For two teams coming off potentially demoralizing losses, a draw against a ranked opponent was a positive result. The way the No. 9 Fort Lewis College and No. 13 Metro State womens soccer teams got there, however, assuredly was dramatic.
Four goals scored in the span of three minutes led the Skyhawks and Roadrunners to a 2-2 draw after double overtime on Sunday in Denver.
This is ridiculous, man, FLC head coach Damian Clarke said of the finish.
The Fort Lewis women, coming off a 4-0 loss to Colorado School of Mines on Friday, broke open a scoreless draw in the 76th minute. Nicole Schumachers free kick bounced around the penalty area before Sam Weiss found it and put it in the net for a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Emma Cannis fired from the top of the penalty area and squeezed the shot under the crossbar for a 2-0 Skyhawk lead.
Metro State, 3-0 losers Friday to Colorado Mesa, rallied back, with Hayley Marsh scoring off a corner kick scramble in the 79th minute, and Tess Hagenlock equalized the score with another goal just 19 seconds later.
It was a pretty classic score line, Clarke said. Up 2-0, allow the first goal to happen in the first two minutes (after going up 2-0) where most of the time youre the most susceptible.
Despite losing a late two-goal lead, Clarke said he was far from disappointed with a road draw after Fridays stunning loss, FLCs first of the season.
I think both teams did extremely well to come back from what were pretty devastating losses. ... It was a pretty classic football match, and both teams showed a lot of character (Sunday), he said.
Amanda Snider, getting her first start of the season in goal for Fort Lewis, left early in the game with what Clarke said likely was a concussion and was replaced by Amanda Raso. Sniders prognosis is unknown.
With just one loss on the season, Clarke said the Skyhawks are in good shape even though theyll likely drop in the national and regional rankings.
The Fort Lewis College women (9-1-3, 6-1-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) will play their next four games at home, including a rematch with Metro State (9-2-1, 5-2-1 RMAC) next Sunday.
Weve only lost one time; were in a good spot, Clarke said. We got better (Sunday), and hopefully well keep getting better.