Falcons Travel to Creighton This Saturday

Sept. 20, 2006

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Saturday, Sept. 23 vs. Creighton, 7 p.m. (Omaha, Neb.)

Live Stats:
www.goairforcefalcons.com (Gametracker)

Recent Results:
Air Force (0-6-1) lost to Memphis, 3-1; lost to Alabama A&M, 3-1 Creighton (4-2-2) tied Oregon State, 2-2; beat Yale, 3-0

Air Force is coached by Lou Sagastume (San Francisco, 1968), who is in his 28th season with the Falcons. Sagastume has a record of 277-182-43 at the Academy and a career mark of 298-189-43 in 29 seasons.

Creighton is coached by Bob Warming (Berea College, 1975), who is in his 11th season with the Bluejays. He is 146-49-21 at Creighton and 340-165-51 in his 29-year career.

Top Players:
Air Force is led by freshman Josh Rhynard, who has scored a team-high three goals, good for six points, this season. Freshman Steve Noller, who scored the first goal of his career Friday vs. Memphis, has three points. Five players each have two points.

Creighton is led by Michael Kraus, who has seven points (3g, 1a). Three players each have two goals and one assist for five points. Goalie Matt Allen has an impressive 0.85 goals-against average this season.

Falcons Drop Two at Home
The Air Force Falcons lost a pair of games at Cadet Soccer Stadium last weekend. On Friday, Air Force fell 3-1 to 25th-ranked Memphis despite freshman Steve Noller scoring his first career goal. The Falcons finished the game with eight players after receiving three red cards. Then on Sunday, Alabama A&M, behind two goals and an assists from Mosito Ranko, downed AFA 3-1. Junior Chris Mathews notched the first goal of his career in the game.

Up Next
Air Force opens MPSF play on Friday, Sept. 29 by hosting UNLV at 7 p.m. The Falcons play nationally ranked New Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

Rhynard Leads MPSF in Goals
Despite not scoring in the last four games, freshman Josh Rhynard still leads the MPSF with three goals. He is second in the league in scoring (6 pts.).

Coaching Legends Meet
Saturday's game will feature 638 career victories between the two head coaches. Creighton's Bob Warming has 340 career wins, ranking eighth on the list of the Division I winningest active coaches. Air Force head coach Lou Sagastume has 298 career victories, which places him 12th on the list.

Last Weekend's Results
#25 Memphis 3, Air Force 1
The 25th-ranked University of Memphis men's soccer team won its fourth straight game Friday night, defeating the Air Force Academy, 3-1, in front of 432 fans at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Memphis improved to 6-1 this season, while the Falcons fell to 0-5-1 with their fifth consecutive defeat.

Memphis opened the scoring in the 40th minute as Jared Britcher took a cross from Shaun Goulding and slid a shot from six yards out past Air Force goalie Brian Guyette. The Tigers took full advantage of Air Force being a man down after senior Brendan Greenaway earned a pair of yellow cards just eight seconds apart in the 35th minute and was sent off.

Jamie Gilbert gave Memphis a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute when he gathered the ball near midfield, dribbled past no less than three Air Force defenders and deposited an 18-yard rocket past Guyette. It was Gilbert's second goal of the season.

Air Force cut the lead to one when freshman Steve Noller notched the first goal of his career in the 57th minute. Noller took a pass in the middle of the field from sophomore Joe Lapinsky, turned toward the goal and blasted a shot from 22 yards past Memphis netminder Michael Goodlett.

Air Force lost another man with just under five minutes remaining when Memphis' Brian Farrell broke free behind the Falcon defense and was one-on-one with Guyette, who came out to challenge Farrell but was called for a handball outside the box and given a red card. The Tigers' leading scorer, Kevin Walsh, fired the ensuing direct free kick from 19 yards past backup goalie Paul Elsbernd to give Memphis a 3-1 lead. After the goal, Gaiser was given a red card and the Falcons finished the game with just eight players on the field.

Memphis had only five shots on goal, while the Falcons could muster only four. Guyette had one save for Air Force, while Goodlett posted two for Memphis.

Alabama A&M 3, Air Force 1
Mosito Ranko scored two goals, including one just 12 seconds into the game, and Cornell Castle added another as the Alabama A&M men's soccer team downed the Air Force Academy, 3-1, Sunday at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Alabama A&M, which snapped a six-game losing streak, improved to 2-6-0, while the Falcons dropped their sixth straight game and are 0-6-1.

Ranko opened the scoring with the quickest goal to start a game in stadium history. He took a pass from Lwazi Maziya that cleared the Air Force defense and chipped a shot from 25 yards over Air Force goalie Paul Elsbernd. Elsbernd was in net after junior Brian Guyette was one of three Air Force starters, including Brendan Greenaway and Reid Gaiser, to miss the game after receiving red cards in Friday's game against Memphis.

Castle gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead just 3:45 into the contest by taking a crossing feed from Ranko and beating Elsbernd from 16 yards. After that goal, the Air Force defense clamped down and the Falcons controlled the game. Air Force outshot Alabama A&M 20-5 in total shots and 8-4 in shots on goal. Air Force had a chance to cut the lead in half but Jason Belvill's rocket from 30 yards as the first half expired hit the post.

Despite dominating the play on the field, Ranko made the score 3-0 in the 56th minute. He took a pass from Maziya and dribbled to the top of the box and sent a shot on the ground that went under Elsbernd's arms and into the net.

Air Force junior Chris Mathews made sure the Falcons avoided a shutout in the 66th minute when he scored the first goal of his career. After a Jason Belvill free kick, a scramble in front of the net ensued and Mathews put a shot from 18 yards to the top of the net past Bulldog goalie Paul Musoke. Mathews had hit the post with a shot about two minutes earlier.

Musoke made seven saves for Alabama A&M, while Elsbernd made one for the Falcons.



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