Sam Weiss isn’t just hot right now. White hot might not be enough to describe it.
Blue hot is the next level up and more fitting, especially given the uniform she sported Sunday.
Weiss notched a hat trick to move her total to six goals in just three games, and the No. 5 Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team topped Angelo State of Texas 3-0 on Sunday at Dirks Field.
Asked about her last hat trick, Weiss, a sophomore forward, couldn’t recall exactly when she’d last scored three times in one contest.
“Oh gosh, at any level? It was probably a year and a half, two years. ... It’s been awhile, definitely,” Weiss said.
It was the seventh hat trick in FLC women’s history, and the first since Nichole Kluk in 2008.
Weiss, who moved into the starting lineup at striker to replace the prolific and departed Hayley Hollenga, has been using her improved fitness and dynamic pace to give opponents fits this season. Prior to Sunday, she scored twice in a win over Midwestern State and once more in a victory over West Texas A&M.
“I was up here a lot sooner, and I got together with the girls a lot sooner, just working out and eating better, too,” she said of the secrets to her early success.
Fort Lewis head coach Damian Clarke was most pleased with the way both Weiss and fellow forward Emma Cannis were able to control the game when the ball reached the top of the attack.
But heading into big tests next weekend at Colorado Mesa and at home against Colorado School of Mines, there were some stretches of play he wasn’t particularly pleased with.
Briefly in both halves, the Skyhawks (3-0-0) weren’t entirely crisp with their touches and appeared a bit disjointed before regaining form and moving the ball in the way they’re accustomed.
“I was disappointed in the overall commitment to keep the ball. ... I think we struggled to keep the ball in the wide areas, which we need to improve,” Clarke said.
When a handful of mistakes did occur, the Fort Lewis defense typically was quick to erase them, making solid tackles in one-on-one situations.
Amanda Raso also made two saves in net, including a diving save on a low free kick from the Rambelles’ Hanna Horeis.
Weiss, from Chandler, Ariz., solved the Rambelles (2-2-0) for the first time in the 10th minute.
Serena Mancha’s feed over the top of the defense found a streaking Weiss, who toe-poked the ball around goalkeeper Danielle Edwards before tapping into the open net for a 1-0 Fort Lewis lead.
The sophomore striker found the net again in the 25th minute, when she took a perfectly timed pass over the top and slotted the shot into the lower left-hand corner of the net to double FLC’s advantage.
The third was the prettiest of the bunch.
Weiss took a Cannis’ delivery and darted to the right of the penalty area before firing a rocket back to the left that rattled off the far post and in to cap the scoring in the 65th minute.
“Obviously the forwards played really well. ... I think we knew Sam was going to do what she did (playing well),” Clarke said.
The Skyhawks head to Grand Junction to face Colorado Mesa as part of a men’s-women’s doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Friday before opening another doubleheader at home against the rival Orediggers of Colorado School of Mines at 1 p.m. Sunday.