COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado College women’s soccer team captured its first Colorado Cup championship with a 1-0 victory over Air Force Friday afternoon, but still must wait to find out if the victory will also result in a trip to the Mountain West Championship.
With its eighth consecutive victory over the Falcons, CC finished the regular season with a 9-6-2 overall record and 5-4-2 mark in the conference. The Tigers are tied for fifth place with Fresno State, and will go through to the conference tournament if the Bulldogs lose to San Jose State or New Mexico wins or ties at San Diego State.
Colorado College, which defeated the University of Northern Colorado (2-1) and the University of Denver (2-0) during the first week of the season, became the fourth school to put its name on the Colorado Cup.
Since its inception in 2011, Colorado has won the cup five times (2011, ’12, ’14, ’15 and ’16), while Denver (2011) and Northern Colorado (2017) each has claimed it once. The Tigers finished second in both 2012 and ’14.
Senior midfielder Lauren Milliet struck for the game’s only goal in the 20th minute, when she chased down a long ball from junior midfielder Lucia Costanza, and slammed a shot off the far post from the right side of the box.
Milliet now has factored in 15 career game-winning goals, scoring eight and assisting on seven others.
With her team-leading fifth goal of the season, Milliet climbed into a tie for 13th place in program history with 20 goals. She also ranks 13th with 15 assists and 14th with 55 points.
In four career games against the Falcons, Milliet produced four goals, including a pair of game winners, and two assists, one of which set up a game-winner.
Costanza took over the team lead with her fifth assist, four of which set up game-winning goals.
At the other end of the pitch, Jade Odom made three saves while recording her seventh shutout of the season. The sophomore goalkeeper lowered her season goals-against average to 0.85 and improved her saves percentage to .813.
Odom did not make a save until the 30th minute when she denied a shot by Emma Nelson, and kept the shutout intact when she stopped a shot by Bree Bezdek off of a corner kick with eight seconds remaining in the first half.
Colorado College finished with a 25-15 advantage in total shots and had a 7-6 edge in corner kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Jennifer Hiddink kept the Falcons in the game by making 10 saves, including several that kept the Tigers from adding an insurance goal during the second half.
She stopped 1v1 opportunities for both freshman forward Kiley Suter and Costanza in a span of 2:08 midway through the second half.
Air Force finished the season with a 2-9-6 record and a 1-7-3 conference mark.
The Mountain West tournament kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif.