Let the waiting game begin.
The top-seeded Regis women’s soccer team protected its home field Friday with a 3-1 victory over No. 5 seed Fort Lewis College in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference semifinals. In a tightly packed race for six NCAA Tournament spots, the Skyhawks, despite going 13-4-3 this season, will have to sweat it out until the NCAA’s selection show at 5:30 p.m. Monday to find out if they made the field.
“I think our chances are pretty slim,” said FLC head coach Damian Clarke, who’s on the selection committee. “It’s not a question of whether or not we’re a good enough team. We definitely are. But, you know, Metro, Mines, Regis – they’re all excellent teams. Not sure we did enough at the end of the day.
“I think we beat some quality teams, but at the same time, I think we needed to beat Regis one of those games to kind of seal the deal, and we didn’t do it.”
RMAC Freshman of the Year Sade Akindele got Regis off and running in the sixth minute. She corralled a loose ball off a corner kick and found the net for the 13th time this season for a 1-0 lead.
The freshman sensation did it again in the 52nd, scoring unassisted for her 14th goal of the season. Just five minutes later, Sidny Otto pushed the lead to a commanding 3-nil, scoring off a Meghan Stuart cross.
Sam Weiss claimed the FLC single-season goals record for herself in the 72nd minute, scoring an unassisted goal for her 17th tally of the season, but it proved too little, too late for FLC.
“You know, when they scored the third goal, we changed and played three up top, and honestly took it out of them for 17 or 18 minutes,” Clarke said. “We hit the post twice, got behind them once.
“I think we showed ourselves that we might be able to change and play a few different ways (Friday).”
FLC outshot Regis 7-4 in shots on goal, but to no avail. Brianna Randall made six saves for Regis to preserve the victory.
Regis will host No. 2 seed Colorado Mines, a 1-0 winner Friday over Metro State, for the RMAC Tournament championship Sunday in Denver.