Colorado Beats Air Force, 3-2 in Women's Soccer
A problem that has plagued the Air Force women's soccer team all season has been finding a way to score. That same enigma troubled the Falcons again as Colorado defeated Air Force, 3-2, in a non-conference women's soccer match Wednesday afternoon at the Cadet Soccer Stadium.
The Buffs scored two quick goals in the first half and then held on for the one-goal victory. In the 16th minute, Buff senior Melissa Cartmell scored from Jessica Wollow for a 1-0 lead. Nine minutes later, Meghan Swanzy scored her second goal of the season. She collected a rebound off of an Air Force defender and scored from 10 yards out for a 2-0 lead.
The Falcons controlled the tempo early in the second half and had several chances to score. Sophomore midfielder Billie Rothwell scored in the 46th minute to cut the CU lead to 2-1. Fellow midfielder Wendy Emminger fired a shot off the cross bar and Rothwell buried the rebound for her second goal of the season. Air Force hit the post three times in the second half, including two in the first 10 minutes of the half. After Rothwell's goal, the Buffs quickly answered on Cartmell's second goal of the game.
Her third goal of the season was assisted by Sarah Nowfel. With nine minutes left, senior forward Becky Wyffels ripped a shot from just inside the 18 that bounced off the crossbar. The Falcons got within one goal in the final minute of play as Stephanie Rader netted her team-high fourth goal of the season. Beth Boyer controlled the ball in the center of the box and passed to Rader on the right wing who went high to make the score 3-2.
The shot totals from the game also tell the story. Colorado had 15 total shot attempts with eight on goal. Air Force had 19 total attempts, but just six on goal. The Falcons out-shot the Buffs, 14-6, in the second half, but put just four of those shots on frame.
Air Force fell to 1-5-1 overall and has now lost four in a row. CU won its third straight match and improved to 3-3-0 overall this season.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the University of
Denver. Colorado hosts Colorado College, Friday, Sept. 15.