Weiss makes history as ’Hawks advance

Prolific forward into the FLC book and onto the RMAC semifinals

The dream stays alive.

The NCAA Tournament hopes of the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team got a boost Wednesday with a 2-0 shutout over UC-Colorado Springs in the quarterfinals of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament.

Sam Weiss scored once in each half, tying the FLC single-season goal scoring mark of Kate Mahler set in 2006 at 16. Weiss also set the single-season school record for points, breaking the previous mark of 37 set by Carissa Bradford in 1999.

Elena Benavides assisted on Weiss’ first-half tally, while Emma Cannis had the helper after intermission.

The Skyhawks did well to put Regis’ late rally for a draw Sunday behind them, coming out firing early and fending off a tough, physical Mountain Lions side.

“They’re just mature. They’re starting to mature and able to put those kind of things behind them,” FLC head coach Damian Clarke said from Colorado Springs.

FLC entered the game in the sixth and final postseason slot in the South Central Region rankings. UCCS, meanwhile, was fifth.

FLC (13-3-3) will get a crack at the No. 4 team in those rankings, Regis, on Friday in Denver in the tournament semifinals.

“We’ll see kind of how that all pans out,” Clarke said. “Numbers, strength of schedule, all that sort of stuff to be honest with you can be all over the map.”

Amanda Raso made four saves for the Skyhawks’ 11th shutout of the season as FLC avenged a 1-0 overtime loss to the Mountain Lions from September.

To keep the dream of an RMAC Tournament title alive, FLC will have to get past Regis for the first time this year. The two played a 3-3 draw Sunday, and Regis won the first matchup.

“Definitely looking forward to it,” Clarke said. “Should be another classic battle.”


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