After storming out of the gate to a 4-0-0 start, the Fort Lewis College women's soccer team had its record blemished for the first time this season not because of a lack of execution but a lack of intensity.
"We just got beat by a team that came out physical and ready to go," FLC head coach Damian Clarke said. "I don't think we matched the physicality of the game."
CSU-Pueblo tallied one in each half to top FLC 2-1 on Friday in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match in Pueblo.
The ThunderWolves (3-2-0 overall, 1-0-0 RMAC) opened the scoring with a left-side breakaway in the 20th minute by Katie Thiebaut. Thiebaut scored again eight minutes later, burying a ball that deflected off FLC goal keeper Christine Schmelzle
Fort Lewis (4-1-0, 0-1-0) cut the lead in half in the 35th minute, when Taylor Tegtmeyer broke through a tackle and found the back of the net, but the Skyhawks would score no more.
With Laurel Reinhardt out with lingering effects from a concussion and Lauren Riley leaving the game after sustaining injuries to her eye and nose, the Skyhawks were a bit short in the back.
Clarke said the ThunderWolves were able to exploit large gaps between the midfield and the defense.
"Gaps between our midfield four and our back four were a little big," he said. "They were able to play in there and do well."
Clarke called the game a "good lesson" and one he hopes carries over to Sunday's league tilt at Nebraska-Kearney.
"You don't want to start 0-2 in league, but there're lots of league games to be played," he said. "We're looking at it like, 'Hey, we need to come out and compete how we know how to compete.'"