Falcons Travel to Philly for Penn Soccer Classic

    Senior Zane Dydasco
    Senior Zane Dydasco

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    Game #4
    Air Force Falcons vs. Penn Quakers
    Friday, Sept. 7 / 7:30 p.m. (ET)
    Rhodes Field / Philadelphia, PA

    Game #5
    Air Force Falcons vs. Villanova Wildcats
    Sunday, Sept. 9 / 1 p.m. (ET)
    Penn Park / Philadelphia, PA

    Falcons Travel to Philly for Penn Soccer Classic
    The Air Force Falcons travel to Philadelphia this weekend for a pair of games in the 2012 Penn Soccer Classic. The Falcons (0-2-1) will face Penn (0-2) on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Rhodes Field on the Penn campus, then Villanova (3-0) on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at Penn Park in Philadelphia.

    Air Force Still Looking for First Win
    The Falcons battled UC Davis to a scoreless tie and lost to Drexel, 2-1, this past weekend at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Bothgames were extended to double overtime. Senior goalie Matt Underwood posted the eighth shutout of his career against UC Davis while freshman Abinadi Samayoa scored the first goal of his career in the second half against Drexel.

    Falcons Picked Third in MPSF Preseason Rankings
    The Falcons were picked to finish in a tie with Denver for third place in the MPSF Preseason Coaches' Poll. New Mexico was predicted to repeat as MPSF champion after advancing to the round of 16 in last year's NCAA Tournament, picked just ahead of CSU Bakersfield, which earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament last year.

    Air Force 0, UC Davis 0 (2ot)
    The Air Force men's soccer team battled UC Davis to a scoreless draw Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium in the Falcons' 2012 home opener. The Falcons are now 0-1-1 this season while UC Davis moved to 1-0-2.

    Senior goalie Matt Underwood made two saves in posting his first shutout of the season and eighth of his career. He made one save in each half and did not see a shot on goal in either overtime session. His teammates, meanwhile, had five shots on goal, four of them in the second half when Air Force had some golden opportunities to put the ball in the net.

    Senior Patrick Compton found himself alone in front of the net off a free kick from senior Kevin Durr but placed his shot just high of the net with 32 minutes left. Durr then had an open shot from 20 yards out with two minutes remaining in the second half that UCD goalie Omar Zeenni saved. Durr, who had a game-high six shots, also had a great look in the first overtime period but fired a 25-yard blast that just sailed over the net.

    Air Force outshot UC Davis 17-10 and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Zeenni made five saves for the Aggies and has yet to allow a goal in three games this season. Matt Weisenfarth had both shots on goal for UC Davis.

    Drexel 2, Air Force 1 (2ot)
    Matheus Goncalves scored both goals, including the game-winner 1:06 into the second overtime, to lead the Drexel men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Air Force Sunday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium. With the win, Drexel improved to 1-1-1, while the Falcons fell to 0-2-1.

    Following a scoreless first half, Goncalves put the Dragons ahead 1-0 in the 50th minute when Fabio Machado corralled a loose ball at the top of the box and sent a through pass to Goncalves, who beat Air Force goalie Matt Underwood from about 12 yards out to the far post.

    Air Force responded in the 78th minute when freshman Abinadi Samayoa notched the first goal of his career by scoring from right in front of the net after teammate Zane Dydasco fired a shot that Drexel keeper Tim Washam saved but could not corral. Samayoa's goal was the first of the season for the Falcons.

    The Falcons had a golden opportunity to take the lead when sophomore Matt Payne took a pass from Kevin Durr behind the Dragon defense but his shot went just wide of the net.

    After a scoreless first overtime, Drexel's Michele Pataia started the winning play by gathering a loose ball and finding Machado down the left side. Just before hitting the end line, Machado sent the ball to the front of the net and Goncalves flew in to send the ball past Underwood from eight yards out.


     

     

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