped its spring season with a
1-0 shutout against the Cadets.
FLC sophomore Fabian Kling curled a 25-yard free kick into the top corner with 5 minutes to play in regulation.
It has been a really tough spring with injuries; I think at one point we had up to eight players out with injury,"
Kennedy said in the news release. So it was really a great end of spring to have everybody back healthy and playing
again. We take these games against Division I opponents very seriously as it provides our players with the opportunity
to prove that they are as good as anyone in the country, no matter what division they are playing in."
FLC seniors Jeff Jennings, Euan Purcell, Zane Wells and David Barden - the MVP of last fall's Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
- played out the string of their remarkable careers. Tom Settle and Sam Morris, the Skyhawks' remaining two seniors
from their championship team, did not play because of injuries.
Kennedy introduced several redshirt freshmen to his lineup this spring, including Durango High School alumni Nick
Hofman and Marc Morris.
They did OK," Kennedy said. Those two players we are obviously looking to hold on to."
Morris saw time in goal for the Skyhawks, and Hofman received several minutes in the midfield against Air Force,Kennedy said.
FLC sophomore Ryan Wirth, a Bayfield High School alumnus, made several key saves in goal against the Cadets to preserve
a scoreless game, according to the Skyhawks' news release.
A lot of these guys have big shoes to fill with our senior class that is graduating," Kennedy said Wednesday.
The first-year head coach has one more celebration planned for that Senior 6 - a championship ring presentation at 6:30
p.m. Friday at the Community Concert Hall on the FLC campus.
The national-champion Skyhawks all will receive their NCAA rings; there will be a season-highlights package; a
championship DVD will be for sale; and Kennedy said there will be a silent auction where all 19 championship jerseys
will be for sale.
Our last goodbye to our senior class," said Kennedy, who modeled Friday's celebration after the 2005
national-championship ring ceremony. This will be a nice way to say goodbye to a bunch of guys that brought a lot of
good to the town of Durango."