Falcons Down Cal-Poly, 2-1, on Henry's Golden Goal

    Sophomore Conor Henry scored the game winner Sunday
    Sophomore Conor Henry scored the game winner Sunday

    Sept. 5, 2010

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    Sophomore Conor Henry scored the first goal of his career 7:06 into overtime Sunday to give the Air Force men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Cal Poly at Cadet Soccer Stadium. With the victory, Air Force improved to 1-1 this season, while the Mustangs fell to 1-1.

    Henry took a far-post cross from fellow sophomore Kevin Durr and headed the ball past Cal Poly goalie Patrick McLain to give the Falcons their first win of the 2010 campaign. It was Henry's first shot on goal of his career.

    "I was pleased with the way we played against a very well-respected team," said head coach Doug Hill. "Our midfield and back line play today was outstanding, especially coming off a double overtime loss just two days ago."

    Tim White gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute after taking a pass from David Zamora down the right side of the field and chipping a shot from about 20 yards over Air Force goalie Matt Underwood, who had left the box and sprinted towards White to make a play on the ball. The goal was White's first of the season.

    Air Force had a golden opportunity in the 31st minute when senior Kyle Schafer found himself behind the Mustang defense, but his shot was barely touched by McLain and the ball slid just wide of the right post. Cal Poly was on the attack for the entire first half, putting nine shots on goal, compared to four for Air Force. Underwood kept the Falcons in the game with a couple of diving saves in the first stanza.

    Falcon sophomore Zane Dydasco evened the game at 1-all in the 65th minute when he converted a penalty kick after Henry was pulled down in the box by Cal Poly's Patrick Sigler. McLain guessed right on Dydasco's shot and initially saved it, but the ball rolled under his body and just cleared the goal line.

    Immediately following the foul that led to Dydasco's PK, Cal Poly's Evan Richter was issued a red card and ejected from the game. Air Force couldn't capitalize with a man up, then five minutes later, AFA's AJ Rana was given his second yellow card and sent off, evening the sides at 10 apiece. The Falcons had a couple of chances to take the lead later in the second half, but shots by Durr and freshman Jacob Chavers each hit the crossbar.

    Air Force was much aggressive in the second half, outshooting the Mustangs 18-5 in total shots and 4-1 in shots on goal. The Falcons owned a 29-17 advantage in total shots, while each team had 10 shots on goal. Underwood finished with a career-high nine saves and McLain saved eight shots.

    "I was a little worried the way we started the game," said Hill. "But the second half showed the power and touches we can use to compete with anyone."

    The Falcons head out on the road next weekend for the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Tournament, hosted by San Diego State. Air Force will play SDSU on Friday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m., then UC Irvine on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.

     

     

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