Oct. 11, 2012
Air Force Falcons vs. #8 New Mexico Lobos
Friday, Oct. 12 / 7 p.m.
Cadet Soccer Stadium / USAFA, Colo.
Air Force Falcons vs. Houston Baptist Huskies
Sunday, Oct. 14 / 1:30 p.m.
Cadet Soccer Stadium / USAFA, Colo.
Falcons Play Pair of Rematches at Home This Weekend
The Air Force Falcons continue action in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this weekend at Cadet Soccer Stadium with a pair of reamatches from last weekend. The Falcons will face 8th-ranked New Mexico on Friday, Oct. 12 beginning at 7 p.m., and league-newcomer Houston Baptist on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Air Force is 5-6-1 and 2-1 in the MPSF after upsetting fifth-ranked UNM, 1-0 in overtime, in Albuquerque last Friday and falling to Houston Baptist, 3-2, on Sunday. 8th-ranked New Mexico enters the weekend with a 9-2 overall record and a 2-1 mark in league play, while Houston Baptist is 3-5-1 and 1-1-1.
First Top 5 Victory in Nearly Two Decades
Junior Caleb Downey certainly knows how to make the most of his trips to Albuquerque, N.M. Two years ago, he scored the first goal of his career in a 3-2 victory at the UNM Soccer Complex, then last Friday night scored the second goal of his career 3:41 into overtime as the Air Force men’s soccer team stunned the 5th-ranked Lobos 1-0 in front of 3,205 fans.
The victory was the first for Air Force against a top-5 ranked team since upsetting No. 1 Creighton, 2-1 in four overtimes, in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament.
Falcons Up There in MPSF Stats
Senior goalie Matt Underwood leads the MPSF with five shutouts and is second in saves (50) and save percentage (.781) and third in goals-against average (1.12).
As a team, the Falcons are tied No. 3 in the MPSF with just 14 goals allowed.
Downey named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week
For his offensive and defensive efforts against New Mexico, Caleb Downey was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week last weekend. Not only did he score the only goal in AFA’s stunning upset over UNM, he helped shut down the MPSF’s highest scoring team.
Air Force 1, New Mexico 0 (ot)
Junior Caleb Downey certainly knows how to make the most of his trips to Albuquerque, N.M. Two years ago, he scored the first goal of his career in a 3-2 victory at the UNM Soccer Complex, then Friday night scored the second goal of his career 3:41 into overtime as the Air Force men’s soccer team stunned the 5th-ranked Lobos 1-0 in front of 3,205 fans.
The victory was the first for Air Force against a top-5 ranked team since upsetting No. 1 Creighton, 2-1 in four overtimes, in the 1993 NCAA Tournament. With tonight’s win, Air Force moves into sole possession of first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Mountain Division with a 2-0 league record and improved to 5-5-1 overall. The Lobos, who saw their seven-game winning streak snapped, fell to 8-2 and 1-1.
Downey scored the game-winner after senior Trevor Wade sent a long throw in towards the box that was misplayed by UNM goalie Victor Rodriguez. After several players collided, the ball ended up at Downey’s feet and he sent a shot to the far post that New Mexico’s Kyle Venter tried to block but the ball deflected off him and into the net. It was Air Force’s eighth total shot and just its second shot on goal for the entire game.
The Lobos attempted 15 total shots and put four on goal but could not solve Air Force keeper Matt Underwood, who posted his second straight shutout and fifth of the season. He made four saves and has not allowed a goal in over 193 minutes of game action.
Houston Baptist 3, Air Force 2
Leonel Munoz scored two goals and Kristpher Tyrpek added a goal and an assist as the Houston Baptist men’s soccer team upset MPSF-leading Air Force, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Sorrels Field in Houston, Texas.
Air Force (5-6-1, 2-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) scored the game’s first goal in the 20th minute, as Garrett Getschow notched his first goal of the season, assisted by Eric Tise. Tise sent a long pass up the field and Getschow one-touched it, lobbing it over keeper Zach Harwerth.
HBU (3-5-1, 1-1-1) tied the match in the 39th minute as Munoz scored his first of the match, assisted by Tyrpak. Tyrpak sent a backwards pass, using the heel of his foot to send the ball to Munoz, who went up the left side. His shot went underneath AFA keeper Matt Underwood’s left arm into the lower right corner of the net. HBU then scored twice in a 10-minute span in the second half for a 3-1 lead.
Tise then scored his first career goal in the 81st minute to make the score 3-2.