Two goals brought the energy back to Dirks Field.
One goal stole it away just as quickly.
Brett Drefs goal in the 75th minute stood up as UC-Colorado Springs upset the No. 17 Fort Lewis College mens soccer team 3-2 on Sunday at Dirks Field.
The game-winner came just six minutes after Kosta Kordistos penalty kick brought Fort Lewis back even from a 2-0 hole.
The Mountain Lions (2-4-0, 1-2-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) earned a free kick on a hand ball just outside the right boundary of the penalty area, and Sebastian Hertzbergs kick found the head of Max Thomas, who flicked it far post to Drefs, who found the net.
Just something that weve seen all season, wasnt good enough defensively, Fort Lewis head coach Oige Kennedy said.
We werent marking, didnt attack the ball, didnt look for the second ball. Just not organized and good enough defensively.
Defender Stephan Engeln said that the defense lost track of Drefs while paying a bit too much attention to the near post.
Everybody was concentrated on the first post, and one guy was left, the tall German said.
Fort Lewis scrambled furiously for another equalizer, coming closest when Jordan Alexanders shot from point-blank range under charging UCCS goalkeeper Brandon Costa slid wide in the 88th minute.
Mash Shaswar singlehandedly put the Skyhawks (5-2-1, 2-1-1 RMAC) in a big hole in the first 10 minutes.
He found a loose ball at the top of the penalty area in the fifth minute and fired it home, then scored in the ninth minute as part of a 2-on-1 counterattack, deftly avoiding the defender before rocketing the ball into the net.
At this level youre going to get punished no matter who the opponent is if you make mistakes like we did (Sunday), Kennedy said.
The Skyhawks were the more dynamic team throughout, holding onto the ball for long stretches of possession and putting up 18 shots, seven of which were on net. But the only goal they had to show for it in the run of play came on Kyle Woodsons blast from about 20 yards out to trim the UCCS lead to 2-1 in the 60th minute.
I think we had enough chances to win. ... Maybe we have to keep our heads up to look from game to game, and I think we have to not have fear on the field, Engeln said. At practice, everything looks good. But when were on the field, I think its a 180 (degree) turn.
Now its back to the drawing board for the Skyhawks as they prepare for a tough road test Friday at Metro State.
Kennedy said hes contemplating making several lineup changes in the hopes that it will shake his side back into success. FLC currently sits five points behind first-place Regis.
I think to score goals, you need heart, you need desire in the box, and we dont have that, Kennedy said. Were expecting other people to do the job for us, and were not taking hold of the reins ourselves.