Cougar Soccer Gets On Track In Second Half, Beats Air Force

Oct. 5, 2001

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --- Washington State freshman Regina McGee scored her first career goal six minutes into the second half to give the Cougars a 1-0 victory over the Air Force Academy.

WSU, playing its fourth consecutive game away from Pullman, outshot the Falcons 19 to 16. The Cougars were bolstered by the return of senior goalkeeper Lindsey Jorgensen, who missed matches against Gonzaga and Portland State, but returned to make seven saves Friday and record her 17th career shutout.

'We had most of the run of play but couldn't stick our chances,' WSU head coach Dan Tobias said. 'We didn't create very many quality chances in the first half, but we had some good opportunities at the beginning of the second half.'

One of those opportunities was provided by sophomore Shay Hobby, who was credited with the assist to McGee on the only goal of the match. McGee gathered the ball 25 yards out and beat two defenders for the score. It was only McGee's fifth-career shot.

The timing of the goal was encouraging for Tobias, who has seen his team score 11 first half goals, but only five in the second half of matches. The Cougars have only given up eight goals all season, each of them in the second half.

Air Force's best scoring opportunity came with just three minutes remaining, when a Falcon penalty kick sailed over the crossbars and out of danger.

'We definitely had some chances but just didn't stick them,' Tobias reiterated. 'We held on at the end and got a good result at high altitude in tough conditions.'

The Cougars have now won four of their last five matches. WSU continues its road trip Sunday against the University of New Mexico at Noon.

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