San Jose, Calif. – Austin Dewing was the man on fire in San Jose as he recorded his first career hat trick and team-high seven-point performance, leading the 15th-ranked Air Force Falcons to a 4-0 victory over San Jose State (5-10-1, 3-4-1 WAC), Friday afternoon, at Spartan Soccer Complex. Air Force (12-1-3, 6-0-2 WAC) recorded its first four-goal performance and 10th shutout of the season.
The conference match kicked off to a slow start as both teams appeared to be evenly matched with the defenses dug in. The Spartans and Falcons split the possessions and played to a scoreless first half. San Jose held the first half advantage in shots, 6-3.
Air Force lit the fire in the second half, led by junior forward Klint Parker who registered the first strike of the game in the 51st minute via Dewing’s setup for an assist. The goal marks Parker’s fourth of the season while Dewing was credited with his seventh assist.
Less than three minutes later, in the 54th minute, Parker returned the favor to Dewing as he assisted the junior forward with the ball which was then fired into the back of the Spartans’ net from within the box, lifting the Falcons to a two-nil lead.
Dewing ceased the momentum and ran with it as he pressed the attack on San Jose’s box. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native found another shot opportunity from inside box where he fired one off to notch his second goal of the game. The Falcons’ third goal was scored in just under a 10-minute span for the fastest three-goal scoring-spree of the season.
With the Spartans on their heels, the Falcons had no intention of letting up as they continued to press the attack on San Jose’s box. In the 81st minute, freshman midfielder Aaron Uribe sent a feed to Dewing who took the shot in stride for his hat trick goal. Uribe was credited with his second assist of the season.
At the final whistle, Air Force tallied 11 shots to San Jose’s 12; the second time this season Air Force has been outshot. Both teams put seven shots on goal. Dewing led the team with three shots, all on frame, while Parker tallied three shots of his own with two coming on goal. Dewing now leads the team in goals (6), assists (7), points (19), career goals (16) and career points (46).
Senior midfielder Oscar Chacon was tasked with shutting down key scorers as he commanded the defense to its 10th shutout in 16 games. Senior goalkeeper John Wendt also recorded his sixth shutout as he recorded seven saves on the day. The Sylvania, Ohio native boasts an .818 save percentage and 0.63 goals against average this season.
“The team played very well in the second half,” said head coach Doug Hill. “Their response to our half time talk was executed and we started getting balls in behind their line. Austin Dewing did a tremendous job getting in scrappy goals but they all count the same.”
“We’re one step closer to the end result we’re looking for,” continued Hill. “We know we have to continue to take it one game at a time as we have been all season, so now were looking forward to keeping the momentum rolling at Bakersfield.”
Air Force returns to action against the Roadrunners of CSU Bakersfield, Sunday, Oct. 29, in Bakersfield, Calif. The match is slated for a 1:00 p.m. PT kick off. Air Force leads the 11-game series, 6-4-1.