Fort Lewis beats ENMU in soccer opener

CNJ staff

DURANGO, Colo. — Freshman forwards Hayley Hollenga and Sara Egbom each scored a pair of goals Thursday as Fort Lewis defeated Eastern New Mexico University 5-2 in the women’s soccer season opener for both teams.

The Skyhawks outshot ENMU 25-4 overall and 17-4 on goal. Fort Lewis opened a 3-1 halftime lead with two goals late in the half.

After Hollenga scored just under two minutes into the contest, ENMU freshman forward Hannah Dozier got the equalizer midway through the half. Hollenga scored less than five minutes later and Egbom, who played at Albuquerque’s Hope Christian, added her first goal with about 12 1/2 minutes remaining in the half.

Redshirt freshman Alicia Cunningham scored with just under 20 minutes left to pull the Zias to 4-2 before Egbom’s second goal finished off the scoring with less than three minutes remaining.

Senior midfielder Kelly Smith was credited with a pair of assists for the Skyhawks, while Hollenga had an assist on Egbom’s first goal. The Zias were not credited with assists on either of their goals.

Both teams play Montana State-Billings this weekend in Durango, the Zias facing the Yellowjackets on Saturday and the Skyhawks playing them on Sunday.