Air Force Opens 2010 With 3-0 Victory Over CSU-Pueblo
Aug. 20, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force women's soccer team opened the 2010 with a bang, downing CSU-Pueblo, 3-0, in front of a rowdy crowd of 805 Friday night at the Cadet Soccer Stadium. Freshman and Colorado Springs native Megan Dozier led the way with a pair of goals for the Falcons in her first collegiate match.
The Falcons won its season-opener for the first time since 2004 and did so in dominating fashion. The Falcons came out the gates as the aggressors and immediately took control of the game, eventually out-shooting the ThunderWolves 27-3 and 13-2 in shots on goal.
Air Force took the lead with a goal in the eighth minute by sophomore midfielder Sophia Lockerby. Junior Bridgett Murphy and sophomore Stephanie Patterson assisted on the play. Murphy was able to shake two defenders in the right corner and sent in the ball to Patterson, who redirected the ball into the middle of the box. Lockerby was then able to get to the ball in a crowded box and poke the ball past the goalkeeper for the first score.
The Falcons made it 2-0 in the 37th minute on a goal by Dozier, a product of Libert High School. Just seconds after entering the game as a substitute, Dozer took a long pass from Patterson and punched the ball past the diving goalkeeper and finding the net just inside the right post.
Air Force sealed the game up in the 86th minute as Dozier netted her second score of the game and made it a 3-0 game. Freshman Kaleigh Moses and Murphy put touches on the ball in a crowded box and put the ball past the keeper. Dozier was on the back end of the melee in the box and was in position for the easy open-goal score from five yards out.
Freshman Kelly Stambaugh, making her debut at goalkeeper, picked up the win with two saves in the shutout. Six freshmen, Leah Bratt, Loren Catchpole, Dozier, Moses, Stambaugh and Rachele Szall made their Falcon debuts.
Air Force returns to action Sunday, Aug. 22, at Northern Colorado. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.