Oct. 21, 2012
Zane Dydasco and Garrett Getschow and sophomore Scott McGillvray scored second-half goals to give the Air Force men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over San Jose State Sunday in the Falcons' final home game of the 2012 season. Air Force remains in first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Mountain Division with an 8-6-2 overall record and a 5-1-1 mark in league play, while San Jose State fell to 6-7-1 and 3-3-1 in MPSF action.
After a scoreless first half, Dydasco put Air Force ahead 1-0 in the 54th minute after teammate Conor Henry gathered the ball, turned a SJSU defender around and sent a centering pass to Dydasco just inside the top of the box. Dydasco did the rest, placing a shot past Spartan keeper Michael Schwinn.
Getschow scored the Falcons' second goal in the 65th minute when Falcon goalie Matt Underwood fired a long kick from his goalie box that bounced over the head of a San Jose State player and found Getschow all alone behind the defense. His shot from 15 yards out eluded Schwinn and gave Air Force a 2-0 advantage. It was Getschow's third goal of the season and Underwood's first career point.
McGillivray made it 3-0 in the 86th minute with the first goal of his career, sliding a shot from 13 yards past Schwinn just inside the far post. Henry and senior Kevin Durr assisted on the play. SJSU got on the board less than a minute later when Kyler McLaughlin fired a shot past Underwood.
Air Force honored its 10 seniors prior to the game and all 10 started the match. Junior Caleb Downey was the only non-senior to start for Air Force. Senior Kevin Rossillon made the first start of his career and attempted two shots.
"This was a nice way for our seniors to wrap up their careers at Cadet Soccer Stadium," said Air Force head coach Doug Hill. "We finally finished some shots, scoring three goals for the first time all season. These seniors have been a big part of program for four years and having them all on the field helped our success. It's too bad Patrick (Compton) was sick and could only play a couple of minutes, but our reserve midfielders played really well in his absence."
Air Force outshot San Jose State 19-10 in total shots and 8-5 in shots on goal. Durr, senior Jake Jones and junior Brian Klazura each had a game-high three shots. The Falcons also had seven corner kicks, compared to six for the Spartans.
"We made some adjustments in the second half with our midfield play," said Hill. "Our guys executed it to perfection."
The Falcons will play their final three games on the road, beginning next Friday, Oct. 26 at UNLV. The match starts at 7 p.m. (PT).