Hayley Hollenga declared herself healthy last week.
I feel like every year I kind of go through this, Hollenga said in an interview with The Durango Herald after last Fridays 5-0 shutout against Adams State at Dirks Field. I start out really strong, then have a little lull period kind of in the middle, and then once the end hits again, I kind of feel the need to pick it back up.
The end is near, as evidenced by Hollengas four goals and one assist in two wins last weekend at home. On Tuesday, the Skyhawks senior striker was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Hayley has been a workhorse these last few weeks, and she went out and earned the player of the week, Fort Lewis College head coach Damian Clarke said in a news release to the Herald.
Already the FLC career leader in assists (30), goals (42) and points (114), Hollenga added another unique honor to her stunning résumé: College Soccer 360s Primetime Performer.
The online site named Hollenga on its weekly honor roll.
The Air Academy alumna currently ranks third in the RMAC in assists (8), fourth in points (26) and sixth in goals (6). Shes also captained her side to an RMAC-best 32 points.
FLC (13-1-3, 10-1-2 RMAC) can clinch its second consecutive RMAC regular-season title and earn the right to host the RMAC Tournament with a win or draw at Regis at 1 p.m. Sunday in Denver.
FLC climbed six spots to eighth in Tuesdays National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25.
We have been all over the place as far as rankings this year, and we are trying to just stay focused on the games ahead, Clarke said.
Colorado School of Mines, third in the RMAC, was ranked 23rd.
Metro State, fourth in the RMAC, was ranked 25th.
Regis, despite being second in the RMAC and with a chance to steal the regular-season title this weekend, did not receive consideration in the NSCAA top-25 rankings.
Bridgeport (Conn.) was ranked first, Abilene Christian (Texas) second, defending Division II national champion Grand Valley State (Mich.) third, California (Pa.) fourth and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) fifth.
FLC was ranked first in the Central Region, followed by Minnesota State and a four-way tie for third between Metro State, Colorado Mines, Winona State (Minn.) and Regis.
No. 3 FLC
The FLC mens side remained No. 3 in its NSCAA ranking.
After a pair of victories in its final two regular-season home games, FLC clinched the conference crown, the 14th time in the last 19 years that the Skyhawks have won either the regular-season or tournament title or both.
Im very proud of the boys for what theyve accomplished, FLC head coach Oige Kennedy said after Fridays win. Obviously, were not done yet, and weve got plenty left to play for. Weve just got to keep ourselves focused.
FLC (16-1, 12-1 RMAC) will wrap its regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday against Adams State in Alamosa, then will host the tournament for an RMAC double Nov. 4-6 at Dirks Field.
Simon Fraser (B.C.) was ranked first in the nation, and Franklin Pierce (N.H.) held down the No. 2 ranking. Northern Kentucky was fourth and Rollins (Fla.) fifth.
Metro State was ranked 18th, and Colorado Mines slipped from the rankings but was one of four teams that received votes for the top-25 poll.
In the region, FLC, Metro State, Regis and Colorado Mines were ranked first through fourth, respectively.