Air Force Drops 1-0 Affair With Ball State In Double Overtime
Sept. 15, 2013
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - It a game that featured a 45 minute lightning delay and a mid-game site change, it was only fitting that there would be a dramatic finish. Ball State scored with 22 seconds left in double-overtime to pull out a 1-0 win over Air Force on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the Academy.
After 25 minutes of play, the match was halted due to lightning at the Cadet Soccer Stadium. The game was moved to the Holaday Athletic Center (HAC) where the two teams resumed playing nearly 45 minutes later.
In a back-and-forth scramble, it was Ball State (5-2) that pulled out the dramatics in the second overtime period. With 109:38 on the clock, Ball State's Nicole Pembleton was able to score the game winning goal. Elaina Musleh sent in a pass from midfield to Pembleton, who shot from the right corner of the box. The ball glanced off the top of goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh's hands and had enough top spin on it to bounce into the net.
It was a tough loss for Air Force, which had 17 shots on the day to Ball State's 15. The Falcons held a 7-1 advantage on corner kicks, having several close misses.
Air Force, at 1-5-1 on the season, hosts its final non-conference match next Sunday, Sept. 22 against Drexel. Kickoff is 11 a.m.