Oct. 26, 2010
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Air Force Falcons vs. Seattle Univ. Redhawks
Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
2:30 p.m. at Seattle, WA
Air Force Falcons vs. CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners
Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010
1 p.m. at Bakersfield, CA
Falcons Continue MPSF Play at Seattle, Bakersfield
The Air Force Falcons continue Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play this weekend with a pair of games on the road. On Friday, Oct. 29, Air Force plays at Seattle University at 2:30 p.m., then at Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. The Falcons are 6-9 overall and 4-3 in league play and in second place in the MPSF's Mountain Division after sweeping a pair of home games last weekend. Air Force defeated San Jose State, 2-0, on Friday and Sacramento State, 2-1, on Sunday.
Big Weekend as Air Force Sweeps Pair at Home
Last weekend, the Falcons swept a pair of games at Cadet Soccer Stadium for the first time this season. Air Force used goals from senior John Tilton and sophomore Conor Henry to defeat the San Jose Spartans, 2-0 on Friday. Tilton scored his first of the season in the season just 11 minutes into the game by heading in a corner kick from sophomore Zane Dydasco. Henry added an insurance goal with 2:31 remaining and sophomore goalie Matt Underwood made four saves in earning his second career shutout.
On Sunday, Air Force trailed 1-0 at halftime to Sacramento State but completed a furious second half rally when sophomore Kevin Durr scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season with 15 minutes left to give the Falcons a 2-1 victory. Senior Kyle Moses, playing his final game at Cadet Soccer Stadium, evened the game at 1-all with his third goal of the season in the 56th minute. Underwood, who replaced senior Patrick Gould at halftime, made two saves to post his sixth win.
Falcons Move into Second Place in Division
With its two victories at home this past weekend, Air Force moved into second place in the MPSF's Mountain Division with 12 points. The Falcons are one point behind division leader New Mexico and one point ahead of third-place Denver. With the league splitting into two divisions this season, the top two teams from each division as well as the next two top teams, regardless of division, advance to the league's postseason tournament, which begins on Thursday Nov. 11 at Sacramento, Calif.
Underwood's Still Up There in Saves
Sophomore keeper Matt Underwood, who did not allow a goal in 135 minutes of action this past weekend, is fourth in the MPSF in saves with 56. Underwood, who earned his second career shutout last Friday night against San Jose State, has a .737 saves pct., and a 1.56 goals-against average.
Falcons Lead The League in Shots
Air Force continues to lead the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 253 shots taken. New Mexico is second with 224 shots. Of the 253 shots, 82 have been on goal.
Individually, sophomore Kevin Durr leads the conference with 48 total shots. Durr leads the team with 18 shots on goal, followed by senior Kyle Moses with 15 and sophomore Zane Dydasco with nine. Durr is tied for the lead in the MPSF with four game-winning goals.
Series vs. Opponents
Seattle and CSU Bakersfield each hold a 1-0 advantage in the overall series with Air Force. Each team beat the Falcons last year. Seattle defeated Air Force, 2-1 in double overtime, while CSUB also beat the Falcons, 2-1.
Falcons Picked Eighth in Preseason Poll
The Falcons were picked eighth in the 2010 MPSF preseason coaches poll, voted on by the league's eight head coaches. New Mexico received 46 points and four of eight first-place votes in earning the No. 1 spot, while defending MPSF champion Sacramento State collected 43 points and three top votes in taking second in the poll. Denver was picked third with 31 points, followed by CSU Bakersfield, San Jose State, Seattle, UNLV and Air Force.