Air Force defeats Valparaiso, 5-1, to win Falcon Invitational

    Senior Mike Taylor allowed just one goal in two games as AFA won the Falcon Invitational
    Senior Mike Taylor allowed just one goal in two games as AFA won the Falcon Invitational

    Sept. 1, 2002

    Box Score

    The Air Force men's soccer team captured the team title at the 2002 Falcon Invitational Sunday with a 5-1 victory over Valparaiso at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons won both of their games at the tournament, as did Denver, which beat Birmingham-Southern, 3-2 in overtime, in Sunday's other game. Air Force won the tournament by virtue of a 10-7 goals advantage over the Pioneers.

    Air Force came out the gates quick against Valparaiso, scoring in the fourth minute as Dan Walsh found himself alone in front of the Valparaiso net after a pass from teammate Skyler Clarkston went past VU goalie Jeff Oleck.

    The game was back-and-forth for the next 40 minutes until Valparaiso's Mark Korba scored his second goal in as many games with just 1:20 left in the first half after Jon Flugstad's free kick from about 30 yards snuck through AFA goalie Mike Taylor's arms right to Flugstad in front of the net. The two goals were the only two shots on net in the first half.

    The Falcons, who improved to 2-0, took control of the game in the second half as junior Casey Chronister snuck behind Oleck and knocked in a free kick from freshman Daniel Wasson to put Air Force ahead, 2-1, in the 51st minute. Sophomore Marcus Sagastume extended the lead to 3-1 just 10 minutes later with a shot in the upper right corner past Oleck after a corner kick from freshman Colin Eames. Sagastume was named the tournament's most valuable offensive player with one goal and three assists, while Chronister earned most valuable defensive honors by saving two shots from Valparaiso in the second half.



    Senior David Auston put the game out of reach with a penalty kick in the 64th minute after a handball in the box was called on Valparaiso. Wasson closed out the scoring in the 82nd minute after Sagastume led him with a perfect through pass that eluded Oleck and Wasson had an open net.

    For the second straight game, Air Force allowed just nine total shots, and just five on goal. Taylor made three saves, while Chronister notched the other save for AFA. Oleck had six saves for Valparaiso.

    Air Force takes to the road next weekend at the Gonzaga/Nike Soccer Classic in Spokane, Wash. The Falcons will face Oregon State on Friday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. MT, then take on host Gonzaga on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.

    2002 Falcon Invitational Scores

    Friday, August 30

    Denver 4, Valparaiso 2

    Air Force 5, Birmingham-Southern 0

    Sunday, Sept. 1

    Denver 3, Birmingham-Southern 2 2ot

    Air Force 5, Valparaiso 1

    Final Team Standings

    1. Air Force (2-0) 10 goals scored, 1 goal allowed

    2. Denver (2-0) 7 goals scored, 4 goals allowed

    3. Valparaiso (0-2) 3 goals scored, 9 goals allowed

    4. Birmingham-Southern (0-2) 2 goals scored, 8 goals allowed

    Individual Awards

    Most Valuable Offensive Player

    Marcus Sagastume, Air Force

    Most Valuable Defensive Player

    Casey Chronister, Air Force

    All-Tournament Team

    Marcus Sagastume, Air Force

    Casey Chronister, Air Force

    Jeremiah Kirschman, Air Force

    Daniel Wasson, Air Force

    Nat Borchers, Denver

    Mike Stark, Denver

    Chris Fagnant, Denver

    Mark Korba, Valparaiso

    Jon Flugstad, Valparaiso

    Luke Eldridge, Birmingham-Southern

    Jamie Holmes, Birmingham-Southern

    Inside Men's Soccer