After taking three weeks off from the national spotlight, the Fort Lewis College womens soccer program thought it high time to rejoin the top-25 discussion.
On Tuesday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America ranked FLC as its 22nd-best team in the Division II ranks. Its a far cry from the Skyhawks No. 2 slot Sept. 11, but the team received votes for the first time since the Sept. 25 rankings. They were ranked in the NSCAA top-25 poll the first four weeks of the season.
Were playing well, sixth-year head coach and FLC soccer alumnus Damian Clarke said in a news release. If thats what were getting recorgnition for, then well leave it at that.
FLC (10-2-2, 6-2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) won a pair of home games last weekend, defeating CSU-Pueblo 1-0 on Friday at Dirks Field, then beating Colorado Mesa 4-1 on Sunday in a game Clarke described as one of the teams best performances this season.
FLC hasnt lost in six games and is 5-0-1 the last two weeks.
FLC will play Regis (9-4-1, 7-2-1 RMAC) on Friday in Denver and CSU-Pueblo (1-11-1, 1-9-0 RMAC) on Sunday in Pueblo.
Both FLC and Regis are contending for the RMAC regular-season crown and one of six berths from the South Central Region to the NCAA Tournament. All-time, Regis owns a 25-10-3 record against the Skyhawks, but FLC is 5-3-2 against the Rangers under Clarke.
This is a huge game for both teams, Clarke said. I think the regional implications are massive. Hopefully we can come out and be similar to what we were this past Sunday. If so, then its going to be a fantastic game.
Minnesota State-Mankato (12-1-1) was ranked first in the nation, followed by Armstrong Atlantic State (10-1-1), Long Island-Post (12-1-1), West Florida (13-1-0) and Sonoma State (12-1-1).
The only other RMAC team receiving top-25 consideration was UC-Colorado Springs. The Mountain Lions received votes but finished just outside the top 25.
In the mens top-25 poll, Regis was ranked first in the nation and was the only RMAC school in the listings.