GOLDEN, Colo. — No. 25 Colorado Mines (8-1-1 overall, 4-1-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) shocked No. 9 Fort Lewis (9-1-2, 6-1-1) tonight at the CSM Soccer Stadium, scoring four times in the first half.
“That was a tough one for us,” said fifth-year FLC head coach Damian Clarke. “Hats off to Mines. They were fantastic. It’s not as if they were on our side of the field any more than we were on theirs. They just finished extremely well and we couldn’t find a way to score a goal. Defensively they were very good tonight. We weren’t as good as we needed to be.”
Mines broke the deadlock in the 24th minute on a poor clearance that came to the feet of Dani Hering at the top of the box. Hering lofted a ball in catching Amanda Raso off her line and banging it off the post for her first goal of the season.
Megan Woodworth notched her RMAC-leading ninth assist in the 33rd minute. Woodworth played a pinpoint ball from past midfield to the feet of Evans, who found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper slotting it low and far post for her eighth goal of the season.
Mines was not done however and this time it was Woodworth scoring from near the left sideline 30 yards out on a free kick for her fourth goal of the season in the 40th minute.
The Orediggers added a fourth goal off a corner kick in the 43rd minute. Kelsey Neal’s header was cleared off the line and Aubrey Bagley came in to clean up scoring her first goal of the season to make it 4-0 in favor of Mines.
Amy Hegarty picked up her second shutout of the season in goal. Leading 2-0, Hegarty made a diving stop on FLC’s Sam Weiss in the 34th minute to preserve the shutout. It was the sixth shutout of the season for the CSM defense.
The Orediggers outshot FLC 10-8 overall, but 9-1 in shots on frame.
Raso made three saves before being lifted for Amanda Snider in the 70th minute. Snider made a pair of solid saves to keep the score 4-0.
Fort Lewis saw its school record 11-game streak to open a season without a loss snapped. FLC was 9-0-2 entering today’s match.
“Hopefully we can get better from it,” said Clarke. “We will lick our wounds and go to battle on Sunday.”
Fort Lewis has another tough test at noon Sunday when they travel to No. 13 Metro State (9-2-0, 5-2-0). The Roadrunners were shocked on their home pitch today 3-0 by Colorado Mesa.