FLC women again lose by 1 in ‘tough’ defeat

Two games, two tough one-goal defeats for the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team.

Less than a week removed from a 1-0 overtime loss to UC-Colorado Springs, the Skyhawks once again were bitten late as Metro State scored in the 83rd minute to snare a 1-0 victory Friday in Denver.

“It wasn’t a bad performance, that’s for sure,” FLC head coach Damian Clarke said. “Just another tough team that wasn’t going to give anything away, and we didn’t do quite enough on the attacking side to make sure we earned it.”

Karisa Price beat charging goaltender Amanda Raso to Brittany Cito’s cross attempt and headed it into the net with just 7:03 remaining, dealing FLC (5-2-1, 2-2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) another body blow early in the race for the RMAC title.

FLC forward Emma Cannis headed a shot off the crossbar just minutes earlier, threatening to pot a winner of her own.

Clarke said he was happier with his side’s performance than he was in Sunday’s loss, adding that once FLC gets back on the board, he expects goals to come in bunches.

“The teams we played against in the last two games are better than the ones we played previously,” he said. “I think if we scored a goal in this game – I think if we scored one, I think we’d score two.

“I think confidence-wise, I think realistically we probably gained a little bit.”

The Roadrunners (6-2-1, 3-1-1 RMAC) outshot FLC 12-10, while the Skyhawks held the edge in shots on goal 5-4. Jordan Simkins stopped all five shots for Metro to earn the shutout.

FLC will play Colorado Christian at 1 p.m. Sunday in Lakewood.

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