Fort Lewis edges Mesa women’s soccer team with late goal
Colorado Mesa University was 21⁄2 minutes away from taking No. 18 Fort Lewis College to overtime Wednesday in an RMAC soccer game in Durango.
Two and a half minutes, though, is a long time — too long to keep the Skyhawks from scoring the winning goal on a header with 2:37 remaining for a 2-1 victory.
Megan Stridel jumped higher than the defense to head in a corner kick past backup goalkeeper Sarah Schnetzler to keep Fort Lewis undefeated at 6-0-1, 3-0-0 in the conference.
Colorado Mesa, which got a tying goal from Leilani Wiernicki in the opening 10 minutes of the game, fell to 3-4-0, 2-1-0 in the RMAC.
It didn’t take Fort Lewis long to get on the board, scoring 2:23 into the game when Emma Cannis redirected a corner kick by Sara Egbom into the net.
Wiernicki, though, took a free kick 9:47 into the game and curled it into the far corner from 30 yards out to tie it at 1-1.
The Mavericks, who play at Adams State on Friday and at CU-Colorado Springs on Sunday, became the first team this season to outshoot the Skyhawks, getting off 14 shots, four on goal. Fort Lewis managed nine shots, five on goal, against Mesa’s defense.
The third-ranked Skyhawks blanked Colorado Mesa 3-0, the fourth time in seven games this season the Mavericks (0-6-1, 0-3-0) have been shut out.
Fabian Kling scored twice in the first half, including a penalty kick 17:17 into the game after Thomas Hoang was pulled down by a Mesa defender on a scoring chance.
Kling’s penalty shot went down the middle to beat keeper Caleb Ealey, who went to his left.
Kling’s free kick at the 38:26 mark made it 2-0 and Hoang added another goal in the second half, taking a pass from Artur Piperkov in the box and beating Ealey. Fort Lewis (6-0-0, 2-0-0) outshot the Mavericks 14-7, 4-2 on goal.
The Mavericks’ three-game week continues at home Friday when they host CU-Colorado Springs at 7 p.m. at Walker Field.
Sunday, Colorado Mesa hosts Adams State at 3 p.m. at Walker Field.