No. 3 Skyhawks too much for UCCS
COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Paul Sanchez had a goal and an assist for the No. 3-ranked Fort Lewis Skyhawks as they defeated the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 5-0 Sunday afternoon at Mountain Lion Stadium.
â€œA big thing for us today is we came out extremely flat,â€ said UCCS coach Henry Ellis. â€œYou do that against a No. 3 team in the nation, youâ€TMre never going to be able to recover from it.â€
The Skyhawks struck early in the first half with a goal by Keane Hamilton off of crossing pass by Byron Cephers just 2:09 into the match.
Sanchez got his goal with 26:53 remaining in the first half by way of a pass from Tom Settle to make it 2-0.
Less than two minutes later, Sanchez got his assist when he sent a ball to Euan Purcell who broke away and got the goal.
â€œIt was a battle out there,â€ said Bettner. â€œThey came out strong.â€
With 4:13 remaining in the first half after a UCCS (4-9-2, 2-5-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) foul, the Skyhawksâ€TM (11-1-3, 7-0-3 RMAC) Sam Morris free kicked it to Jamie Cunningham to close it out 4-0.
â€œWe've got to play hard the entire 90 minutes,â€ said Senior Jeff Bettner. â€œWe played hard for a while, but they slipped through a couple times.â€
The Mountain Lions tightened up in the second half, allowing the final goal with 1:40 remaining in the game by Joseph Brandt from a crossing pass by Thomas Hoang to end the game 5-0.
"The second half, it was a different team," said Ellis, "but youâ€TMre not going to battle against the No. 3 team in the nation like that."
Sean Miller (0-2) had five save for the Mountain Lions. Zane Wells (10-1-3) had four saves to earn the win.
â€œThe guys played tough,â€ said Bettner, â€œand hopefully it will get us ready for Regis on Friday.â€
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