Deuces wild for FLC soccer

Women climb to No. 2 in the top-25 rankings; men’s side slides to No. 22

On the second day of this work week, deuces were wild for the Fort Lewis College men’s and women’s soccer programs.

After one more win last week, the FLC women’s soccer team was bumped to No. 2 in the National Socer Coaches of Association of America top-25 rankings.

After just its second loss in the last two years, the FLC men’s soccer team was ranked 22nd in Tuesday’s Division II rankings.

The Skyhawks’ No. 2 ranking is a program best, topping its previous high of No. 3 set several times, most recently Sept. 13, 2011.

“It’s a testament to the hard work these girls have put in over the years, but it’s not a true reflection of how good we are at the moment,” FLC women’s soccer coach Damian Clarke said in a news release. “We have a lot to improve on, and we will start with that at 3 p.m. (Tuesday) when we train for (Colorado) Mesa on Friday.”

FLC (3-0) defeated Angelo State 3-0 on Sunday in its home opener, and the Skyhawks will play Colorado Mesa at 4 p.m. Friday in its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener in Grand Junction. FLC will host Colorado School of Mines at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Saint Rose was ranked No. 1 in the country, followed by FLC, Grand Valley State, Columbus State and Slippery Rock.

The men’s defending champions lost 3-2 to Grand Canyon on Friday in Phoenix, then beat California Baptist 1-0 on Monday. The loss to the nationally ranked Antelopes – on the Antelopes’ home pitch nonetheless – cost the Skyhawks 21 spots in the rankings.

Lynn took over the top spot in the top 25, followed by Seattle Pacific, Southern New Hampshire, Flagler and Midwestern State.

Grand Canyon, ranked 19th when they beat FLC, was ranked eighth Tuesday.

Regis climbed into the top 25, too. The Rangers were ranked 19th, three spots ahead of their RMAC rivals.

FLC (3-1) will open RMAC play against Colorado Mesa at 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Junction, then will host its archrival Colorado School of Mines at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Dirks Field in its home opener.