Falcons Fall to DU, 3-2, in Regular Season Finale
Nov. 3, 2012
Kevin Rossillon and sophomore Matt Payne each scored the first goal of his career Saturday night but it was not enough as the Air Force men's soccer team lost 3-2 to the University of Denver in the 2012 regular season finale at CIBER Field in Denver. The Falcons fell to 8-8-3 overall and 5-3-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and will be the No. 3 seed at next week's MPSF Tournament.
Air Force needed a victory to clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye at the MPSF Tournament, but will instead play the sixth-seed UNLV in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. in Albuquerque, N.M. The winner of that game will face No. 2-seeded CSU Bakersfield on Friday, Nov. 9.
Rossillon's first career goal cut DU's 2-0 lead in half in the 47th minute after the Pioneers scored in the fifth and 19th minute. Rossillon took a pass from senior Kevin Durr and fired a rocket from 27 yards past DU keeper Oliver Brown.
DU's Jordan Schweitzer then scored the game-winner in the 53rd minute with a shot that eluded Air Force goalie Matt Underwood, who finished the game with three saves. Payne then scored his first career goal in the 84th minute off a pass from junior Brian Klazura.
Denver held a slight 13-10 advantage in total shots and 7-4 in shots on goal. Four Pioneers and Klazura each had a game-high two shots. Brown made two saves for DU, which will play San Jose State in the other first-round contest on Thursday.