It’s a habit the Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team would love to break.
The last two games the Skyhawks had the better of play for long stretches; yet the last two games they have fallen one goal shy of their opponent.
FLC put eight of its 16 shots on net, but it was Brenden Hughes’ header that proved to be the difference in a 1-0 overtime victory for Metro State on Friday in Denver.
Coupled with Sunday’s loss to UC-Colorado Springs, it’s the first time the Skyhawks (5-3-1, 2-2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) have lost consecutive games since early September 2010, when they fell on the road to Truman State and Columbia (Mo.) College.
“Pretty tough, you know,” FLC head coach Oige Kennedy said. “We dominated the game from start to finish but just couldn’t capitalize on the chances we created.”
Metro State (6-3-0, 3-2-0 RMAC) goalkeeper Shailer Thomas partly was to blame. He stopped eight shots, including three that Kennedy called “tough” saves on 1-on-1 chances.
“He did his job right; we didn’t do ours,” Kennedy said.
With just three postseason spots available, the defending national champions have work to do to return to the NCAA Tournament, especially with Regis sitting unbeaten. But, at this juncture, Kennedy said his squad can’t afford to look further than the next game. In this case: 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Colorado Christian in Lakewood.
“We just have to get ourselves back to our winning ways,” Kennedy said.