COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Senior co-captain Coco Miller scored unassisted just 2:31 into the game to give Army a quick 1-0 lead over host Air Force, but the Falcons responded with three unanswered goals to defeat the Black Knights, 3-1, in the opening round of the Falcon Invitational.
The loss snapped Army’s modest two-game win as the Black Knights slipped to 4-2, while Air Force improved to 2-4 following its second straight win at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
Miller’s 25-yard floater off a free kick went over starting Air Force keeper’s Erin Wallace’s head less than three minutes into the match. The goal was the first for the Army defender and fastest goal scored this season, breaking freshman Dymon Washington’s mark of 3:19 set last week against Southeast Missouri State
The Falcons turned the game around with a pair of freak goals in the first half to pull in front 2-1 at the break. The equalizer by Krystin Shanklin hit the left post and ricocheted into the net at the 32:57 mark, while a gust of wind aided the tie breaker. A shot by Bridgett Murphy was punched away by Army starting keeper Alex Lostetter. The ball went over the goal, but the wind caught it, knocked it down and into the net.
Air Force outshot Army 7-3 in the first half and 13-7 in the second half for a 20-10 overall margin, along with holding an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Dymon Washington took five of Army’s 10 shots and her two shots on goal came within a six-minute span in the second half for the lone saves recorded by reserve keeper Ashlee Curtis.
Lostetter, who had four saves along with being touched for two goals, turned over the net to freshman Monica Lee for the final 34 minutes. She pulled up six saves along with yielding a late goal.
The Falcons’ final tally was a header by Ron Yadlin off a corner kick as Air Force posted its first win over Army since 2005, while closing the gap in the series to trail the Black Knights 7-6-1.
Army will look to rebound Sunday when it faces unbeaten Colorado College in a final round game at the invitational. The Tigers stand 5-0-1 after beating Denver (3-1-1), 2-1 in double overtime.
NOTES: This is just the second time that Army and Air Force have played in Colorado Springs where the series is tied at 1-1 ... the Black Knights took a 1-0 overtime victory over the Falcons in the first meeting there in 1993 ... the Falcon Invitational was originally scheduled for Friday but heavy rain in the area forced the games to be postponed to Saturday ... the Black Knights are back in action Sunday ... first time this season that a freshman has not been involved in Army’s scoring ... the Black Knights have three games under their belts in a seven-game road stretch which ends Sept. 26 at Marist.