Overtime Penalty Kick Hands Air Force a 2-1 Victory Over Boise State...
Parks scores second goal of season.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (8/27/2010) - Erica Parks' 64th minute goal was not enough to lift Boise State to a victory at Air Force as the Falcons rallied with two late unanswered goals for the win Friday night in Colorado. Air Force scored the game-tying goal late in regulation to force overtime then won the match with a 106th minute penalty kick. Boise State moves to 1-2 on the year while Air Force improves to 2-1.
The first half saw limited scoring opportunities for either team, the few that did occur were denied by the keepers. Air Force opened strong placing both of its first half shots on goal at the Boise State net within the first seven minutes. Bronco keeper Liz Ruiz stopped both Falcon chances early to keep the game scoreless.
Boise State picked up its pressure as the half wound down taking four shots, two on goal, in the final 15 minutes before the break. The first Bronco shot on goal came from freshman Tylyn Hughes just moments after entering the contest in the 32nd minute. The second was by sophomore Erica Parks in the 40th minute. Unfortunately neither beat the Falcon keeper, Kelly Stambaugh, as the teams went into halftime in a scoreless draw.
Boise State opened the second period by forcing the action into the Falcon defensive half. Sophomore Brianne Favatella had two chances to give the Broncos a lead in the 50th and 52nd minutes but was denied by Air Force's Stambaugh each time.
The Broncos opened the scoring in the 64th minute when Erica Parks attacked the Falcon goal. She fired a shot that was initially blocked by the keeper. The deflection went right back to Parks who then beat Stambaugh for the goal and a 1-0 Boise State lead. It was Parks' second goal of the season.
Two minutes later down one, Air Force attempted to pull even in the 66th minute. Fortunately for Boise State Ruiz was there to deny the Bridgett Murphy shot preserving the 1-0 Bronco advantage. Ruiz followed that by turning away a Kaleigh Moses scoring chance four minutes later in the 70th.
Megan Dozier evened the score up for Air Force late in regulation when she scored off a Leah Bratt pass in the 84th minute. Dozier beat Ruiz when she sent a shot from 15 yards out into the left corner to force overtime.
Air Force's Eryn Avjian nearly won the game for the Falcons in the first minute of overtime but her shot was stopped by Ruiz.
Boise State had its chances as well in the first overtime period with Parks firing a shot on target in the 96th minute followed by Chelsea Robinson with a chance in the 98th. Unfortunately, Stambaugh was equal to the task both times for Air Force to force a second extra period.
The decisive play of the match came midway through the final overtime period when Air Force's Krystin Shanklin was fouled in the Bronco penalty box in the 106th minute. Shanklin stepped up for the PK sending it past Ruiz for the game-winner at the 105:25 mark.
Next up for Boise State is a Sunday afternoon encounter at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, kick-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. (Mountain). Colorado College opened the season with a 1-0 overtime win this afternoon against Dayton in Colorado Springs.
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