Falcons Drop 2-0 Decision to DU in Regular-Season Finale
Nov. 7, 2009
Jesse Henderson scored in the first half and Collin Audley notched a second half goal to lead the University of Denver men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Air Force Saturday at Cadet Soccer Stadium in the regular-season finale for both teams. With the victory, Denver improved to 5-9-3 overall and finished 2-4-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation , while the Falcons fell to 7-8-1 and 2-5 in league play.
The two teams will meet again in five days in the first round of the MPSF tournament on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the University of Denver Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. Denver will be the No. 4 seed at the tournament, while the Falcons will be the fifth-seeded team.
Henderson opened the scoring in the 38th minute when he placed a shot past Falcon goalie Jim Gullo with a host of players vying for the ball in front of the net. Matt Kirby found the ball and one-touched it to Henderson, whose shot hit Gullo's arm but still went into the net.
Audley scored an insurance goal in the 79th minute after taking a pass from Alex Tarnoczi and firing a rocket from 20 yards out past Gullo into the upper left corner. Audley had a game-high four total shots, while Tarnoczi had two of DU's five shots on goal. The Falcons, who sat several of their regular starters for most of the game, attempted six total shots and had only one on goal against DU goalie Joe Willis.
Gullo made three saves for Air Force, while Willis made one in posting his third shutout of the season.
Air Force, who finished the '09 season with a 5-1-1 record at home, honored its seven seniors in a pre-game ceremony celebrating the final home game of their career.