Falcons Falter To New Mexico
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force women's soccer team's late-rally fell short, as New Mexico escaped with a 2-1 win in a chilly Mountain West Conference match, Sunday afternoon at the Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons fall to 4-14-1 on the season and are 0-6-0 in MWC play, New Mexico improves to 5-6-4, 2-3-1.
The two teams played scoreless ball for almost the entire first period until Alanna Abeyta scored in the 43rd minute to give New Mexico an early 1-0 lead. Air Force goalkeeper Erin Wallace made a nice diving stop of Kristine Sweat's shot but Abeyta was able to get to the deflected ball and clean up with the goal.
The Lobos made it a 2-0 match in the 75th minute, as Kellee Hafner was able to get to a ball that was deflected off a Falcon defender and curled a ball from 20 yards out, by the right corner of the box, over Wallace's reach for the goal.
For the second match in a row, Air Force made a late-game surge to make things interesting. Ashley Parker made it a 2-1 game by scoring her first career goal off a long free kick. Parker took a free kick from just behind the center line, and aided by the wet grass caused by the foggy and misty weather, the ball took a big hop off the grass and bounded over the reach of UNM keeper Kristen Winter for the score.
The Falcons had a couple more opportunities to score, but time ran out on their last second run.
New Mexico out-shot Air Force 12-9 overall and 9-3 on goal. Katherine Taylor had four shots for the Falcons and Wallace had five saves. Defender Alison Wood played well defensively for the Falcons, saving two shots in front of the net as well.
The Falcons wrap-up the 2005 regular season next Friday, Oct. 28, playing host to Wyoming at 3 p.m. Prior to the match, the Falcons will honor their three seniors as part of senior day festivities.