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Bears top Falcons 2-0

August 22, 2010 | 8:39 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

In their home opener, the University of Northern Colorado used two first-half goals to put away Air Force 2-0.

Northern Colorado seemed to be in control for most of the game, allowing the Falcons just one shot on goal for the game and outshooting Air Force 17-5.

The Bears got on the board in the 29th minute when Kimmie Feidler headed home a cross from Janelle Kramer. The second goal for Northern Colorado came on a penalty kick in the 36th minute after Air Force committed a foul inside its own penalty area. Ariel Cook knocked in the penalty kick past Kelly Stambaugh.

Just minutes later, Northern Colorado was presented with another great scoring opportunity when Air Force’s Meagan Eissele was ejected after being booked for a red card. The Bears were awarded another penalty kick, but freshman Brittany Dunn was denied by Stambaugh.

“The team played really well in the first-half today,” said Northern Colorado head coach Tim Barrera. “I thought we came out and attacked well. I felt we were more athletic than Air Force and thought we could definitely wear them down in the hot weather.”

While the Falcons had only 10 players for the second-half, the Bears were unable to put away another goal, but did manufacture a couple good opportunities when Brittani Knott had two shots that sailed just above the crossbar.

“It always feels good to beat an instate-rival like Air Force and the two wins right out of the gate give us a lot of confidence going into Friday’s game against Idaho,” said Barrera. “Idaho is a team, like us, that has improved steadily over the last few years and should give us a pretty good challenge.”

Northern Colorado’s next game will be at Jackson Field on Friday when they take on the Vandals.

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