After nearly a perfect fortnight, it’s time to put one in the loss column.
The Regis Rangers scored four second-half goals, and the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team lost its first game in seven outings, falling 6-3 to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s No. 2 team Friday in Denver.
The Skyhawks, who re-entered the top-25 poll this week at 22, and the Rangers battled to a 2-2 halftime draw before the Regis side went off for four goals in the final half.
“Their movements were just dangerous. They kept finding ways to create 1 v. 1s,” FLC head coach Damian Clarke said.
Two of those goals came in the first 10 minutes of play – first from Sade Akindele in the 49th minute, before Sidny Otto added the second just three minutes later.
The Skyhawks’ Therese Romero answered in the 54th to pull within one score, but Meghan Stuart and Marissa Davis each added goals within the next five minutes to put the Rangers ahead by the final margin.
“The kids didn’t stop,” Clarke said. “To be honest with you, I think we could’ve made it 5-6.”
The difference, Clarke said, was better efficiency in front of goal, as the Rangers’ attack won tackles off of defenders and turned them into scores.
“They exposed us better,” Clarke said.
“Both teams were very good on the attack side, but both teams struggled on defense.”
In the first half, the Skyhawks’ Megan Striedel scored the game’s first goal in the 19th minute.
Stuart answered for the Rangers in the 25th minute on a “very good goal.”
Molly Celler and the Skyhawks retook the lead in the 27th minute.
“We played very well in the first half,” Clarke said. “We played excellent.”
But the Skyhawks’ fortunes took an unlucky turn in the 39th minute, when goalkeeper Amanda Raso tried to clear a ball but instead hit a defender in the head. When the ball rebounded to Akindele, the Regis forward tied it back up with an uncontested look at the net.
“That was obviously a bit of a blow to us,” Clarke said.
Raso and Caitlyn Espinosa split time tending the FLC net – Raso making one save on three shots on goal in the first half and Espinosa taking the loss with two saves on six Rangers’ shots on goal on a day that Clarke said wasn’t going to be easy on anybody.
“Tough day for both of them,” he said of his revolving door between the pipes. “Both of them did a good job.”
Regis had 16 total shots.
The Skyhawks weren’t far behind with 12, but Ellen Augsberger saved four of seven on goal for the win.
FLC (10-3-2, 6-3-2 RMAC) will play CSU-Pueblo at noon Sunday in Pueblo.