The No. 1-ranked Fort Lewis College mens soccer team needed a spark after uncharacteristically dropping its opener to No. 18 Colorado Mines on Friday in Golden, a loss which equaled the teams total from the entire 2009 national championship season.
Whatever was missing offensively in that 1-nil defeat, the Skyhawks found it Sunday.
Taking on No. 11 West Texas A&M in the second of two season-opening games in Golden, Fort Lewis scored three times in the games first 26 minutes to set up a 4-1 victory.
I think we got over our championship hangover from Friday and played a lot better (Sunday), head coach Oige Kennedy said.
Defender Fabian Kling opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a goal on a free kick from 20 yards out.
Ten minutes later, Casey Dean took a Joey Madigan feed and headed it into the back of the net. Just two minutes later, a beautiful back-heel pass from Thomas Hoang found Dean, who promptly buried the feed for his second goal and a 3-0 FLC lead.
Dean with his goals his work rate was superb (Sunday), Kennedy said. He played probably his best game at Fort Lewis (Sunday).
After West Texas A&M got on the board in the 55th minute, Madigans left-footed strike off a feed from Keane Hamilton buried itself in the top corner of the net for the games final goal.
A four-goal performance is something Kennedy hopes will quell any discussion about a lack of offense.
A lot of people are worried about goal scoring for us, he said. With the alumni game and the game against UNM (New Mexico) and (Sunday), weve got (11) goals already.
Kennedy was quick to point out a strong defensive performance from the back line of Kling, Kyle Wood, Jamie Cunningham and Berekk Blackwell in holding a West Texas A&M team that was coming off a 12-goal performance to a single goal.
Nate Bell made the most of his chance in net, earning his first victory of the season. Bell was called into action with Kamran Khyltash out because of an illness.
Well have to reassess things this week and see where were at going into next weekends games, Kennedy said about his goalkeeping situation heading into games at Truman State and Columbia College on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
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