April 30, 2002
The Air Force men's soccer team played aggressively against Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids in Tuesday night's exhibition game, but could not find the back of the net against its professional opponents as the Rapids left Cadet Soccer Stadium with a 4-0 victory in front of more than 1,500 fans.
The Rapids netted the game's first goal in the 30th minute, as Marvin Quijano and Danny Jackson played a perfect give-and-go play and Quijano beat Falcon goalie Mike Taylor. Quijano had a hand in the Rapids' second goal, as he was pulled down in the penalty box with less than three minutes remaining in the first half. John Spencer netted the penalty kick and the Rapids took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The game opened up in the second stanza, as the teams combined for 18 total shots, compared to just five in the first half. Kyle Beckerman made the score 3-0 in the 50th minute off a feed from Diego Herrera, then Beckerman made a perfect over the top pass to Chris Carrieri, who best Taylor with the final goal of the game in the 76th minute.
The Rapids attempted 14 total shots, with eight coming on goal. Taylor made four saves for Air Force, which had nine total shots, and six on goal, all saved by Rapids' netminder David Kramer. Air Force had some great scoring chances in the second half, as junior Tom Clark and sophomore Dan Walsh tested Kramer with hard shots, but Kramer did not let anything behind him.
Air Force, a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, will begin regular season play on Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, when they host Birmingham-Southern as part of the AFA Nike Invitational.
Colorado Rapids 2 2 -- 4
Air Force 0 0 -- 0
First Half: 1. Colo. - Marvin Quijano (Danny Jackson), 29:24; 2. Colo. - John Spencer (unassisted, PK), 42:24.
Second Half: 3. Colo. - Kyle Beckerman (Diego Herrera) 49:30; 4. Colo. - Chris Carrieri (Kyle Beckerman) 75:30.
Shots (on goal): Colorado 14 (8), Air Force 9 (6).
Saves: Colorado - David Kramer 6, Air Force - Mike Taylor 4.