GSHS alumnus adds to CMC’s woes |

GSHS alumnus adds to CMC’s woes

Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox CMC Eagle Jon Swanson (6) challenges a Fort Lewis College opponent during Sunday's Colorado Mountain Cup Invitational Tournament. CMC's Strider Patton, left, backs up the play. Fort Lewis won the game, 9-0.

Phil Clauson had a good homecoming this weekend. While making a weekend visit as a member of the Fort Lewis men’s soccer team, the 2002 Glenwood Springs High School graduate scored his first goal of the season and added to Colorado Mountain College’s frustrations.”It feels great,” Clauson said of returning to his hometown after wrapping up a 9-0 win over the Eagles, which advanced Fort Lewis to the small-school division championship game of the Colorado Mountain Cup Tournament.

“We came to kick some butt and have a good time,” Clauson said.The good times fizzled out for the Skyhawks in the championship game. Salt Lake Community College, the other semifinalist in the six-team tournament, defeated Fort Lewis, 2-1, in the titlte game in overtime.On Sunday morning, Clauson’s second-half score after an Eagles violation on a Fort Lewis attacker in the penalty box gave the visitors a 5-0 lead and effectively put the game in the icebox.”It was good,” Clauson said of his penalty kick goal. But, he credited his teammates for making the play happen.”We all worked hard for it,” he said. “We’ve got some guys that are always up top and are scoring goals. But, we definitely pass (the ball) around.”

The Skyhawks also were playing against a tired Eagles squad, which was minus six starters, and had only 13 players on on hand for Sunday’s semifinal game.Skyhawk Tom Drinnin netted both of Fort Lewis’ first-half scores.In the second half, the ‘Hawks rattled seven goals past three CMC goalkeepers.The rout was complete by the 61st minute after the Skyhawks opened a 5-0 margin, which included Clauson’s goal.

“We keep trying to accomplish as much as we can individually and as a team. But, when you take six starters out of 11.””That takes you out of balance,” said CMC coach Steve White.”As a first-year program, we have some growing pains,” White said of the Eagles, who finished 1-2 in tournament play. “We’re in a learning curve in a lot of things.”On Saturday, CMC dropped a 5-1 decision to Salt Lake Community College and earned a 2-1 victory over Central Wyoming Community College.

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