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Mavericks fall to road warriors

September 22, 2010 | 10:08 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

No. 12-ranked Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team defeated Mesa State College 2-0 Wednesday as Elena Benavides and Emma Cannis provided the scoring punch.

“Mesa’s good — much better than their record (2-4-1 overall, 0-3-0 in the RMAC),” said head coach Damian Clarke.  ”They had the run of the game for long periods of the first half.”

Still, the opportunistic Skyhawks (6-1-0, 2-1-0) turned a pretty passing play into a goal in the 15th minute when Benavides found the back of the net off a pass from Erika Shisler. Sara Egbom set up the play and was also credited with an assist.

“The first goal was fantastic,” said Clarke. “We only had one, maybe two good movements in the first half.”

Cannis added insurance in the 76th minute on a goal that was assisted by Shisler — her fourth helper in as many games. Benavides also factored into the play, dummying Shisler’s pass.

Christine Schmelzle made four saves to notch her fourth shutout of the season and received help throughout the match from a strong defense.

Goalkeeper Alicia Kahler stopped four shots for Mesa State.

After five straight road games, the Skyhawks return to the friendly confines of Dirks Field for home contests against UC-Colorado Springs at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Adams State at 1 p.m. Sunday. Mesa State hosts Adams State in Grand Junction on Friday and UCCS on Sunday.

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