Falcons Blank Presbyterian, 2-0
Sept. 16, 2012
Zane Dydasco and Kevin Durr each scored his first goal and the Air Force men's soccer team won its first home game of the season with a 2-0 victory over Presbyterian College Sunday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium. With the win, Air Force improved to 3-3-1 this campaign, while Presbyterian fell to 1-6.
Dydasco opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he gathered a loose ball near midfield after a Presbyterian turnover, took a couple of dribbles and launched a 30-yard rocket on the ground that snuck past Presbyterian goalie Tyler Beadle. The Falcons held an 11-5 advantage in shots in the first half and took a 1-0 lead to intermission.
"We played very well in the first half and Zane made a great play to give us the lead," said Air Force head coach Doug Hill. "It was nice to see us finish a play with a goal."
Presbyterian turned the tables a bit in the second stanza, outshooting the Falcons by the same margin, 11-5. In fact, the Falcons had just one shot on goal in the second half when Durr successfully converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute. Presbyterian was called for a hand ball in the box after trying to clear the ball after Durr hit the post with a shot.
Air Force then turned defensive the rest of the way and was able to get some reserves into the game. "We were able to get a bunch of younger players in today," said Hill. "That was important since we have a short week ahead of us."
Air Force senior keeper Matt Underwood made five saves in posting the 10th shutout of his career, while Beadle made three saves before giving way to reserve Tanner Osborne with just over five minutes remaining.
Air Force travels to California for its final two non-conference games of the season this week. The Falcons will play Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (PT).