COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Unbeaten Colorado College scored a pair of insurance goals in the second half to hand Army a 3-0 defeat and capture the Falcon Women’s Soccer Invitational Sunday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (6-0-1), picked third in Conference USA’s preseason poll, scored five goals winning the tournament with a 2-0 mark. Denver, defeating host Air Force, 2-1, the final day after bowing 2-1 to Colorado College in OT in the opener, finished second with a 1-1 mark.
Lauren Talbot scored off a header in the 35th minute for all the scoring needed as Colorado College outshot the Black Knights 13-4 in the first half.
Army had three shots on goal in the first half within the first 20 minutes of action with freshman Deanna Clegg firing the first shot of the game just 46 seconds into the match. Caroline Miller and Pia White shots were also rejected by starting keeper Geneva Sills.
The Tigers, who also held an 8-1 corner kick advantage, got off just six shots in the second half to Army’s three. Ericka Baer scored the insurance goal in the 59th minute, while the final goal of the game was a penalty kick conversion by Molly Uyenishi.
Army’s hopes of averting the shutout was nixed by reserve keeper Caitlin Hulyo on freshman’s Erringer Helbling’s attempt in the 82nd minute, while her shot four minutes later went wide right.
Black Knight goalkeeper Alex Lostetter made five saves, three in the first half, playing 67 minutes with Brittany Fearnside finishing up the game.
Army, in the midst of a seven-game road stretch, will be closer to home next week when it participate in its fourth straight weekend tournament in Albany, N.Y., as part of the field for the Governor’s Cup.
NOTES: Army had four freshmen in its starting lineup since the season's start ... the Black Knights suffered their second blanking of the season in the loss to Colorado College ... the eight corner kicks by Air Force and Colorado College were the most against Army this season ... Coach Gene Ventrigilia will be kept busy on Friday attending the game at 3 p.m. against host Albany at the Governor's Cup Challenge, then rushing back to West Point to watch former star Alexis Albano be inducted into the Army Hall of Fame.