It wasn’t entirely casual Friday at Dirks Field. Call it business casual.
Sam Weiss recorded her second hat trick of the season, and the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team rolled to a 4-0 victory over Colorado Christian on Friday as FLC got the necessary result with plenty of smile-inducing moments to go around.
The Skyhawks (12-3-2, 8-5-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) threatened early and often against the Cougars, with Elena Benavides nearly missing on the first good scoring opportunity less than a minute into the game.
Kate Sowell had a great chance that went awry when she hit the crossbar.
FLC kept pounding away, trying to slip the through-ball several times with varied success as they had the run of possession.
“We were talking a lot about the texture of that last pass. If we can eliminate the goalkeeper on that last pass and force the goalkeeper to stay, we know we’re fast enough to get on to it,” FLC head coach Damian Clarke said.
Weiss, who leads FLC with 14 goals, broke the stalemate in the 18th minute, when Benavides played Therese Romero, whose feed sent Weiss in alone, and she chipped Colorado Christian goalkeeper Caitlyn Moses for a 1-0 lead.
The sophomore striker could’ve had a hat trick in the first half if not for a couple of quality saves by Moses, who held up as well as she could against a fairly relentless FLC onslaught. But Weiss would crack the code again less than two minutes into the second half, again chipping the keeper after a feed from Emma Cannis, who pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 55th minute by volleying in a corner kick from Allison Knewitz.
The third goal of the afternoon was Weiss’ best. Taking the ball just inside of midfield, she was a baby-blue blur as she simply outran the Cougars’ defense and slid a shot under Moses for a 4-0 advantage in the 61st minute.
“I’m always trying to look for Emma on those, but that one was just in such a weird spot, and I just saw the space in behind, and I decided to give it a go. I was dribbling at her, and I thought why not try it, and it worked,” Weiss said.
Other than a couple of quickly-rectified turnovers, FLC allowed nary a chance to the Cougars (2-14-1, 0-12-1 RMAC). The defense shut down a small handful of runs, and Amanda Raso made three saves for the Skyhawks’ 10th shutout of the year, its best mark in two seasons. The Skyhawks outshot the Cougars 25-6 and 11-3 in shots on goal.
“We made sure the shots they got on goal were from way out and not very dangerous at all. ... Our defense was able to drop in and cover for us,” defender Grace Sheridan said.
The win started off a big weekend for the Skyhawks, who will face Regis on Sunday. A sweep would guarantee them at least host duties Wednesday in the first round of the RMAC Tournament.