Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Fort Lewis

November 14, 2009. Durango, CO – On a cold snowy day at Dirks Field, the Fort Lewis Women’s soccer team took on Colorado School of Mines in the second round of the NCAA Tournament earlier this afternoon. Just like all season long, the Skyhawks worked extremely hard and fought all the way till the last second of the match, but unfortunately fell to the Orediggers (19-4-0) 2-1 ending their tremendous season with an 18-3-3 record.

The Orediggers got on the scoreboard first in the 8th minute when Kayla Mitchell sent in a corner kick finding Allison Heeg who was able to slip it past Fort Lewis goalkeeper Christine Schmelzle for a 1-0 lead.

The Skyhawks kept their heads up and found the back of the net themselves. Elena Benavides found Hayley Hollenga in the box and beat the Orediggers goalkeeper Briana Schulze tying the game.

Coming out of halftime 1-1 the Skyhawks and Orediggers continued to battle it out in the frigid cold. In the 40th minute Mitchell was able to put the Orediggers up 2-1 when she was able to find the back of the net after miscommunication between the Skyhawk defense.

FLC out cornered CSM 13-3 and out shot them 18-13 but was unable to find the back of the net one more time. Hollenga and Sam Smith each led the Skyhawks with 4 shots apiece while Mitchell recorded 8 shots for the Orediggers. Schmelzle made 1 save on the day as Schulze was forced to make nine.

The Skyhawks end their season 18-3-3 overall as Mines advances on to the third round where they will await the outcome of the Metro State and Minnesota-Duluth game tomorrow.

The Skyhawks made a fantastic run this season winning the RMAC Tournament for the third time in four years, senior defender Nichole Kluk received RMAC Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach Damian Clarke was named RMAC Coach of the Year and were ranked. The Skyhawks also earned their highest national ranking in FLC history at 11th.  Seniors Smith, Kluk, Jess Otero, Jamie MacArthur, and Sam Scales all put in an extreme amount of time and effort into making the women’s program where it is today and will be greatly missed.