The Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team wasted little time putting consecutive losses in the rear-view mirror.
Trevor Gibbons scored just 54 seconds in and again in the 83rd minute, and the Skyhawks dominated play en route to a 3-1 victory over Colorado Christian University on Sunday in Lakewood.
Gibbons, making the most of his first start of the season, headed a feed from Artur Piperkov past Cougars goalkeeper David Ilgenfritz less than a minute into the game, sparking an FLC side desperate for dynamic play in the attacking third.
In the seventh minute, Fort Lewis (6-3-1, 3-2-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) struck again when Kosta Kordistos got on the end of an Alberto Capdepon pass and found the back of the net to push the lead to 2-0.
“We made some changes,” Fort Lewis head coach Oige Kennedy said. “Trevor Gibbons came in (Sunday). He’d been working super hard in training to do what we asked him to do and looked lively up top.”
Luke Burgard put Colorado Christian (1-9-0, 0-6-0 RMAC) back within a goal when he tallied on a corner kick in the 54th minute.
Gibbons, however, put the game away when he headed in a cross from Zac Lawrence in the 83rd.
Fort Lewis outshot Colorado Christian 18-5 and 7-3 in shots on goal.
Ryan Schaul made a pair of saves to pick up the victory for the Skyhawks.
Given the shot disparity, Kennedy said he was hoping for a few more goals. Still, he wasn’t unhappy with the way his squad played after consecutive one-goal losses to UC-Colorado Springs and Metro State.
“We controlled possession, had all the opportunities. We just couldn’t get more goals,” Kennedy said.
Fort Lewis returns home to host Colorado Mesa at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Dirks Field.