USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force men's soccer opened the 2014 with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with service-academy rival Navy Friday night in front of a packed house of 806 fans at the Cadet Soccer Stadium.
After falling behind on a Navy goal just six minutes into the match, the Falcons tied it up with a goal just four seconds before halftime. The two-teams went on to play 75 more minutes of back-and-forth soccer and an eventual tie.
"We showed a lot of character by rallying to the tie," Air Force head coach Doug Hill said. "You're never happy with a tie, but the team showed improvement by taking care of the ball better. It was unfortunate the wet field conditions played a factor in the first goal, but we've got to move on and get ready to compete Sunday."
Jamie Dubyoski scored for Navy at the 5:54 mark. He was able to get to the ball in front of the net and scored easily after goalkeeper Jake Schenk slipped on the wet field grass attempting to get in front of Dubyoski.
Air Force responded with a goal at the 44:565 mark. Gus Jensen took a pass from Tucker Axhoj and rifled a shot from 15 yards out, striking the lower left post and caroming just across the line for the tying goal.
The match kicked off almost two hours after the original 7 pm kickoff time due to a lightning delay and double overtime in the AFA women's match prior. The field conditions were slick with the rain and hail from earlier in the day.
The Falcons return to action Sunday, Aug. 31, hosting Cal State Northridge.