Oct. 27, 2013
Freshman Blake Elder scored an unassisted game-tying goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Air Force men’s soccer team battle to a 1-1 tie with San Jose State Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The Falcons, who have posted three consecutive 1-1 draws, are now 1-9-4 overall and 1-1-4 in the Western Athletic Conference, while SJSU is 2-10-3 overall and 2-4-1 in league play.
Elder, who scored Air Force’s only goal in its 1-1 tie at Seattle University on Friday, gathered a loose ball in the box and placed a shot from the right wing to the far post past SJSU keeper Emmanuel Espinosa. It was AFA’s first and only shot on goal during the entire 110 minutes. The Falcons attempted just six total shots in the game, with Elder taking a team-high three.
The Falcons survived a first half in which they were outshot 9-2. Air Force freshman goalie Jake Schenk made three of his eight saves in the first 45 minutes. The Spartans got on the board first in the 79th minute when Ben Cowdrill snuck behind the Air Force defense, took a pass from Jamison Loveless and put a shot past Schenk for his first collegiate goal.
The teams played through two overtimes with Air Force attempting three shots to the Spartans two and the game ended in a draw.
The Falcons return home to face UNLV at Cadet Soccer Stadium on Friday, Nov. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.