Sep 1, 2013
Two second-half goals sparked the University of San Francisco men’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Air Force Sunday afternoon at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco. With the victory, the Dons improved to 2-0, while the Falcons fell to 0-2.
Liam Kelly snapped a scoreless draw in the 60th minute after taking a pass from Mauricio Diaz De Leon and placing a shot past Air Force freshman goalie Jake Schenk. Danny Kirkland then added an insurance goal with a free kick from 25 yards hit the post and snuck into the net past Schenk in the 70th minute.
The Falcons held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal, but could not solve USF keeper Connor Gaal, who posted a shutout in his first career start. The Dons outshot Air Force, 14-8, in total shots and had five corner kicks, compared to two for the Falcons.
AFA junior Zachary Modly led all players with four shots on goal, while junior Kevin Meyer and sophomore Ben Kern each had one. Schenk, meanwhile, had three saves in his first career game for the Falcons.
“We had some good chances today but just did not capitalize,” said head coach Doug Hill. “Zach (Modly) was good on the ball and with a little more time he will start scoring some goals. We are lacking some depth right now but that will get stronger as the season progresses.”
Air Force hosts service-academy Army next Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., in the first home game of the 2013 season.