Sept. 18, 2012
Air Force Falcons vs. CSU Fullerton Tigers
Thursday, Sept. 20 / 7 p.m. (PT)
Titan Stadium / Fullerton, Calif.
Air Force Falcons vs. CSU Northridge Matadors
Saturday, Sept. 22 / 7 p.m. (PT)
Matador Soccer Field / Northridge, Calif.
Falcons Travel to the West Coast This Weekend
The Air Force Falcons travel to California for a pair of games this week. Air Force will take on Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (PT), then Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. (PT).
Air Force Splits a Pair of Games at Home
The Falcons split a pair of games at Cadet Soccer Stadium this past weekend, falling 1-0 in overtime to Oral Roberts on Friday, then rebounding to blank Presbyterian College, 2-0, on Sunday. Seniors Zane Dydasco and Kevin Durr each scord his first goal of the season and Matt Underwood posted the 10th shutout of his career on Sunday against the Blue Hose.
Falcons Up There in MPSF Stats
Kevin Durr is currently tied for No. 2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for shots with 22. He is seventh in the league in shots per game at 3.14. In addition, Matt Underwood is tied for the league lead with three shutouts and is second in goals-against average (0.94), saves (30) and save percentage (.811).
As a team, the Falcons are No. 2 in the MPSF with 116 shots and fewest goals allowed with seven.
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.
Oral Roberts 1, Air Force 0 (ot)
Despite a 26-7 advantage in total shots, the Air Force men's soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Oral Roberts Friday when Craig Rogers scored 7:06 into the first overtime period at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Rogers' goal gave ORU its first win of the season (1-5), while the Falcons had their two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 2-3-1 this season.
Rogers gathered in a loose ball just outside the box and fired a left-footed shot into the upper right corner of the net past the outstretched arm of Falcon goalie Matt Underwood. It was ORU's fifth shot on goal of the night as Underwood had saved the previous four. Conversely, Air Force put 11 shots on net, all saved by Isaac Sandoval, including a point blank save off a header from Falcon Scott McGillivray with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation. Air Force's Patrick Compton had a great chance to end the game in the final seconds of regulation but a shot towards an empty net went off the side of his foot and just wide.
Senior Kevin Durr led all players with six shots, followed by Brian Klazura with five and Compton with four. Air Force held a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Air Force 2, Presbyterian College 0
Seniors Zane Dydasco and Kevin Durr each scored his first goal and the Air Force men's soccer team won its first home game of the season with a 2-0 victory over Presbyterian College Sunday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium. With the win, Air Force improved to 3-3-1 this campaign, while Presbyterian fell to 1-6.
Dydasco opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he gathered a loose ball near midfield after a Presbyterian turnover, took a couple of dribbles and launched a 30-yard rocket on the ground that snuck past Presbyterian goalie Tyler Beadle. The Falcons held an 11-5 advantage in shots in the first half and took a 1-0 lead to intermission.
Presbyterian turned the tables a bit in the second stanza, outshooting the Falcons by the same margin, 11-5. In fact, the Falcons had just one shot on goal in the second half when Durr successfully converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute. Presbyterian was called for a hand ball in the box after trying to clear the ball after Durr hit the post with a shot.
Air Force senior keeper Matt Underwood made five saves in posting the 10th shutout of his career, while Beadle made three saves before giving way to reserve Tanner Osborne with just over five minutes remaining.