With a restructured but stingy defense, the No. 1-ranked Fort Lewis College mens soccer team won its 12th consecutive match Sunday.
The Skyhawks, with an early goal from Derek Freeman off a pass from Alberto Capdepon Rodriguez, defeated UC-Colorado Springs 1-0 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference match in Colorado Springs.
We had the majority of possession, Fort Lewis head coach Oige Kennedy said. We played really well. I was really proud of the the guys responded.
He said Freeman scored for Fort Lewis in the seventh minute of the RMAC contest.
He finished ... nicely, Kennedy said after the Skyhawks improved to 12-0-0 overall, 8-0-0 in the RMAC.
On defense, we had some adversity with the injuries. But they looked really solid back there, Kennedy said.
The Skyhawks were forced to juggle their lineup when senior captain Fabian Kling suffered a knee injury in Fridays 1-nil win at Metro State.
Cory Dean stepped up as the captain (in the absense of the injured Fabian Kling), the Fort Lewis College coach said.
He was a real leader out there for us.
Kennedy said goalkeeper Ryan Wirth was tested early and late by the Mountain Lions.
Ryan (Wirth) made a superb save in the second half. He also had one in the first half, Kennedy said.
Hes had some great games now ... back to back, Kennedy said.
The Skyhawks finished with their eighth shutout of the season.
This was a big, big win for us, Kennedy said.
The Skyhawks will travel to Grand Junction for a Wednesday game at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
The Fort Lewis men will return to Durango for key matches next weekend against Metro State and Regis.
Well be excited to get back to Dirks Field, Kennedy said.