With only two substitutes on its spring roster, the Fort Lewis College womens soccer team is compiling a productive spring.
To date, the Skyhawks are undefeated at 4-0-2 with a pair of games this weekend in Taos, N.M.
So far we are pretty happy with the way the team has been playing, FLC head coach Damian Clarke said in a news release to The Durango Herald. We have been improving how we possess the ball and made a lot of gains in our individual techniques.
The team is having a lot of fun while working hard. This has all been done with only two subs, as we are a bit depleted by injury this spring, the sixth-year head coach said.
Fort Lewis opened its spring exhibition schedule with a 6-0 win over the Albuquerque Rhapsody U18, then won a pair at a New Mexico Highlands tournament: 4-0 over Eastern N.M. and 1-0 over a U17 team from the Albuquerque area.
N.M. Highlands is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while Eastern N.M. regularly appears on the Skyhawks regular-season schedule.
FLC was 1-0-2 last weekend at a Regis spring tournament in Denver: The Skyhawks beat RMAC foe Colorado Mesa 2-nil, then tied Division Is Wyoming 2-2 and Northern Colorado 0-0.
FLC, a Division II program, will play Division I Air Force Academy at 10 a.m. and Rio Vista FC 94 at 4 p.m. Saturday at the second annual Taos Eco Park NCAA & Club Soccer Showcase. The games are free and also can be watched live online at www.taossports.com, including postgame player interviews.
The Rio Vista Eagles are a club team that was a Region IV finalist in 2011, Clarke said. They have a few players who will be joining the Skyhawks this fall for the Skyhawks regular season.
Fort Lewis finished its 2011 season 15-3-4, 10-2-2 RMAC and 11th in the final Division II national rankings. Clarke led the Skyhawks to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament.