Air Force Women's Soccer Upsets Army, 2-1, at Toys For Tots Tournament
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- In a heated service academy showdown that featured three cautions and a wild finish, the Air Force women's soccer team upset Army, 2-1, in the opening match at the Toys for Tots Tournament at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. With the win, the Falcons improve to 3-3-1 on the season, while the Black Knights fall to 5-2-0.
With the scored tied 1-1 after Army tied the match at the 75:21 mark on a penalty kick, Air Force freshman Katherine Taylor scored the go-ahead goal just 22 seconds later at the 75:43 mark as the Falcons hung on for the win.
The win was a huge one for Air Force, as it knocked off an Army team that entered the weekend ranked 6th in the NSCAA Northeast Regional Poll and 11th in the SoccerBuzz.com Northeast Regional Poll.
The Falcons took an early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute on a goal by senior midfielder Meredith Benson.
Junior Brittney Perkowski sent a pass from the right side near the end line to the far post, which was tipped away by Army goalkeeper Rebecca Garcia. Benson then fired off a shot from the rebound, which hit a defender. The ball game right back to Benson, who blasted a second shot from 18 yards out to the left side for the goal.
The two teams played the next 57 minutes without a score until the Black Knights tied the match up on the penalty kick in the 75th minute. Army's Pia White was dragged down from behind in the box, setting up the PK situation. Delaney Brown took the shot for the Knights and got the ball past Falcon goalkeeper Jennifer Drew on a shot to the lower right corner.
Air Force came back immediately as Taylor netted the golden goal just 22 seconds later. The Falcons sent in a cross from the left side that Army's Garcia mishandled. Taylor was there for the rebound and launched the game-winner from 18 yards out.
The Falcons had one more scoring opportunity, but failed to capitalize. Freshman forward Kristen Wolverton was dragged down in the box leading to a penalty kick for Air Force. Perkowski took the kick for the Falcons but her shot to the left side was stopped by Garcia.
The Falcons and Black Knights both got 12 shots off, with AFA committing 18 fouls to USMA's 12. Perkowski and Drew received caution cards for the Falcons, while Leight Kosco was awarded a caution for the Knights.
Air Force returns to action this Sunday (Sept. 18), taking on tourney host St. Louis at 1:30 p.m. back at Hermann Stadium. Live stats will be available for the game at airforcesports.com or slubillikens.com.