Fort Lewis defeats Metro State
Hoang’s first-half goal propels Skyhawks to second round
DURANGO, Colo. -- Thomas Hoang had a goal and an assist and Ryan Wirth recorded his 12th shutout of the season as No. 3 Fort Lewis (20-1-0 overall) defeated No. 19 Metro State (14-7-1) 3-0 on Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
“We got there in the end,” third-year FLC head coach Oige Kennedy said. “I think we had five shots and three goals which is a good return. We were a bit more clinical in front of the game than we have been in the last few games. I was slightly disappointed with our possession. I thought we went north to south too quickly and didn’t allow the play to develop.”
The Skyhawks took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when Hoang headed a crossing pass from the left flank by Alberto Capdepon-Rodriguez to Cory Dean, who collected it and fired a low shot from the top of the box that curled past Metro State goalkeeper Shailer Thomas. The marker was Dean’s second of the season and proved to be all the offense Fort Lewis would need.
Thomas kept the deficit at one goal for the remainder of the first half, stopping Casey Dean on a pair of chances from the right side.
Fort Lewis added insurance in the 57th minute when Berekk Blackwell played a ball over the top of Metro’s line that Hoang fought off the defense and broke free for a one-on-one chance with Thomas that he converted for his eighth goal of the season.
Joey Madigan slid a free kick from 25 yards out past the wall and inside the far post at 64:19 to make the final margin 3-0 -- his seventh of the year.
Shots favored the Roadrunners 17-9, but the Skyhawks were efficient, putting five on goal to three for Metro State.
“We restricted them to long range efforts and I really don’t remember Ryan making a big save,” Kennedy said. "The back four did a nice job keeping them from getting a lot of opportunities.”
Wirth stopped all three Roadrunner shots, while Thomas made a pair of saves for Metro State.