The World Cup is over, but if you're still hankering for some soccer, then it's time for Saturday afternoons on the pitch.
The #1 ranked and 2009 NCAA Division II national champion Skyhawk Soccer team began its quest for a third national title on Saturday when the 2010 team faced off against former Skyhawk players in the annual alumni exhibition game.
A couple of hundred fans passed a lovely August afternoon at Dirks Field -- perhaps the most scenic soccer pitch in the world (but I'm biased) -- as the varsity squad squeaked by, 4-3, an alumni team that fielded several players from last year's and 2005's national championship teams, including former MLS player John Cunliffe.
The Skyhawks open their campaign at Colorado School of Mines on Sept. 3, and play their home-opener against rivals CSU-Pueblo at Dirks Field at 1 p.m. Sept. 19.
To get you stoked for this season, below are two videos Fort Lewis produced last Spring (and which I had the pleasure working on) to celebrate the program's second national title and the "hooligan" fans who make an afternoon at Dirks Field even more entertaining than the outstanding play already does.
Enjoy! And see you at the pitch ...
Watch a review of the 2009 National Championship season here.
Watch a humorous profile of the Skyhawk Soccer "hooligans" here.
Read Durango Herald coverage of Saturday's alumni game here.
Learn more about Skyhawks men's Soccer here.
You can purchase a DVD that includes these shorts as well as a documentary on the history of the program and more here. Sales support the Skyhawks men's Soccer program. Learn more here.