The Fort Lewis College womens soccer team gave up an early goal Saturday afternoon but rebounded to beat Dixie State of Utah 3-1 in a match played at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
They are a tough, tough team, Fort Lewis head coach Damian Clarke said.
To be honest, we were getting it handed to us in the first half, Clarke said.
Dixie State scored in the first 10 minutes of the match on a corner kick.
They dominated play early, and we struggled to move with their three forwards, Clarke said.
FLC, ranked No. 6 in the nation this week, tied the match with 10 minutes to play in the opening half when the Skyhawks (3-0) converted a corner kick.
Elena Benavides got the goal on the corner pass from Paige Martinez.
Halftime was good for us, Clarke said.
The Skyhawks made adjustments and stymied the Dixie State offense in the second half.
Emma Cannis put Fort Lewis ahead 2-1 when she scored after taking a centering pass from Sam Weiss.
The two reversed roles on FLCs final goal with Cannis assisting Weiss for the 3-1 final.
FLCs leading scorer, Hayley Hollenga, was held out of Saturdays match with a hip flexor.
We turned it completely around in the second half, Clarke said. This is the first time Ive seen one of my teams get manhandled like that in the first half.
Clarke was encouraged by the second half.
I was very proud of our defensive play in the second half, he said.