A much more familiar feeling for Skyhawks men’s soccer

The Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team erased the bitter taste of Wednesday’s loss to Colorado Mesa and got back in the win column Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Adams State in Alamosa.

“I think it was one of the first times all year we looked together as a team,” FLC head coach Oige Kennedy said. “We showed great fight, great team spirit.”

Trevor Gibbons got the Skyhawks off and running when he took a pass from Casey Dean, who returned from a knee injury, and rattled a shot off the post and in in the 33rd minute.

Artur Piperkov’s header off a Yannis Becker corner kick in the 50th minute gave the Skyhawks (7-4-1, 4-3-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) a 2-0 lead.

“I think it was only our second goal off a set piece all year,” said Kennedy, whose past teams had a knack for set-piece goals.

Matthew Stefanko’s header goal off a corner kick cut the deficit in half for the Grizzlies (1-10-0, 1-6-0 RMAC) in the 55th minute, but the Skyhawks held on from there.

FLC outshot Adams State 16-9 with a 10-3 edge in shots on goal. Ryan Schaul picked up the victory for FLC, which hosts CSU-Pueblo at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

“We saw that (Sunday) when we do work for each other and fight for each other, we can win games,” Kennedy said.