Fort Lewis women ‘define’ selves vs. Adams

FLC soccer rallies for victory

Fort Lewis College women’s soccer hadn’t fallen to the depths, but the Skyhawks had been searching for the form they’d had as they steamrolled to No. 2 in the country early in the season.

In a come-from-behind win over Adams State, they may have found it at just the right time.

Fort Lewis came from 2-1 down in the second half, and Kate Sowell completed the rally with her game-winning goal on a loose ball in the penalty area to give the Skyhawks a 3-2 victory over the Grizzlies on Sunday in Alamosa.

“There’s always that point in the season that there’s an opportunity for it to define you, and this was it for us,” FLC head coach Damian Clarke said.

Playing without Emma Cannis, who had a hamstring injury, and with Sam Weiss limited a bit with a nagging back issue, the Skyhawks (8-2-2, 4-2-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) had to show their versatility.

Molly Celler put Fort Lewis up 1-0 with a goal in the first half, while Durango High School alum Brooke Milliet’s first collegiate goal provided a second-half equalizer.

Elena Benavides earned high marks from her coach for spending some time at forward to settle the position a bit without Cannis, and he was happy with the poise his side showed to top the Grizzlies (4-8-0, 2-6-0 RMAC).

“We’re a team that’s always been good coming from behind, and I think (Sunday) we got to show what we’re capable of,” Clarke said.