Mountain Lions Head to Durango to Take on No. 12 Fort Lewis

By Kelsey Helgeson published October 10, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- The University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's soccer team (6-3, 3-3 RMAC) is headed West for a huge matchup against nationally ranked No. 12 Fort Lewis College (9-1, 5-1) on Friday.

The Mountain Lions will look to get back on track after suffering a series of tough one goal losses. The unbeaten and No. 5 ranked Colorado School of Mines (9-0-1, 6-0) handed UCCS their first loss of the season in a 1-0 overtime decision. The Mountain Lions then dropped a 2-1 loss to RMAC foe Regis University (3-5-1, 1-4-1), followed by their most recent bout with Colorado Mesa (5-5, 4-2) which ended in a 3-2 loss with just minutes left in regulation.

The Skyhawks of Fort Lewis are currently riding a three game winning streak in which they have outscored opponents 8-1. The only blemish to their record in 2013 has been a 2-0 shutout loss on the road against Western State (4-5-1, 1-4-1).

Junior forward Sam Weiss champions the Skyhawks offense. A 2012 Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention and 2013 RMAC Preseason Player of the Year honoree, Weiss has already racked up 15 points this season off of seven goals and one assist. She has three game winning goals for the Skyhawks and recently posted a hatrick against CSU-Pueblo.

Caitlyn Espinosa has been near perfect between the pipes for the Skyhawks as she has recorded seven shutouts and eight wins in nine games played. She has only allowed three goals this season to lead a Fort Lewis defense that is ranked No. 10 in the nation for GAA, No. 11 for Shutout percentage, and No. 15 for save percentage.

The last regular season meeting between the teams was one for the books when UCCS forward Hannah Levett scored in the 97th minute to grant the Mountain Lions the 1-0 overtime win in Durango. The 1-0 win marked the first in program history over Fort Lewis. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Schroeder made two saves to earn the shutout.

One month later Fort Lewis earned their revenge when they eliminated UCCS in the quarterfinals of the RMAC conference tournament at Mountain Lion Stadium by a mark of 2-0.

Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Dirks Field in Durango, Colo.

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