Sept. 20, 2013
Henrik Synnes scored the game’s lone goal with 3:58 remaining in the second overtime to give the San Diego State men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Air Force Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium. With the victory, the Aztecs improved to 3-3 while the Falcons fell to 0-6.
Blake Wise started the winning play with a shot from about 25 yards out that was destined for the net, but Air Force goalie Jake Schenk made a diving save. The ball popped up in the air in front of the net and Synnes outjumped everyone and headed the ball into the upper right corner before Schenk could fully recover.
Synnes’s shot was the fourth in the second overtime period for SDSU, which outshot Air Force 20-15 in total shots and six to four in shots on goal for the game. Schenk made five saves while Blake Hylen made four in posting his second shutout of the season.
The Falcons had several scoring opportunities, including a rocket by senior Brian Klazura from the top of the box with three minutes left in the first half that beat Hylen but sailed just wide. Freshman Blake Elder also had a prime chance in the 57th minute but his shot from 25 yards hit the crossbar and ricocheted back into play.
“We defended well for 107 minutes but the bounce didn’t go our way tonight,” said Air Force head coach Doug Hill. “I thought we played much better in the second half and got a little rhythm but we need to do that for 90 minutes. Our individual defending was much better tonight, especially from Caleb Downey and Ben Kern. We are a little banged up but our guys are staying committed and we just need one bounce to go our way.”
The Falcons are back in action on Sunday, Sept. 22 against Bradley at Cadet Soccer Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m.