Weiss makes history as ’Hawks advance

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Weiss makes history as ’Hawks advance

Prolific forward into the FLC book and onto the RMAC semifinals
Weiss earns All-RMAC right on cue

As head coach Damian Clarke put it even before the Skyhawks’ 2-0 victory in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs, “Sam (Weiss) has been a menace to opposing defenses all year.”

Weiss scored once in each half to help the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team to its 11 shutout of the season and into the RMAC Tournament semifinals. In the process, she tied the Skyhawks’ single-season goal mark and set the Skyhawks’ single-season points record.

Then she was named to the All-RMAC first team.

“She deserves that recognition,” Clarke said in a news release.

Weiss was one of five Skyhawks chosen for the conference’s postseason honor roll, joining second-team picks Elena Benavides and Madyson Wellcome and third-team picks Lauren Riley and Megan Striedel.

Weiss, a sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., now has 16 goals scored and 40 points this season.

Benavides assisted Weiss’ first-half goal Wednesday against UC-Colorado Springs.

“In my opinion, she is the best passing player in the RMAC,” Clarke said of Benavides, a senior midfielder from Albuquerque. “She is the player our system depends on.”

Benavides’ 23 career assists rank second on the Skyhawks’ all-time list.

Wellcome, a junior defender from Chandler, Ariz., “is probably the most consistent player we have,” Clarke said. “Her toughness and mindset as a whole make her a fun kid to work with.”

Striedel, a junior mid/forward from Mesa, Ariz., moved into the Skyhawks’ top 10 in goals scored this season with her five markers, and Riley, a junior defender from Albuquerque, N.M., made the All-RMAC roster for the second time in three years.

“Megan has a determination and bite that make her an impact in nearly every match,” Clarke said. “Her presence controls the emotion of the team.

“Lauren is our best all-around athlete,” he said. “When she is on, the defense is as good as any.”

Riley was on Wednesday night at UCCS, too, and the Skyhawks’ defense will carry their shutout into a noon rematch at No. 1 seed Regis on Friday in Denver.

Regis earned the coach, defensive and freshman players of the year honors. J.B. Belzer was named coach of the year; Alison Cahill, a junior defender, was named Defensive Player of the Year; Sade Akindele, a forward from Legacy High School in Thornton, was named Freshman of the Year.

Anna Evans, a junior forward from Colorado School of Mines and an Arvada West High School alumna, was named Player of the Year, and Kelly Schroeder, a junior from UCCS and a Coronado High School alumna, was named Goalkeeper of the Year.


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