USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force women's soccer (7-8-3, 4-4-3 MW) dropped a tough 4-3 contest in blizzard snow conditions to Colorado College (6-9-4, 3-6-2 MW) in Mountain West action Thursday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons allowed three unanswered second-half goals as the Tigers rallied back from a 3-1 deficit for the win.
Katie McDonald's second goal of the night, coming in the 71st minute put Colorado College up 4-3.
The loss spoiled a hot start to the match for the Falcons, which included a pair of goals by junior Kaitlyn Cook. Cook scored in the 11th and 31st minutes to get Air Force ahead 2-0. Cook's first shot came from 35 yards out down the left sideline, as she curved a shot to the right post for the score. Cook scored from 25 yards out on the second goal. Senior Kaylee Shalongo assisted on the second goal.
The Tigers responded with a goal by Clara Richter in the 31st minute. Air Force made it 3-1 just minutes later as freshman Jessica Groen scored her first goal of her career in the 33rd. Senior Angela Karamanos was credited with the assist.
Playing with the wind at their backs, Colorado College was able to score three second-half goals to rally. McDonald scored in the 51st and Lauren Milliet tied the match up with a goal in the 70th.
"It was a tough night for the Falcons," Air Force head coach Larry Friend said. "I'm proud of the way we tried to overcome the conditions. Unfortunately for us, Colorado College had one more goal than us. My hats off to them finishing off their season strong. We're hoping for some positive results tomorrow so maybe we can catch a flight to Las Vegas for the tournament."
Air Force had 12 shots on the night. Cook and Karamanos led the Falcon with three shots each. Junior Jennifer Hiddink posted seven saves in goal. Her 87 saves in conference play set a new Mountain West record.
The snow and wind played a factor in the match all night. The entire first-half featured constant snowfall, often-time seeming to come down sideways due to the wind. The snowfall stopped in the second-half, but the wind continued to blow at gusts of 20 miles per hour.
The Falcons need some help to qualify for the Mountain West Championship. The Falcons will only qualify if Boise State defeats Utah State tomorrow. The top six teams in conference play advance to the MW Championships, Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Las Vegas, Nev.