Falcons and UMKC Play to a 2-2 Draw
Freshman Ryan Ward scored the first goals of his career Friday night

Oct. 11, 2013

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Air Force freshman Ryan Ward scored two first-half goals but UMKC notched a pair of goals in the second half as the teams played to 2-2 men's soccer draw Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The game was Air Force's first Western Athletic Conference game of the season since its game vs. Grand Canyon last weekend was postponed due to the government shutdown.

Ward opened the scoring in the 27th minute with the first goal of his career. The play started with a corner kick from junior Scott McGillivray that was headed by senior Caleb Downey right to Ward, who was standing at the top of the box and fired a rocket past UMKC keeper Chris McGaughey. Ward just missed scoring again less than two minutes later when he took a crossing pass and clanged a shot off the crossbar. He redeemed himself, however, in the 31st minute when he took a pass from junior Zachary Modly and placed a shot on the ground from 10 yards out past McGaughey. Ward is the first Falcon to score twice in a game since Ben Chavez had two goals vs. Denver on Nov. 4, 2011.

The Kangaroos (1-5-4, 0-1-1 WAC) cut the lead in half in the 53rd minute when Tato Chiapparro scored his third goal of the season after Air Force goalie Jake Schenk sent a clearing kick right to Chiaparro, who chipped a shot from about 35 yards over Schenk's head into the net. Air Force tried to hang on for its first victory of the season but Roberto Albuquerque tied the game with just over five minutes remaining when he knocked in a shot from just in front of the goal after a corner kick from Chiaparro.

Air Force senior Brian Klazura had a couple of quality looks early in the first overtime period but both shots sailed wide.  UMKC, who outshot Air Force 3-1 in the second overtime, held a 19-14 for the game and had eight shots on goal compared to six for the Falcons (0-8-1, 0-0-1 WAC). Chiaparro and Falcon junior Zachary Modly each attempted a game-high four shots.

"It was nice to score two goals in the first half tonight," said Air Force head coach Doug Hill. "Our freshmen played well tonight, especially Ryan (Ward) and A.J. Esparza. However, we need to learn how to close games out and limit our mistakes. I am always very pleased with our attitude and effort and our hard work will play off in the long run."

The Falcons host Houston Baptist on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m.



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