Nov. 3, 2013
Junior Gus Jensen and sophomore Connor Dunbaker each scored the first goal of his career Sunday to lead the Air Force men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Cal State Bakersfield. Freshman goalie Jake Schenk made five saves for his first career victory as the Falcons extended their unbeaten streak to five on senior day at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
Air Force’s four seniors, Mitch Kim, Michael Thrasher, Brian Klazura and Caleb Downey, were honored in pre-game ceremony, but it was a couple of underclassmen coming up big. Dunbaker opened the scoring in the 24th minute, taking a pass from freshman Blake Elder and placing a shot from 10 yards out past Bakersfield keeper Anthony Perez. Air Force (2-9-5, 2-1-5 WAC) took a 1-0 lead into halftime after outshooting the Roadrunners 9-6 in the first 45 minutes.
“This was a great way for our team to celebrate our seniors,” said Air Force head coach Doug Hill. “Even though this isn’t the final game here at home, it was a special day for those four players and I am very proud of the way our entire team played.”
Jensen, who joined the varsity club this season and was playing in just his seventh game for Air Force, made it 2-0 with his first career goal in the 69th minute after a deflected shot by a CSUB defender went right to Jensen and he beat Perez from about 25 yards out. It was Jensen’s first career shot on goal.
Joe Masumiya scored the only goal for Bakersfield (7-8-2, 5-3-1 WAC) with a penalty kick in the 72nd minute. That was it for the Roadrunners as Schenk made two of his five saves in the final 28 minutes to seal the victory for the Falcons.
“Jake played really well today,” said Hill. “It was too bad the only goal he gave up was a PK, but he was stellar for us throughout the weekend.”
Air Force held an 18-12 advantage in total shots and had season-high 12 shots on goal, compared to six for Bakersfield. Perez finished the game with 10 saves.
The Falcons return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 5 against Grand Canyon University at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The game, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., is a make-up game from the postponed game on Oct. 5 due to the government shutdown.