ALAMOSA, Colo. — Emma Cannis and Serena Mancha scored second half goals as No. 18 Fort Lewis (8-0-1 overall, 5-0-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) defeated Adams State 2-1 today at the ASC Soccer Field.
The game was FLC’s fifth in 10 days. The Skyhawks emerged victorious in each of the five contests.
“We’re the only team in the conference that got through the five-game stretch undefeated,” said fifth-year FLC head coach Damian Clarke. “We played well enough today, but just didn’t have the energy. We played all 19 kids — we didn’t have any choice.”
The Skyhawks experienced déjà vu for their first goal. In a nearly identical marker that they scored in a 2-1 win at UC-Colorado Springs two days ago, Cannis collected a rebound of Nicole Schumacher’s free kick that was saved off the goalpost, then banged home the rebound for her team-leading fifth goal of the season at 67:29. Ironically, for the second game in a row Schumacher failed to be credited with the assist.
Serena Mancha scored her first goal of the season at 79:55 when she put a shot to the lower left corner of the goal through traffic. Her marker proved to be the game-winner.
Adams State trimmed the margin to 2-1 when Allie Mercado scored after Jessica Hellweg won a jump ball and headed it to Mercado.
The goal came on the only shot faced by reserve FLC goalkeeper Amanda Snider, who played the final 45 minutes to pick up her first collegiate victory. The Skyhawk starter, Amanda Raso, made two saves in the first half.
Christine Stemple stopped six shots for the Grizzlies.
The Skyhawks outshot the Grizzlies 17-7 overall and 8-3 in shots-on-frame.
Fort Lewis, which is the only undefeated and untied team in the RMAC, hits the road again next weekend for games at New Mexico Highlands (2-5-0, 1-3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday and at Colorado Mesa (5-4-0, 4-1-0) at 1 p.m. next Sunday.
The Skyhawks previously defeated Mesa State 2-1 at Dirks Field in Durango last Wednesday