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Fort Lewis falls to CSU Pueblo in OT

Danielle Gonzalez of Fort Lewis College controls the ball while playing West Texas A&M at FLC earlier this season. Gonzales and her teammates led CSU Pueblo on Friday, but lost in overtime. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)
FLC takes early lead, but loses conference opener

The Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team and CSU Pueblo needed an extra frame to determine the winner on Friday.

Unfortunately for the Skyhawks, CSU Pueblo netted the game winner with just under two minutes left in overtime to score a 2-1 win.

FLC slipped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with the loss. CSU Pueblo improved to 2-4, 1-0 with the win.

In the first half, Fort Lewis did a good job putting pressure on CSU Pueblo and fired shot after shot on goal.

Kinley Carter and Madyson Barela both had good shots that required CSU Pueblo’s goalie to make diving stops.

Barela also put a long shot on goal, but the goalie made a leaping one-handed save to deflect the ball over the goal.

Fort Lewis got a corner kick, then another corner and then a third corner kick on the ensuing plays.

Finally, Barela centered the ball perfectly in front of the net, and Casey Flynn was able to head it in for the goal, giving Fort Lewis a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute.

In the second half, CSU Pueblo started playing with more urgency and Cara Siegel tied the game 1-1 with a long, high shot that just snuck by Fort Lewis’ goalie.

Later in the half, FLC pressured the Thunderwolves when Aubrey Swindle found an open Sabrina Reyes, but her shot was saved and the teams eventually went into overtime.

Fort Lewis came out strong in the overtime and put a few shots on frame early.

CSU Pueblo, however, got the golden goal when Fort Lewis was unable to clear a crossed ball in the box and Siegel scored on a close look to end the contest.

Fort Lewis will be back on the pitch Sunday at Dirks Field. The team will host another RMAC match with the No. 6 ranked University of Colorado Colorado Springs (6-1, 1-0) at noon.

The Fort Lewis men’s soccer team (2-2-1) will play after the women, taking on Westminster College (4-5) at 2:30 p.m. The men were also scheduled to play at No. 16 ranked Colorado Mesa University (6-1) on Friday night.

colivas@durangoherald.com