The Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team came back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat UC-Colorado Springs 2-1 on Friday night on the road.
Lauren Hall scored in the 16th minute of the game, a crazy scoop that curled up and over Skyhawks’ goalkeeper Christine Schmelzle.
“It was a pretty goal,” Skyhawks coach Damian Clarke said. “It was just kind of like, ‘Wow. Please say you meant it. Please say you meant to do that.’”
FLC wasn’t down long. Samantha Smith scored a crossing pass from teammate Nichole Kluk in the 28th minute for her third goal of the campaign.
The ’Hawks and the Mountain Lions were tied 1-1 at the half.
The game stayed even through most of the second half until Erika Shisler found the back of the net for the sixth time this season. Shisler’s goal came courtesy of Elena Benavides’ cross, which deflected off a defender before finding Shisler’s foot for the game winner.
“This game was a battle,” said Clarke, who characterized UCCS as an extremely big and fast team, but not quite as skillful as FLC.
“I don’t think at any moment in this game, even when we were down 1-0, that I ever thought we were going to lose.”
Fort Lewis outshot UCCS 34 to 13 with 13 of Fort Lewis’ shots on frame. Smith led the team with three shots on goal, followed closely by Shisler and Hayley Hollenga with two each.
Shisler, like Smith a midfielder, had a pair of goals negated from offsides’ calls.
“I don’t think anybody can match our midfielders’ production,” said Clarke, and that was without leading scorer and star player Jamie MacArthur.
MacArthur, a co-captain, and four other Skyhawks missed the game because of the flu.
“We’re a good team,” Clarke said. “Missing a player like that … these girls aren’t afraid of anybody, anything.
“When we do what we do well, we are a really good team.”