Nov. 13, 2009

Courtesy of Fort Lewis Athletics

DURANGO, Colo. - 
The Fort Lewis College Men's Soccer Team took on the Orediggers of Colorado Mines for the third time this season and got the same result as the two times before. On a cold wet day, Fort Lewis defeated Colorado Mines 3-0 in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Playoffs. The game took place on a field that resembled a slip n' side due to pouring rain and freezing cold winds. With the win, Fort Lewis advances to the 2nd round on Sunday at 1pm to take on #3 in the nation, West Texas A&M who defeated Midwestern State 3-0 earlier in the day.

The first half was very equally played, mainly due to the disadvantage of the field conditions. Fort Lewis was able to put up ten shots to Mimes one. After a few balls skipped across the watery surface and gave each a team some problems, the scoreboard would be lit up for the first time. In the 43rd minute an Oredigger foul was committed at the top of the box giving Tom Settle the direct kick. Settle lined up and fired, the ball deflected off a Mines player and went into the net the oppposite way the keeper was diving to save it. Settle's game winning goal sent the Hawks' in at the break up 1-0.

The second half played out much like most second halves do at Dirks Field; Skyhawk domination. With the starting keeper for the Orediggers on the bench with a leg injury, the Skyhawks attacked every chance they got. Fort Lewis maintained possession of the ball the majority of the second half. Jacob Juett and Drew Werth both had two shots come extremely close to goals but keeper Zane Wells  made two great saves to earn a shutout.

Fort Lewis was able to put up two more goals within two minutes of each other. In the 83rd minute Settle centered a ball into the box where Joe Barnd was able to get his head on the ball and past the keeper for the 2-0 lead. In the 85th minute, Settle received another assist after switching the ball to the left side of the field where Dimo Kyrmanidis controlled the ball then ripped a shot with his left foot from 30 yards out as it sailed by the keeper for the final goal of the match (3-0).

Fort Lewis finished the game with 21 shots as Mines fired 5 shots in the match. Manville Strand finished with one save while backup keeper Adam Midgley recorded 3 saves. RMAC Defensive Player of the Year, Zane Wells earned another shutout and tallied two saves. Settle finished the match with two assists and one goal.

Colorado Mines finishes their season with an overall record of 15-3-4 and ranked #10 in the country.

Fort Lewis is set to kickoff the 2nd Round on November 15 at 1pm at Dirks Field against West Texas A&M (15-1-2).