Falcons Open 2012 Home Slate on Parents Weekend
Aug. 30, 2012
Air Force Blanked by Army in Season Opener
Air Force Head Coach Doug Hill
In his five seasons at the helm, Hill has coached 20 Falcons to all-conference honors, including five last season, all of whom were underclassmen. This season, Hill has 19 letterwinners and nine starters returning from last year’s squad. In fact, 12 of the 15 players that notched at least one point last season are back.
Hill, who holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" license, graduated from the Academy in 1983 and was a four-year varsity letterman on the men’s soccer team. He was chosen as team captain both his junior and senior seasons. In all four years, Hill helped the Falcons win the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League title. After graduation, he remained at AFA as the assistant soccer coach and a physical education instructor for one year before leaving the Academy in 1984 for Dyess AFB, Texas, where he was an instructor navigator in the C-130 aircraft. He returned to the Academy in 1992 and was an assistant coach for 12 of the next 15 years.
Army 3, Air Force 0
Air Force actually carried the play over the first 10 minutes, posting three shots and four corner kicks during that time. The Falcons were unable to capitalize, however, and it was Army that broke on top and seized momentum over the remainder of the half and into the second stanza.
Parker Dixon opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a blast from 15 yards out that snuck past Air Force goalie Matt Underwood. Josh Koeppe and Arnold Chun also scored before intermission to give Army an insurmountable 3-0 lead. Air Force, which had its two-match winning streak against the Black Knights snapped, did not allow more than two goals in any game last season.
Senior midfielder Kevin Durr and junior forward Brian Klazura each led the Falcons with two shots on goal as both teams had seven shots on net. Underwood made four saves while Army keeper Winston Boldt saved all seven shots by Air Force. The Falcons were outshot 14-13 in total shots but held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
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