Sept. 13, 2012
Air Force Falcons vs. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Friday, Sept. 14 / 4:30 p.m.
Cadet Soccer Stadium / USAFA, Colo.
Air Force Falcons vs. Presbyterian Blue Hose
Sunday, Sept. 16 / 12 p.m.
Cadet Soccer Stadium / USAFA, Colo.
Falcons Host Oral Roberts and Presbyterian This Weekend
The Air Force Falcons return home after a pair of victories at the Penn Soccer Classic to host Oral Roberts and Presbyterian this weekend. Air Force will take on ORU on Friday, Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m., then Presbyterian on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m. Both games will be played at Cadet Soccer Stadium and are free to the public.
Air Force Takes Two at Penn Classic
The Falcons travelled to Philadelphia last weekend in search of their first victory of the season and came home with two from the Penn Soccer Classic. After defeating Penn, 2-1, on Friday, Air Force defeated previously undefeated Villanova, 1-0, on Sunday. Freshman Abinadi Samayoa and senior Conor Henry scored for AFA against Penn, while junior Brian Klazura scored the game's only goal against Villanova on Air Force's only shot on goal of the game. Senior Matt Underwood made 11 saves in the two games, including a season-high nine against `Nova for his second shutout of the season and ninth of his career.
Samayoa the Scorer
Freshman Abinadi Samayoa (pronounced Uh-BIN-ih-die Sam-ee-OH-uh) scored the first two goals of the season for Air Force and is tied for second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rankings with two tallies. He has scored on both of his shots on goal this season.
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 2, Penn 1
Freshman Abinadi Samayoa and senior Conor Henry each scored and senior goalie Matt Underwood made two saves as the Air Force men's soccer team won its first game of the 2012 season with a 2-1 victory over Penn Friday night at Rhodes Field as part of the Penn Soccer Classic. The Falcons improved to 1-2-1 on the season, while the Quakers fell to 0-3.
Samayoa notched his second goal of the season in the 19th minute with a blast from 25 yards out that beat Penn goalie Max Kurtzman after an Air Force corner kick was cleared by the Penn defense.
Penn's Sam Engs tied the game in the 69th minute, heading in a rebound off a shot by Alex Murphy. Air Force wasted little time in answering as Henry scored 36 seconds later off a throw-in by senior Eric Tise to regain the lead for the Falcons.
Penn outshot the Falcons 14-10, but Air Force held a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. Alex Frazier led the Falcons with two total shots and five Falcons each had one shot on goal.
Air Force 1, Villanova 0
The Air Force men's soccer team survived a barrage of shots by previously undefeated Villanova Sunday and goalie Matt Underwood made nine saves as the Falcons downed the Wildcats, 1-0, at Penn Park in Philadelphia, Pa. The Falcons, who won both of their games at the Penn Soccer Classic this weekend, improved to 2-2-1, while Villanova fell to 4-1.
Villanova outshot the Falcons 25-13 in total shots and 9-1 in shots on goal, with junior Brian Klazura making AFA's only shot on goal count in the 78th minute with a header off a free kick that was sent into the box by senior Kevin Durr.
Villanova had multiple scoring chances in the game's first 20 minutes but Underwood stood tall in the first half, making five saves. The Wildcats owned a 13-8 edge in shots and there were a number of chances available at different points in the first 45 minutes. However, the game was deadlocked at zero when the halftime horn sounded.
The contest remained scoreless through most of the second half before Klazura elevated to re-direct a header into the net past `Nova keeper John Fogarty at the 77:27 mark. Klazura led the Falcons with three shots.