DENVER, Colo. — For the third straight time and fifth in their past four meetings, No. 9 Fort Lewis (9-1-3 overall, 6-1-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and No. 13 Metro State (9-2-1, 5-2-1) played to a draw today, this time a 2-2 affair at the Auraria Field that saw all four goals scored in the final 14 minutes of regulation.
“We played fantastic,” said fifth-year FLC head coach Damian Clarke. “They played well also. I thought we had the better of the game. They’re a good team and they’re resilient in that they fell down 2-0 and then scored two goals in 19 seconds. It was pretty crazy.”
After more than 75 minutes of scoreless play, Fort Lewis struck first. Nicole Schumacher took a direct kick that Sam Weiss cleaned up in front of the net for her fourth goal of the season at 76:37.
Less than two minutes later, Emma Cannis tallied her sixth marker of the campaign, scoring on a direct shot from outside the box at 78:07 to make it 2-0.
“The second goal was a pass up the middle to Emma, who turned and beat her player and slotted it to the upper right corner over the goalkeepers’ head,” said Clarke.
Then Metro State woke up. Hayley Marsh cleaned up Taylor Nicholls’ shot in front of Amanda Raso at 79:23 to cut the margin in half. Marsh’s score was her fourth of 2011.
Nineteen seconds later, Tess Hagenlock floated a shot over Raso from the deep left to make it 2-2.
“We just couldn’t quite hold it down long enough to kill their momentum,” said Clarke. “But I was encouraged by the way the girls played, considering the loss that we had (a 4-0 loss at No. 25 Colorado Mines on Friday).
Neither team could net the golden goal in overtime.
Metro State outshot Fort Lewis 21-19 overall, 7-6 in shots on goal.
Raso made five saves for the Skyhawks, while Danielle Quigley made four stops for MSCD.
After playing 10 of its first 13 games on foreign soil, the Skyhawks return home for the next four at Dirks Field. The Skyhawks host Colorado Christian (2-11-0, 1-8-0) at 1 p.m. Friday before facing Metro State at 1 p.m. next Sunday.