Fort Lewis edges Mesa women’s soccer team with late goal


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CMU at Adams State: 7 p.m. Friday, Alamosa

Black Hills State at CMU: 4 p.m. Saturday, Brownson Arena

Fort Lewis at CMU: 6 p.m. Sunday, Brownson Arena

Notes: It’s been a rough start for the young Mavericks (3-8, 0-3 RMAC), who have struggled to play consistently. Mesa is looking for its first conference win this weekend as it opens West Division play at Adams State (7-4, 1-2), then facing Fort Lewis (3-8, 0-3) on Sunday evening at home. In between, Mesa plays a future RMAC opponent, Black Hills (S.D.) State, which replaces Nebraska-Kearney next school year. The Yellow Jackets are making the rounds through the conference, losing 3-0 to Chadron State earlier this week, and heading to Denver to play Colorado Christian and Metro State after leaving Grand Junction. ... When Mesa reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II tournament in 2006, the Mavs started the season 1-7.


CMU at NSIC/RMAC Crossover: Sunday, Monday at Gothenburg, Neb.

Notes: Mesa’s Brandon Bingaman is coming off top-two finishes in the first two tournaments of the season. The junior, a Fruita Monument graduate, has been the conference golfer of the week two straight weeks and is the early season player to beat, with freshman Sean Robbins also playing well. The Mavericks will be challenged by the other RMAC teams as well as those from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

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.


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