September 3, 2010

Soccer has offense clicking on all cylinders, dispatch Knights 4-0 in Air Force Fall Classic

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Northern Colorado women's soccer kicked off the Air Force Academy Fall Classic the right way, putting together a solid all-around performance and defeating Fairleigh Dickinson 4-0.

Although it took until the 21st minute for the Bears to get on the board with Danielle Birdsall's third goal of the season, the offense took off from there, posting two more goals before the first half was over.

After Birdsall's goal, Eryn Daniel struck in the 35th minute, putting the Bears up 2-0. Ariel Cook was credited with the assist on Daniel's first goal of the season.

Just eight minutes later, Daniel notched her second goal of the match, this time scoring off a pass from senior Brittani Knott. Northern Colorado got a late second half goal from Laura Wayland to finish up a very productive offensive night.

"I thought tonight we played good possession soccer," said Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera. "It took us 20 minutes or so to get settled down, but from there we had a couple good goals and played very well. It was nice to get ahead early and get some other players time in the second half."

Northern Colorado dominated possession throughout the entire game, getting off an impressive 19 shots while holding the Knights to just two. Goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen earned her second shutout of the season.

The Bears will finish up their stay at Air Force on Sunday, Sept. 5 with a 9:00 a.m. match against The Citadel. The Bulldogs played Air Force to a double-overtime 1-1 tie in their first match of the tournament.