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Skyhawks are blanked by Mines

Fort Lewis falls 3-0 to Orediggers
Gaby Meraz-Fishbein of Fort Lewis College gets grabbed on Friday while playing Colorado School of Mines at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The Fort Lewis women’s soccer team was unable to take down the No. 18-ranked Colorado School of Mines on Friday at home.

Mines got a pair of goals in the first half and added one more after the break to beat the Skyhawks, 3-0.

With the loss, FLC slips to 3-7-2 overall and 1-5-1 in RMAC games. Mines improved to 10-2-3, 7-1-1.

Fort Lewis had one of its best scoring chances eight minutes into the game. With Mines’ goalie on the ground after making a stop, FLC got the loose ball and fired a ball on goal. Unfortunately, the shot was right at the goalkeeper, and she was able to smother it.

Julia Johnson of Fort Lewis College goes up after the ball on Friday while playing Colorado School of Mines at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

FLC goalie Katlyn Rosenbaum, meanwhile, made several good saves in the game, leaping and diving to make some stops. She finished with seven saves.

Early on in the contest, she raced out to intercept a long pass in and later punched a centered pass out.

In the 12th minute, however, Mines capitalized on a loose ball rolling around the box when Emma Peterson put a shot into the upper left corner of the net for the game’s first goal.

Mines scored again four minutes later. With Mines pressuring, an FLC defender passed the ball back to her goalie. Unable to pick the ball up, Rosenbaum tried to dribble around Mines’ Reese McDermott, but the Oredigger was able to steal the ball from the keeper and bury an open shot.

Elizabeth David of Fort Lewis College goes after the ball on Friday while playing Colorado School of Mines at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Later in the half, Fort Lewis put a hard shot on goal, but Mines’ goalie was able to jump up and deflect it with one hand.

Ariel Lopez also put her head on a centered pass just before halftime for Fort Lewis, but the one-timer missed wide.

Mines started the second half by putting more pressure on the Skyhawks. Rosenbaum blocked one shot after an Oredigger squeezed by a pair of defenders. Another shot bounced off the cross bar.

Danielle Gonzales of Fort Lewis College goes up for the ball on Friday while playing Colorado School of Mines at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

In the 52nd minute, however, Elise Putnam was alone deep with the ball and scored another goal for Mines.

Rosenbaum made a leaping save to swat the ball away with one hand in the final six minutes. FLC, however, was unable to find the back of the net and was shut out. It was Sierra Roth’s RMAC-leading seventh shutout of the season.

Mines outshot FLC 18-7 in the game.

Fort Lewis will return to Dirks on Sunday to take on Regis University (10-4-0, 7-2-0) in the team’s final home game of the year. The game is scheduled to kick off at noon.

The Fort Lewis men (7-6-1, 4-3-0) will play afterward, taking on the Metropolitan State University Roadrunners (6-8-1, 3-4-0) at 2:30 p.m. It will be FLC men’s final home game of the season.