BOULDER-The University of Colorado women's soccer team beat the Air Force Academy 2-1 in a home exhibition match Sunday at Prentup Field, kicking off the 2010-11 athletics season for the Buffaloes.
Head coach Bill Hempen not only experimented during Sunday's matchup by starting four freshmen, but he was constantly rotating everyone throughout the game.
"(Versatility) is what I expect from our players," said Hempen. "Hayley Hughes can play left back, right back, center forward, and Alex Dohm started the game as forward and finished as defender. I just love that stuff because you never know what you're going to need in any situation."
Freshmen Anne Stuller said the exhibition match was a way for the freshmen to transition from playing at the high school level to playing at the collegiate level.
"It just helps us get our feet on the ground and get settled emotionally and physically, and hopefully lets us know we can play out here," said Stuller.
Anne Stuller contributed an assist on Amanda Foulk's goal in her CU debut.
Photo Courtesy Chip Bromfield, ProMotion, Ltd.
Quickly after senior Amanda Foulk rotated into the game, she teamed up with Stuller to put CU on the scoreboard in the 29th minute. Stuller kicked the ball between the defense to Foulk who made a sharp shot past the goalie into the lower right corner of the goal.
In addition to her assist, Stuller led the team with four shots, two of which were on goal.
The Buffs held onto a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Air Force scored its first goal during the 62nd minute of the game with an unassisted goal by forward Stephanie Patterson. Patterson made her way down the right side of the field past the Colorado defense where she put the ball in the back of the net.
Colorado secured the win just seven minutes after the Air Force goal at 68:17 when Kate Russell sent the ball to Kym Lowry on the left sideline. Lowry passed the ball to Erin Bricker who buried it in the lower right corner of the goal.
"[Lowry] made a great run down the line," said Bricker. "I just tried my hardest to get there and I did."
CU outshot the Falcons 14-5, in its lone exhibition match for 2010.
Colorado will return to the pitch in one week as the Buffaloes take on Wyoming on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the regular season opener.
Before the Wyoming game, fans are welcome to participate in CU's Healthy Kids Day. Similar to the Healthy Kids Day event that is held before the Spring Football game, there will be sports skills stations with CU student-athletes on Potts Field (located right next to Prentup Field) from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kids will also have a chance to meet student-athletes from all of CU's teams and get autographs. The first 250 kids (13 & under) to complete the required stations will receive a CU T-shirt.