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FLC soccer ready to play under the lights

Teams set to kick off on Aug. 25
Tomas Duenes competes for Fort Lewis College last fall. The returning RMAC Freshman of the Year and his Skyhawk teammates will begin their season Aug. 25 in Texas. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The Colorado Mesa Men's Soccer Showcase and a pair of Lone Star Conference crossover games highlight the Fort Lewis College men’s soccer 2022 schedule.

The Skyhawks finished 8-8-1 overall with a 5-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference mark last season. FLC finished on a high note, taking down South Dakota Mines 3-0 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Fort Lewis will begin its new season against Texas Permian Basin on Aug. 25 on the campus of Lubbock Christian. The Skyhawks also will face off with Lubbock Christian on Aug. 27.

The Skyhawks then will head home to Dirks Field to play their first game under the newly installed lights against Adams State in a nonconference matchup Aug. 30.

The team will head back on the road the following weekend for the Colorado Mesa Men's Soccer Showcase. Fort Lewis will take on Great Northwest Athletic Conference opponents Simon Fraser and Montana State Billings. Aaron Champenoy, former FLC assistant athletic director for external operations, is the new coach in Billings.

Two additional games against Regis on Sept. 16 and at home against Metropolitan State University of Denver on Sept. 18 will close out the Skyhawks’ nonconference schedule.

The Skyhawks will open RMAC play on the road against Colorado Christian on Sept. 23 and at Colorado School of Mines on Sept. 25. Additional away contests include Colorado State University Pueblo on Oct. 7, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on Oct. 9 and MSU Denver on Oct. 14.

FLC will play its first home conference game on Sept. 30 against Colorado Mesa. The team also will host Westminster College (Utah) on Oct. 2, Adams State Oct. 12, Regis Oct. 20 and South Dakota Mines on Oct. 23 to end its regular season.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament is set to begin on Oct. 27 with the high seeds hosting. The semis are scheduled for Oct. 30 with the championship game on Nov. 4.

Danielle Gonzales of Fort Lewis College goes up for a header last season. Gonzales and her FLC teammates will kick off their season at home Aug. 25 against Chaminade University. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Women’s soccer ready to kick off

A pair of home contests, including its season opener under the new lights at Dirks Field, highlight the beginning of the 2022 campaign for the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team.

The Skyhawks finished 5-10-2 last season, falling in the RMAC quarterfinals to top-seeded Colorado Mesa, 1-0. The team boasted a 4-4-1 record on the road and a 3-7-1 mark in league play.

The team will begin its new season on Aug. 25 against a new foe, Chaminade University, kicking off at 7 p.m. at Dirks Field. Fort Lewis will turn around and host Lone Star Conference rival Lubbock Christian University on Aug. 27.

FLC will travel to Canyon, Texas, the following week for showdowns with West Texas A&M University and St. Mary's University. The Skyhawks will then host Eastern New Mexico University on Sept. 8 before wrapping its nonconference slate at Angelo State University in Texas Sept. 11.

From there, it will be all RMAC all the time.

The Skyhawks travel to CSU Pueblo and UCCS in the opening weekend and return home Sept. 23 to play against New Mexico Highlands University. The team will then welcome Colorado Christian on Sept. 30 and Adams State on Oct. 2.

FLC will then travel for four games in a row. They will compete against Colorado Mesa Oct. 7, Westminster College Oct. 9, Colorado School of Mines Oct. 14, and Regis Oct. 16.

The Skyhawks will then return to Dirks to wrap up its regular season with games on Oct. 21 against Black Hills State, Oct. 23 against MSU Denver and Oct. 26 against Western Colorado.

The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament is set to begin on Oct. 30 with the high seeds hosting. The semifinals are scheduled for Nov. 2 with the championship set for Nov. 5.