Falcons Play at #5 New Mexico, Houston Baptist This Weekend
Oct. 3, 2012
Falcons Continue MPSF Play on Road This Weekend
Air Force is 4-5-1 and 1-0 in the MPSF after defeating Denver, 1-0, at home last Saturday night. New Mexico enters the weekend with an 8-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in league play, while Houston Baptist is 2-5 and 0-1.
Air Force Opens League Slate With Shutout
Falcons Up There in MPSF Stats
As a team, the Falcons are No. 3 in the MPSF with just 11 goals allowed.
Falcons Picked Third in MPSF Preseason Rankings
Air Force 1, Denver 0
Denver dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Falcons 17-4, but Air Force scored the game's only goal when senior Kevin Durr's free kick was headed by Zane Dydasco in front of the net. Several players from each team surrounded the ball, but Compton found a way to place it past DU goalie Oliver Brown. It was AFA's first shot on goal of the game and the Falcons had only one more the rest of the way.
Underwood, meanwhile, came up big in the 11th clean sheet of his career. Despite seeing only three shots on goal, he was very active on crosses and captured several of DU's 11 corner kicks.
"This is a great way to start conference play," said Air Force head coach Doug Hill. "Our objective was to get three points tonight and we found a way to get them. Matt (Underwood) and our back four played extremely well tonight, especially our two center backs, Jake Jones and Caleb Downey."
The Falcon defense got even stronger after the goal as DU attempted nine shots, but only two on net. DU's Zach Bolden led all players with four shots, while teammates Ryan Dodson and Mark Weigand each had three. Dydasco led the Falcons with two shots.
"Denver is a very good team and against teams like that, we need to put our foot on the accelerator when we have the lead," said Hill. "We need to hold the ball more and control the tempo of the game in the midfield."