Sept. 13, 2013
Eddie Sanchez had a goal and an assist and goalkeeper Jason Dodson made six saves as the Portland men's soccer team shutout the Air Force Falcons 4-0 Friday afternoon at Merlo Field. The Pilots even their record at 2-2 with the win, while Air Force drops to 0-4.
After a steady barrage of shots on the Air Force frame during the first half, Sanchez finally gave Portland a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute. Matthew Coffey sparked the play when he sent a long ball forward that found Michael Escobar. Escobar then sent a one-touch chip into the box, where Sanchez finished from about 10 yards out past Air Force keeper Jake Schenk.
Moments later, it was Sanchez who fed a ball into the box that found the feet of Thomas Iwasaki, who punched a shot past Schenk to give the Pilots the two-goal lead. The Falcons were held to just three shots during the first half and Dodson made a pair of quality saves to preserve the lead.
The Pilots continued to pressure the Falcons in the second half and were rewarded with a penalty kick in the 57th minute when Air Force was called for a foul inside the 18-yard box. Jaime Velasco easily finished on the PK for his first goal this season, giving Portland a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Dustin Munger then capped the scoring in the 75th minute. Steven Corbett nodded a ball to Escobar, who then freed Munger with a pass near the top of the six-yard box. Munger tapped it past Schenk to make it 4-0.
The Pilots finished with a 22-9 edge in shots, while Portland attempted 11 corner kicks on the day. Juniors Zachary Modly and Matt Payne each had a team-high three shots. All three of Payne's opportunities were on goal.
"We cannot afford to not have everyone show up to play for us and expect to win," said Air Force head coach Doug Hill. "We need to turn this thing around real quick."
The Falcons play at Oregon State on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. (PT). The game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network.