Aug 23, 2013
MISSOULA, Mont. - Air Force women's soccer battled Montana to a 1-1 tie in both teams' season-opener Friday night at the Montana Kickoff Invite. The Falcons 0-0-1 rallied with a tying score by freshman Noelle Heiser in the 67th minute.
After playing to a scoreless draw in the first half of play, the Falcons found themselves down 1-0 when the Grizzlies scored in the 62nd minute. Ashley Robertson scored on a header off a corner kick from Mary Makris.
The Falcons fought back with the tying goal by Heiser just five minutes later. Just two minutes upon entering the match in reserve, Heiser took a cross pass from fellow freshman Ashley Greco, redirecting into the net for the score.
After the tying score, the two teams dueled to a scoreless regulation, including both overtimes. Air Force had 11 shots in the match, three on goal. Montana had 14 shots, seven on goal. Senior Leah Bratt and sophomore Ally Swift led AFA with two shots.
Senior Kelly Stambaugh had six saves in goal for the Falcons.
Seventeen Falcons saw their first action of the season. Eight freshmen made their AFA debuts, including four starters.
Air Force returns to action Sunday, against former conference rival TCU, which lost 4-3 to Wyoming in the opening match of the day. Kickoff is 10:30 a.m.