Both teams traded chances in a back-and-forth contest, but neither could find a goal as the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team battled to a 0-0 draw with New Mexico Highlands on Friday night in Las Vegas, N.M.
“To be honest with you, I think we’re starting to kind of pull ourselves out of I guess I’d say a rough patch,” FLC head coach Damian Clarke said. “We played really, really well at times, moved the ball extremely well, but we didn’t do it long enough to completely break them down.”
Caitlyn Espinosa got the start in net for the Skyhawks, who posted their seventh shutout of the year.
Clarke said Espinosa had a few quality saves against the Cowgirls (4-6-1, 2-4-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) in the first half and one somewhat difficult opportunity after the halftime intermission.
FLC (7-2-2, 3-2-2 RMAC) has a position battle for playing time in net with both Espinosa and incumbent starter Amanda Raso logging minutes and playing at a high level.
“They’re both very good, and shoot, I mean, I think they have more shutouts already this year than we did last year,” Clarke said. “They’re both good, and right now, I think Caitlyn’s been quite impressive, but I think it’s going to make Raso better, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Raso finds a way to win it again.”
Clarke said Sam Weiss had a couple of good scoring chances, along with one for Megan Striedel. Weiss and Elena Benavides both had two shots on goal.
“Just that last touch to set up the finishing play wasn’t quite there,” he said. “I kind of have to give Highlands credit as well. They were very, very tough, and I think they played extremely well against us (Friday).”
FLC, which sits five points behind league co-leaders Colorado Mesa, Metro State and Regis, will look to jump back into the win column at 1 p.m. Sunday against Adams State in Alamosa.
Colorado Mesa beat Adams State 1-0 on Friday, while Metro State shut out CSU-Pueblo 4-0, and Colorado Mines shut out Regis 2-0.