Rapids cruise past Air Force
Colorado Rapids opened the scoring flood gates by tallying six second
half goals to earn a 6-0 win over the Air Force Academy in a preseason
exhibition on the team’s training field at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on
limited scoring opportunities.
on Ross LaBauex in the 22nd and 28th minutes resulting in his ejection
from the match. Due to the friendly nature of the game, the Falcons were
able to replace Uransel with a substitute.
after earning a penalty kick, but Pat Noonan’s shot to the lower left
corner was saved, leaving the teams locked at 0-0 going into the break.
often, beginning with Noonan’s first goal in the 47th minute when he
tapped in a rebound off a saved shot from six yards out.
minutes, as Rob Valentino headed in an Andy Lorei corner kick and Noonan
finished a Wells Thompson pass inside the box, respectively.
diving save in the 70th minute from an Air Force header off a corner.
with Noonan earning a hat trick for the match, and Lorei and Oscar
Murillo scoring their first goals of the preseason in the 71st and 75th
minutes respectively. Murillo from a Ciaran O’Brien corner kick and
Lorei with a tough angled shot from the left side from about 10 yards
Noonan (Lorei) 47
COL- Valentino (Lorei) 62
COL- Murillo (O’Brien) 71
COL- Lorei (O’Brien) 75
Noonan (unassisted) 76
Ian Joyce, Rob Valentino, Mike Holody (Masaki Hemmi 46^), Oscar
Murillo, Richie Kotschau^, Ross LaBauex, Jeff Larentowicz (Wells
Thompson 46), Mehdi Ballouchy (Ciaran O’Brien 46), Colin Clark (Andy
Lorei 46), Andre Akpan, Pat Noonan.