Sept. 27, 2012
Air Force Falcons vs. Denver Pioneers
Saturday, Sept. 29 / 7 p.m.
Cadet Soccer Stadium / USAFA, Colo.
The Air Force Falcons play their first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game of the 2012 season this Saturday, Sept. 29 against the Denver Pioneers at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free to the public. Air Force is 3-5-1 after dropping a pair of 2-0 decisions on the West Coast last weekend, while the Pioneers are 5-1-2 after defeating Northern Illinois, 3-2, and Fairfield, 2-1, last weekend. Denver enters the game with a five-game winning and seven-game unbeaten streak.
Air Force Loses Two in California
The Falcons lost both of their games last weekend in California. Air Force fell 2-0 to Cal State Fullerton last Thursday, then lost to Cal State Northridge on Saturday by the same score. Senior goalie Matt Underwood made nine saves during the two games.
Falcons Up There in MPSF Stats
Kevin Durr is ranked No. 4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for shots with 26 and is sixth in the league in shots per game at 2.89. In addition, Matt Underwood is tied for first in the league with 39 saves, second in shutouts (3) and save percentage (.780) and third in goals-against average (1.17) and saves per game (4.33). As a team, the Falcons are tied for third in the MPSF with 138 shots and fewest goals allowed with 11.
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.
CSU Fullerton 2, Air Force 0
Cal State Fullerton's Anthony Rosales and Jesse Escalante each found the back of the net and the Titans' defense teamed up for its first shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over Air Force Thursday night at Titan Stadium. The Titans improved to 3-6 overall on the season, while Air Force fell to 3-4-1. Air Force had the first two solid chances of the match as Kevin Durr's rocket from the top of the box off a pass from Zane Dydasco clanged off the left post in the sixth minute and Dydasco's chance in the 14th minute off a turnover scooted just wide. With time running down in the first half, Rosales who put Fullerton on the board first, converting on a header off a corner from Mario Alvarez for the 1-0 lead with just eight seconds remaining in the half. Escalante added an insurance goal in the 78th minute, blasting home a rebound of a shot by Julian Okai over an outstretched Matt Underwood in net for the 2-0 lead. Fullerton outshot Air Force, 19-11, for the match, putting seven on frame. Mark Vasquez and Ian Ramos, who had an attempt smothered from close-in to start the second half, each had three shots to pace the Titans while Dydasco finished with four shots to pace the Falcons. Junior goalkeeper Robbie Hannon, playing in place of redshirt freshman Adam Zepeda after a red card against Syracuse on Sept. 16, posted his first shutout as a Titan, finishing with four saves on the night while Underwood was credited with five saves for Air Force.
CSU Northridge 2, Air Force 0
Sagi Lev-Ari and Edwin Rivas each scored and Michael Abalos made three saves as the Cal State Northridge men's soccer team downed Air Force, 2-0, Saturday night in Northridge, Calif. The Matadors improved to 6-3 this season, while Air Force fell to 3-5-1. Lev-Ari scored his ninth goal of the season in the 15th minute when he fired a shot from 20 yards out after receiving a touch pass from David Turcios off of a free kick. Air Force outshot CSUN, 7-6, in the first half but could not find the net as Abalos made all three of his saves in the first 45 minutes. Rivas added an insurance goal in the 81st minute after a pass from Carlos Benavides found him down the right side. Rivas moved the ball into the box and beat Falcon goalie Matt Underwood, who finished the game with four saves, including three in the second half. The Matadors outshot Air Force, 17-14 for the match, putting six on frame. Rivas led all players with six shots while senior Zane Dydasco finished with four shots to pace the Falcons.