USAFA, Colo. – Seattle University women’s soccer fell, 3-2, at Air Force Friday evening. Seniors Rachel Bowler and Holly Rothering both scored their first goals of the season in the non-conference match at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
"When we're ready to play, we're capable of playing with any team," said Coach Julie Woodward. "When we aren't ready to play, we make it hard on ourselves. I credit Air Force for being prepared and taking advantage when they had chances."
The hosts scored early, but Seattle U (4-4-1) quickly settled after that and began to gain control of the action. The Redhawks’ defense tightened and started to initiate offense moving the other direction. A strong passing combination led to a Gabe Jillings shot that was turned away by Air Force midway through the half.
A few minutes later, Bowler made a dash through the Falcon defense and fired from 20 yard out. Her low shot beat the AFA goalkeeper on the right side to even the match in the 22nd minute.
Seattle U kept pressing the Falcon backline, maintaining possession for stretches as the half continued on. Madison Waguespack tallied a pair of first-half saves to keep the contest tied.
Both teams created chances in the second frame, with each side hitting the crossbar and just missing on solid opportunities to take the lead. The home team found a go-ahead goal and then tacked on an insurance goal in the closing minutes. Olivia Ovenell set up a Rothering goal in the final seconds, but time ran out on a potential rally.
Waguespack collected five saves on the night. SU held a 6-3 advantage on corner kicks.
The Redhawks return home on Thursday, Sept. 26, to face Loyola Marymount. Kickoff is slated at 3 p.m. at Championship Field. Before the match, SU will honor the 2018 WAC Championship team with a ring presentation ceremony.