Freedom falls in defensive duel, 2-1 |

Freedom falls in defensive duel, 2-1

EDWARDS – It’s 9,618 miles from Rustenberg, South Africa, to the WECMRD Field House in Edwars.

So what were the adds that the score of two games Saturday – Round 2 of the World Cup with Ghana and the United States, and a Premiere Arena Soccer League game between the Pikes Peak Cavalry WECMRD Freedom – would be the same?

Believe it, and both games didn’t turn out the way local soccer fans had wanted with Pikes Peak edging the Freedom, 2-1.

“I know,” said Pikes Peak’s Kami Strait, who had the winning goal for the Cavalry in opening seconds of the fourth quarter, “Coincidence? I don’t know.”

“There’s a cliche – a game of inches,” the Freedom’s Lauren Meehan said. “It seemed like we were on the wrong side of the inches. I was coming off the U.S. game and so was everybody else. It kind seemed like watching the U.S. – chance after chance after chance and just missing.”

For visiting Pikes Peak, it was their first win of the season, while the Freedom fell to 1-3-1 in the Rocky Mountain Division. And it is the lowest score in a women’s indoor soccer game so far reported to PASL’s website this season.

Since the teams played to a 4-4 draw down in Colorado Springs, it was no surprise that Saturday’s contest was close. The Freedom’s Heather Zaimes, courtesy of a great pass from Haille Hogfeldt, gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the second frame.

That held until the Cavalry’s Ashley Hooper had the equalizer in the third. With 1:38 left in that period, the Freedom took its sixth foul of the game, giving the Cavalry a two-minute power play.

The Freedom killed off the first 1:38 of it, but couldn’t stop Pikes Peak in the final 22 seconds opening the final quarter.

“We had it set up with three up top,” Strait said. “We just tried to play quickly to feet and Abby (Leopold) got me the pass wide. I just took the shot. It wasn’t that good. It just went in. It worked.”

Wearing a cast, wrapped in bubble wrap, covering her broken arm and wrist in four-wheeling accident, Strait put it home.

The Cavalry committed its sixth foul with 58 ticks left in regulation. The Freedom pressured, but could not find the back of the net.

The Rocky Mountain Division takes a week off before returning to action. Pikes Peak has the first of a home-and-home with the Fort Collins Fury in Colorado Springs July 10. Meanwhile, the Freedom will play two matches on that day in Denver against Mile High F.C. and the Denver Sizzle. The Freedom’s final regular-season home game is July 17 against the Fury.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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