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Roundup: Fort Lewis women’s soccer stays undefeated

Women’s soccer highlights busy weekend for Skyhawk athletics
Aubrey Swindle pictured in a previous match. Swindle scored one goal against Angelo State on Saturday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

An undefeated season is still in the cards after the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team beat Angelo State 1-0 on Saturday at Dirks Field.

Fort Lewis improved to 4-0-2 with the win and Angelo State fell to 1-4-1.

Despite being outshot 14-10, the Skyhawks took the lead early on with a goal by senior Aubrey Swindle 11 minutes into the first half. Swindle used her speed to beat an Angelo State defender down the left side, then got around the keeper for an open-net finish from a tight angle. The FLC defense stood strong the rest of the game, led by senior goalkeepers Katlyn Rosenbaum and Riley Bravin.

Men’s soccer settles for draw

The Skyhawks could only find the back of the net once while Montana State University Billings struck early and held on to force a 1-1 tie on Saturday at Simon Fraser University.

Fort Lewis finished its non-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule 2-2-1 overall. MSU Billings moved to 3-2-1.

In the 11th minute, FLC played the ball back into its own half in hopes of rotating around the MSUB offense. A timely challenge by the Yellow Jackets forced a beneficial bounce, and Ty Vohland cashed in with a strike to the left side of the net.

Anton Hjalmarsson scored the equalizer in the 70th minute for the Skyhawks. Ciaran Feeney got the ball off a set piece and sent it toward Hjalmarsson at the left post for Hjalmarsson to tap it in.

Cross country teams have strong day in Gunnison

The FLC women finished second behind Western Colorado University with a team time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 15 seconds Saturday at the Mountaineer Invitational. Host team Western Colorado University won the women’s team title. Freshman Linda Weigang finished second overall in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 18:01 for FLC.

The men’s cross country team also finished second behind Western Colorado, which won the men’s team title. The Skyhawks finished the 8,000-meter race with an overall time of 2:10:30. Senior Henry Barth was the top finisher for FLC, finishing seventh in 25:50.

Fort Lewis football drops home opener

The Skyhawks had 343 yards of offense on Saturday but couldn’t get their first win of the season, losing 31-17 to New Mexico Highlands in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener for both teams. FLC fell to 0-3, while New Mexico Highlands improved to 2-1.

Braden Wingle threw for 236 yards for FLC. New Mexico Highlands’ offense came from quarterback Joey Cave. He threw for 140 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 95 yards as well. New Mexico Highlands outrushed the Skyhawks 210-85.

New Mexico Highlands raced off to a 17-3 lead at halftime behind two touchdown runs from Shawntay Mills Jr.

FLC found some offense in the third quarter. Mikal Baker had a seven-yard touchdown run to cap off a 14-play, 74-yard drive which took 7:23.

Unfortunately, the Skyhawks couldn’t get any closer than a seven-point deficit in the second half. Malik Norman iced the game with a two-yard run with 4:01 left in the fourth quarter to make the score 31-17 New Mexico Highlands.

Fort Lewis golf teams also in action

The Skyhawks traveled to Pueblo for the Farmers Insurance Sam Proal Invitational at the Walking Stick Golf Course. The Skyhawks finished third out of 10 schools at the three-day event, shooting 3-under par. FLC finished strong on Tuesday with a -12 under par score. Henry Poston finished fifth overall out of 54 golfers with a 5-under for the Skyhawks.

The FLC’s women’s golf team played in the RJGA South Central Shootout on Monday and Tuesday. The Skyhawks finished last in 14th place at 63-over par over the two-day event. Emma Tornroos finished tied for 46th at 11-over.

Colorado Mesa sweeps Fort Lewis in volleyball

The Skyhawks lost to No. 12 Colorado Mesa University in RMAC action, 25-20, 26-24 and 25-20. The Skyhawks fell to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in the RMAC. Colorado Mesa improved to 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the RMAC. Ella Butler led the Skyhawks with seven kills.

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