Fort Lewis men finish 3-2 soccer road win

Finally finishing, the Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team got back in the win column Sunday.

The Skyhawks shook off a scoreless draw at home with CSU-Pueblo on Friday to pick up a 3-2 victory over UC-Colorado Springs on Sunday to avenge an earlier loss.

“(Sunday), again, like all season, we created lots of chances, but (Sunday) the difference was finishing those chances,” Fort Lewis head coach Oige Kennedy said.

The Skyhawks (8-4-2, 5-3-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) got on the board in the first half when Yannis Becker found Aaron Kloer, who slotted a shot into the net, while James Roberts’ goal provided a 1-1 halftime score.

Becker was instrumental in giving Fort Lewis a second-half lead, as his corner kick found Derek Freeman’s head for a 2-1 lead.

The Skyhawks pulled ahead 3-1 when Artur Piperkov’s service found Casey Dean for a header to extend the lead to two goals midway through the second half.

UCCS (7-6-1, 6-4-1 RMAC) answered moments later when Fort Lewis goalkeeper Ryan Schaul was whistled for handling the ball outside of the penalty area and sent off. He miss Friday’s game at No. 2 Regis.

Mash Shaswar buried the penalty kick to cut the lead in half, but replacement keeper Cooper Hall and the Skyhawks held the Mountain Lions at bay the rest of the way.

“We play on one of the football fields, and there’s lots of different lines,” Kennedy said of Schaul’s miscue.

The Skyhawks will look to stay on the winning track against the Rangers on Friday in Denver.