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Skyhawks ready for home games

Soccer teams playing at Dirks Friday and Sunday
Fort Lewis midfielder Madyson Barela, pictured last season, scored a first-half goal Friday to help FLC beat New Mexico Highlands 3-1. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

The Fort Lewis College men’s and women’s soccer teams will be at home Friday and Sunday for a pair of doubleheaders at Dirks Field.

Friday, the FLC women will kick off the action against Colorado Christian University at 4:30 p.m. The FLC men will then take on Colorado Mesa at 7 p.m.

Sunday, the women will play Adams State at 11 a.m., and the men will play Westminster College at 1:30 p.m.

In addition to Friday’s competition on the pitch, fans will be treated to a tailgate party by Bank of Colorado. FLC will also honor faculty, staff, student-athlete academic success and the local Rio Rapids Soccer Club.

Former women’s soccer players and co-valedictorians Ashley Strader and Skylar Byrnes will be honored. Both graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

The FLC women enter Friday’s contest with CCU after a dominant 3-1 win over New Mexico Highlands on Sept 23. NMHU scored first, but FLC tied it in the first half when Elizabeth David assisted Madyson Barela.

Fort Lewis wasted no time getting the go-ahead goal in the second half. David took advantage of a foul, scoring on free kick from 45 yards out in the 48th minute. Two minutes later, Dannon Yake found space from 40 yards out and bounced a shot in to extend FLC’s lead to 3-1. FLC also had a couple pair of goals waved off down the stretch, but they didn’t affect the outcome.

The FLC women are 2-6-1 overall. CCU is 3-6-0, Adams is 2-6-0, and NMHU is 0-8-0.

The Fort Lewis men return home after a challenging road trip that featured a 3-2 loss to Colorado Christian and a 3-1 loss to Colorado School of Mines. Colorado Christian held a 2-1 lead at the half after a goal in the 44th minute. The Cougars extended their lead to 3-1 early in the second half before Henrik Hake scored in the 77th minute to cut the score to 3-2.

Against Colorado Mines, the teams were tied at 1-1 for a majority of the game, thanks to a goal from Isaac Garro. The Orediggers broke it open in the final 20 minutes of the game, however, with goals in the 79th and 88th minutes.

The FLC men are 1-6-2. Mesa is 5-3-1, Westminster is 3-5-1, and Mines and CCU are both 6-3-2.