DURANGO, Colo. — Hayley Hollenga scored two goals in the first 14 minutes as No. 14 Fort Lewis (12-1-3 overall, 9-1-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) inched closer to back-to-back RMAC regular season titles with a 5-0 win over Adams State (6-8-1, 3-7-1) today at Dirks Field.
“We went out and got the job done,” said fifth-year FLC head coach Damian Clarke. “I thought the way that we kept the ball and our intentions when we got it were good. I thought the back four were fantastic as well. They kept the ball and kept the right distances to keep it moving.”
Hollenga, FLC’s career leader in goals (40), assists (30), and total points (110), got the Skyhawks on the board at 7:24 with an unassisted marker. Fort Lewis played a ball down the right sideline that skipped off the head of a Grizzly defender into open space, setting up Hollenga for a breakaway.
She added insurance at 13:02 when Sara Egbom fed her with a through ball that split the ASC central defense. Much like her first goal, Hollenga ran onto ball, patiently waited for Grizzly goalkeeper Christine Stemple to make her move, and took the safe shot to the far post.
“It was nice to see Hayley come back to life and score some goals,” said Clarke, who watched his All-American hit a midseason scoring slump before heating back up with three assists last weekend. “It was big for her and big for the team.”
Shea Haycock notched her second marker of the season at 55:40 when she chipped a through ball from Jane Barden over Stemple’s head.
Egbom followed with her first goal of the season at 72:56, scoring into the upper 90 after being set up by Emma Cannis.
“Eggie has been just very consistent this year,” said Clarke. “The hard work is starting to produce a little fruit for her and it’s well deserved.”
Cannis notched the final goal at 79:04 — her team-leading eighth tally of the season — when Hollenga crossed a pass from the right flank to her. The play started with a deft sideline ball by Michelle Felten, who was awarded a second assist on the goal.
The final two goals were scored on ASC backup goalkeeper Oralia Gutierrez, who relieved Stemple in the 62nd minute. The duo faced a barrage of shots — 28 in all and 14 on frame — while combining for nine saves.
Fort Lewis goalie Amanda Raso made four saves during the game to record her third complete game shutout of the season.
Fort Lewis wraps up its regular season home schedule against suddenly red-hot New Mexico Highlands (9-6-0, 7-4-0) at 1 p.m. next Sunday. After losing a 3-2 overtime thriller to Fort Lewis on Sept. 30, the Cowgirls have reeled off seven straight wins, outscoring their opponents 26-3 in that stretch.
The Cowgirls play at 7 p.m. game tonight at Colorado Mesa (6-6-2, 5-3-2).
Sunday’s game also marks the home regular season finale for four seniors: Hollenga, Barden, Egbom, and Felten. All four factored into the scoring today.