Falcons' Season Comes to an End at NCAA Tournament

    Senior Kevin Durr led the Falcons with three shots Thursday
    Senior Kevin Durr led the Falcons with three shots Thursday

    Nov. 15, 2012

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    Michael Harris scored the game's only goal in the 15th minute Thursday to lead the University of Washington men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Air Force in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at Husky Soccer Stadium in Seattle, Wash. The Huskies (13-4-3) advance to face Creighton on Sunday in Omaha, Neb., while the Falcons' season came to an end with a 10-9-4 record.

    Air Force, making its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1997, could not solve the Washington defense or goalie Spencer Richie, who saw just one shot on goal and made the save. The Huskies outshot the Falcons 10-6 in total shots and 4-1 in shots on goal.

    Harris took a corner kick from James Moberg and headed in his first goal of the season past Air Force keeper Matt Underwood, who finished the game with three saves.

    Senior Kevin Durr led the Falcons with three shots and had their only shot on net in the 23rd minute. He nearly tied the game in the 61st minute, but his shot from the top of the box hit the crossbar square behind Richey and fell back into play.

    "We played very well in the second half tonight," said Air Force head coach Doug Hill."We played great off our center mids but they defended well the entire game. These two teams are very similar, athletic and disciplined, and that was proven on the field tonight. We wish them well the rest of the way."

    Ten Air Force seniors played their final game Thursday after making their final season at the Academy a memorable one.

    "You hate to see any season come to an end but I'm so proud of what these guys accomplished this year," said Hill. "It has been a true pleasure for me to coach this group of players and with 10 seniors having been in the program for four years is an accomplishment within itself. I thank the seniors for their contributions and getting this program back on the winning side. They will be great future leaders in the United States Air Force."

     

     

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