USAF ACADEMY, Colo. — The University of New Mexico women’s soccer team had its chances against fellow second-place squad Air Force, but the Lobos couldn’t find the back of the net as they fell to the Falcons 1-0 Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
The Lobos (9-6 overall, 4-3 Mountain West) outshot Air Force (7-4-3, 4-0-3) 17-12 – including 11-5 on shots on goal – but tallied a goal while the Falcons took advantage of one of their five shots on frame.
“Air Force played really well tonight and both teams created a lot of great chances,” UNM coach Heather Dyche said. “We need to capitalize on ours better heading into Sunday.”
The Lobos take on Colorado College on noon Sunday in Colorado Springs – a Tiger team that defeated San Diego State 2-1 on Friday night. The loss drops the Lobos into at least a tie for third (if UNLV wins the late Friday night game against Fresno State, UNM will drop to fourth) with 12 points. UNM is four points back of San Jose State (5-1-1, 16 points) and three behind Air Force (15 points) while remaining a point ahead of San Diego State and Boise State (both 3-2-2 for 11 points).
Air Force scored the lone goal of the game in the 70th minute on a breakaway when Kaylee Shalongo dropped it to her right just inside the penalty box and Erin Speer knocked it into the bottom-left corner with UNM keeper Emily Johnson charging.
UNM had its best chance for the equalizer in the 87th minute when Claire Lynch in the middle of the field found Jessica Nelson sprinting down the left side in the penalty box. Nelson put a good foot on it, but it hit the outside of the post to keep the Lobos behind, 1-0.