UNLV Downs Air Force, 1-0
Oct. 7, 2011
Mendoza scored the game's only goal at the 11:41 mark of the first half. Teammate Salvador Bernal sent a crossing pass into the box from the left side that Air Force goalie Matt Underwood stopped but could not corral. The clearing pass went right to Mendoza, who placed a 25-yard shot past Underwood into the top right corner.
Bernal nearly made it 2-0 in the 21st minute after dribbling past Underwood, but his shot into an open net clanked off the right post. Air Force's best chance came in the 50th minute when sophomore Kevin Durr placed a direct kick towards the upper left corner of the net, but Harding knocked it away with his outstretched right hand, leading to one of Air Force's five corner kicks compared to two for UNLV.
Each team took 15 total shots and Air Force held a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal. Bernal posted a game-high five total shots, followed by teammate Nick Marshall with four. Durr led the Falcons with three shots.
The Falcons return to action on Sunday, Oct. 9 when they host nationally-ranked New Mexico at Cadet Soccer Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.