Women's soccer drops two conference road games
USAFA, Colo. -- Life on the road has not been kind to the Falcon women's soccer team.
When Air Force saw eight-straight road games on the schedule, including the first three conference games, it knew that would be a difficult task. With one more road game left in the stretch, the Falcons will certainly be glad to get home.
The Falcons fell to 2-11-1 on the season as the team dropped its first two conference games of the season. San Diego State got the weekend off to a rough start with a 1-0 win over the Falcons, Oct. 6, in San Diego. UNLV then handed the Falcons their second conference loss with a 3-1 victory, Oct. 8, in Las Vegas. Air Force is now 1-6 on the road streak and has won just one of its last 12 matches.
In the conference opener for both teams, SDSU's Nicole Findlay scored a goal in the 21st minute and the Aztecs held on for the 1-0 win. San Diego State out-shot the Falcons, 4-1 in the first half and 10-3 in the game. Falcon goalkeeper Kristy Kuhlman kept the Falcons alive with nine saves, including two diving saves that stopped two Aztec golden opportunities.
UNLV posted its school-record ninth win of the season as the Rebels came from behind for a 3-1 win over the Falcons, Oct. 8. AFA's Beth Boyer got the Falcons on the board in the 11th minute with an unassisted goal. Her blast from just in the 18 was her fourth goal of the season. The Rebels answered nine minutes later to tie the score a 1-1. Four minutes later, the Rebels took a lead that they would never relinquish. Janae Sims, the conference player of the week last week, scored an unassisted goal in the 24th minute. The Rebels added another goal in the 65th minute to make up the final margin. The Falcons again had trouble putting away scoring chances as AFA out-shot UNLV, 21-16 overall and 11-10 on goal.
The eight-game road streak ends this weekend as the team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to face the New Mexico Lobos, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. Air Force returns home Oct. 19 to face conference front-runner and nationally-ranked Brigham Young University.