RENO, Nev. – Nevada ended the week with a bang as the Wolf Pack (3-10, 2-4 MW) defeated Air Force (8-4-1, 3-3 MW) in the 100th minute as Casey Crawford drilled the game-winner for the 2-1 win. Nevada has now defeated the Falcons two years in a row following a 1-0 victory at AFA last season.
Crawford’s goal came off a turnover by the Falcons, as keeper Danielle Katz had to kick it away after Payton Lieb ran up on the ball to apply pressure. That forced Katz to kick the ball right to Crawford, who rocketed it into the upper right corner to give Nevada the win.
Lieb got the scoring started for Nevada in the 32nd minute, after Mady Hairston drew a foul in the box trying to turn the corner. Lieb skipped the ball along the ground past the outstretched arms of Katz to put Nevada up 1-0, its first halftime lead of the season.
The Pack outshot the Falcons 17-16 on the day, but Air Force came back with a vengeance after the half after outshooting Nevada 9-6 in the second half. The Falcons scored one of the clutchest goals of the year, as Emma Nelson found an open look and put one in the back of the net to tie the match with just over a minute remaining in regulation.
Nevada continued to fight in the contest, including keeper Kendal Stovall who recorded two of her eight saves in overtime, keeping the Pack alive before Crawford ended the game.
Gabby Brown led the team with nine shots, giving her 61 for the season to lead Nevada. Three of hers went on goal, while Lieb was second on the team with three shots.
Nevada will leave home next weekend to go battle Fresno State and San Jose State on the road. If able to win both contests, the Pack would bring its conference record to an even 4-4.
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