In some circles, an even distribution of riches is a naughty notion.
Not for the Fort Lewis College womens soccer team. Its more of an all-for-one and one-for-all outfit.
Four different Skyhawks scored goals as Fort Lewis put on a passing clinic in a 4-1 victory over Colorado Mesa University on Sunday at Dirks Field.
Fort Lewis played with its two starting forwards, Emma Cannis and Sam Weiss, together for the first time in three games, and it showed as the Skyhawks proved much more dynamic in the attacking third than they did in Fridays win over CSU-Pueblo, emphatically returning the element of danger to the attack.
We switched up forwards so many times, I think just getting Sam back here and being finally able to connect the way we did when we first started playing, I think that helped start us all off, said Cannis, who had a goal and two assists Sunday.
The passing was every bit as crisp as it was Friday, as head coach Damian Clarke praised his midfield, particularly Elena Benavides and Therese Romero, and the defense, with the exception of Ashley Wallaces breakaway goal in the 55th minute, was up to the task as well in one of FLCs best performances of the year.
This was probably Thereses best game to date, and all the wide players just did their job. ... They made it difficult for their outside backs to deal with us, Clarke said.
The Skyhawks (10-2-2, 6-2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) outshot the Mavericks (8-3-3, 5-3-2 RMAC) 31-13, including a 13-3 advantage in shots on goal, forcing Colorado Mesa to pull goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler at halftime in favor of Gina Goryoka.
Weiss opened the scoring with a great individual effort in the seventh minute for her team-leading 10th goal.
Cannis ball over the top bounded in between Weiss and Schnetzler, and Weiss fought off a defender, flicked the ball past the keeper and emphatically put it into the open net on her next touch for a 1-0 lead.
Cannis, whose work rate was fantastic all afternoon, then fed Benavides from point-blank range in the 11th minute.
Schnetzler stuffed Benavides first attempt, but the senior put home the rebound for her first goal of the season and a 2-0 edge.
Cannis then got one of her own in the 32nd minute.
A Colorado Mesa turnover forced by Weiss sprung Cannis in alone, and the junior fired through Schnetzler for a 3-0 advantage.
Im happy with whatever I get right now, and I honestly do enjoy assisting sometimes more than actually scoring, Cannis said.
For her, I think shes felt like shes been going through a rough time, and hopefully (Sunday) shes happy about the way she played because she made it all happen for us, Clarke said of Cannis.
After Wallace cut the lead to 3-1, it was Molly Cellers turn to get on the board.
Grace Sheridans long service into the penalty area found Cellers head, then the netting just inside the left post for the final goal of the day in the 57th minute.
It looks as though the Skyhawks may be peaking at the right time after a bit of a midseason lull. They sit two points behind league co-leaders UC-Colorado Springs, Metro State and Regis with a game coming up Friday at Regis, where theyll be hoping to put this weekends momentum-building victories to good use.
I was hoping that this was a team that would peak late, and hopefully were starting to see what were about, Clarke said. If it is, were going to be very difficult to beat.