Sep 4, 2013
Falcons Host Army in Home Opener on Saturday
The Air Force men’s soccer team plays its first home game of the 2013 season this Saturday, Sept. 7 against service-academy rival Army. Kickoff at Cadet Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
AFA Drops First Two in ‘13
The Falcons lost a pair of games in California last weekend to open the 2013 campaign. Air Force lost to St. Mary’s College, 3-1, and the University of San Francisco, 2-0.
Falcons Picked Second in WAC Preseason Rankings
The Falcons were picked to finish second in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Bakersfield was predicted to win the conference by the eight league coaches. Air Force senior Caleb Downey was selected as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year and fellow senior Brian Klazura joined Downey on the preseason all-WAC team.
Back to the WAC
After spending the last 14 years playing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the Falcons will begin play, once again, in the Western Athletic Conference in 2013. Air Force was a member of the WAC from 1996-98 before breaking off with seven other schools to form the Mountain West Conference. The MWC did not offer men’s soccer, however, so the Falcons moved to the MPSF.
Last Weekend’s Results
St. Mary’s 3, Air Force 1 at Moraga, Calif. -- Despite scoring less than three minutes into the game, the Air Force men’s soccer team dropped its 2013 season opener, 3-1, to St. Mary’s College Friday in Moraga, Calif.
Senior co-captain Brian Klazura took a pass from junior Zachary Modly and found himself one-on-one with SMC keeper Andre Rawls. Klazura placed a shot past Rawls into the lower right corner just 2:55 into the contest for a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, Rawls saved all six Falcon shots on goal the rest of the game while his teammates notched three unanswered goals.
Bobby Conner evened the game in the 19th minute with a shot that beat AFA keeper Joey Speshock into the upper right corner. Alex Braman and Rafael Sanchez assisted on the play. The game went to halftime knotted at one with SMC holding a 6-5 advantage in total shots and each team attempting four shots on goal.
The Gaels struck early in the second half as Carlo Eikani directed a header past Speshock at the 46:50 mark of an assist from Alan Williams and Will Kendall added an insurance goal in the 87th minute after taking a pass from Jake Stenberg.
San Francisco 2, Air Force 0 at San Francisco, Calif. -- Two second-half goals sparked the University of San Francisco men’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Air Force Sunday afternoon at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco. With the victory, the Dons improved to 2-0, while the Falcons fell to 0-2.
Liam Kelly snapped a scoreless draw in the 60th minute after taking a pass from Mauricio Diaz De Leon and placing a shot past Air Force freshman goalie Jake Schenk. Danny Kirkland then added an insurance goal with a free kick from 25 yards hit the post and snuck into the net past Schenk in the 70th minute.
The Falcons held a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal, but could not solve USF keeper Connor Gaal, who posted a shutout in his first career start. The Dons outshot Air Force, 14-8, in total shots and had five corner kicks, compared to two for the Falcons.
AFA junior Zachary Modly led all players with four shots on goal, while junior Kevin Meyer and sophomore Ben Kern each had one. Schenk, meanwhile, had three saves in his first career game for the Falcons.