Knewitz, Fort Lewis back to scoring in bunches

Fort Lewis College women’s soccer coach Damian Clarke said after Friday’s loss to Metro State that once his team finally scored again, goals would come in bunches.

Good call.

Sam Weiss’ ninth goal of the season in the third minute ended a 200-plus minute scoring drought, and the Skyhawks rolled from there to a 6-0 win over Colorado College on Sunday in Lakewood.

“I think we came back to an extent from a pretty difficult run of things,” Clarke said of his squad, which had lost two consecutive 1-0 games entering Sunday.

“The girls had a very good energy in the second half. We weren’t great in the first half, but to be honest, after we scored the fourth goal we relaxed and looked like ourselves.”

FLC (6-2-1, 3-2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) spread the wealth Sunday, and the main benificiary was Allison Knewitz.

The sophomore midfielder scored the first two goals of her career in a roughly five-minute span Sunday, connecting on passes from Emma Cannis and Elena Benavides to build the Fort Lewis lead to 3-0 by the 23rd minute.

Kate Sowell, Cannis and Molly Celler tallied in the second half to wrap the scoring.

“I think if we can take a little bit of pressure off of those two forwards (Weiss and Cannis) from scoring goals from those wide spaces, it opens it up for everybody,” Clarke said.

Amanda Raso and Caitlyn Espinosa each played a half in net for FLC.

Clarke raved about the performance of Benavides, FLC’s stalwart in the central midfield. Her ball skills played a pivotal role in setting up the goals, and she had two assists against the Cougars (2-7-0, 0-5-0 RMAC).

“I think sometimes she’s kind of unsung because she’s the cog that makes everything go,” Clarke said.

The Skyhawks return to the pitch at 1 p.m. Friday when they visit Adams State.