Nov. 11, 2010
The Air Force men's soccer team saw its 2010 season come to an end Thursday with a 6-2 loss to Sacramento State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament in Sacramento, Calif. Junior John Melcher and sophomore Zane Dydasco each scored for Air Force, which finished the campaign with a 7-12 record. The Hornets improved to 8-4-7 and will face top-seeded Denver in the semifinals on Friday.
Chris Bettencourt and Ernesto Carranza each had two goals for the Hornets and Gabriel Silviera and Adam Bettencourt each added a goal as well.
The No. 5 seed Hornets wasted little time in getting on the board against the No. 4 seed Falcons, with Chris Bettencourt scoring his first goal in the ninth minute, after a Carranza pass led him into a breakaway and Bettencourt chipped the ball around the keeper and scored on an open net.
Air Force evened it up 1-all in the 14th minute when Melcher slipped a low shot through the gloves of Hornet keeper Cesar Castillo. It was the first goal of the season for Melcher, who missed eight games this season due to injury.
In the 18th minute Carranza tallied his first score of the game when he collected a Silveira pass and launched a shot across the net to the far post past Falcon goalie Matt Underwood.
Air Force tied it up again at 2-apiece when Dydasco tallied his third goal of the season by bending a corner kick just inside the far post. Unfortunately for the Falcons, it was all Sacramento State after that, beginning with a Carranza goal in the 32nd minute to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead at halftime.
After the break, Silveira fired a fantastic shot from 20 yards out that tucked just inside the top corner at the far post to put Sacramento State up 4-2. Then Chris Bettencourt scored his second goal in the 52nd minute when Carranza chipped a pass into the box and Bettencourt headed it back across the goal at the far post.
Adam Bettencourt tallied the Hornets' final score of the game in the 85th minute when he took a long crossing pass from Erick Lariz and finished one-on-one past AFA backup goalie Patrick Gould.
The Hornets outshot the Falcons 15-9 in the game, including a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Hornets also had the edge in corner kicks, 8-3. Each team made only one save.