Fort Lewis signs unusual keeper

Women’s soccer team recruits a midfielder to mind its net

The Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team made another addition to next year’s roster recently with the signing of goalkeeper Caitlyn Espinosa from Rio Rancho, N.M.

Espinosa played her freshman year at Rio Rancho High School before playing her final three years at Cleveland High School, where she actually played in the midfield, not in goal. But the 5-8 Espinosa, who participated in soccer, basketball and track and field, played goalkeeper some as a freshman and likely will fill that role for Fort Lewis College.

“She has soft hands and very good footwork,” FLC head coach Damian Clarke said in a news release. “These are qualities that will make her a fantastic addition to an already strong group of keepers.”

Espinosa’s senior season saw her earn second-team all-state honors, and she was an honorable mention all-district performer. She also was a member of playoff teams in all four years of high school.

As a sophomore, Espinosa was an all-state honorable mention and second-team all-district member, and she was honorable mention on both as a junior.

“She lettered in three different sports in high school and has been recruited to play both basketball and soccer at the college level,” Clarke said. “Caitlyn has a great attitude and mindset for this position.”

Espinosa’s commitment gives the incoming class nine players. Durango High School’s Brooke Milliet and Savannah Seiter will be Skyhawks next season, as will Molly Celler, Jordan Hix, Grace Sheridan, Dani Sheppard, Kate Sowell and Laura Tita.