Falcons Head West This Weekend

    Senior goalie Matt Underwood
    Senior goalie Matt Underwood

    Oct. 25, 2012

    Game #17
    Air Force Falcons vs. UNLV Rebels
    Friday, Oct. 26 / 7 p.m.
    Peter Johann Memorial Field / Las Vegas, Nev.

    Game #18
    Air Force Falcons vs. CSU Baskersfield Roadrunners
    Sunday, Oct. 28 / 1 p.m.
    Main Soccer Field / Bakersfield, Calif.

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    Falcons Head West This Weekend
    The Air Force Falcons hit the road this weekend for pair of conference games against Pacific Division teams. The Falcons will face UNLV on Friday, Oct. 26 beginning at 7 p.m., and CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.

    Air Force is 8-6-2 and 5-1-1 in the MPSF and leads the entire conference with 16 points, one ahead of 10th-ranked New Mexico. UNLV enters the weekend with a 5-11-1 overall record and a 3-4 mark in league play, while CSU Bakersfield leads the Pacific Division with a 7-4-4 overall record and 4-3 in the MPSF.

    Falcons Sweep a Pair at Home Last Weekend
    The Falcons gained an important six points with a couple of victories at home last weekend. They defeated Seattle, 1-0, on Friday thanks to a 21st minute goal by senior Kevin Durr, then defeated San Jose State 3-1 on Sunday. It was the first home sweep this season for Air Force.

    Underwood Up There in MPSF Stats
    Senior goalie Matt Underwood continues to lead the MPSF with six shutouts and is second in saves (61) and save percentage (.782) and third in goals-against average (1.02).

    As a team, the Falcons are tied for No. 3 in the MPSF with just 17 goals allowed.

    Just One Point Makes the Tournament
    Air Force needs just one tie in its final three games to secure a spot in the 2012 MPSF Tournament, held Nov. 8-11 in Albuquerque, N.M.

    Seniors Honored Prior to Final Home Game
    AFA’s 10 seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony last Sunday. Two seniors, Zane Dydasco and Garrett Getschow, scored for the Falcons while Underwood posted the first point of his career with an assist on Getschow’s goal.

    Air Force 1, Seattle 0
    Senior Kevin Durr scored the game’s only goal to lead the Air Force men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Seattle University Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons continue to lead the Mountain Division of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 7-6-2 overall record and a 4-1-1 mark, while Seattle fell to 2-10-1 and 0-5-1.

    Durr scored after a beautiful give-and-go play with sophomore Scott McGillivray that left Durr wide open in front of the net. He placed a shot from eight yards out to the far post that beat Redhawk goalie Shane Haworth for his third goal of the season.

    Despite scoring just one goal, the Falcons dominated every facet of the game. They outshot the Redhawks 22-9 in total shots and 7-2 in shots on goal. Senior Patrick Compton led all players with four shots, while Durr attempted three.

    Air Force came close to scoring a couple of times, as senior Garrett Getschow had a point blank look that Haworth save about 30 seconds before Durr’s goal, and McGillivray nearly made it 2-0 but his rocket from 30 yards in the 68th minute connected squarely with the crossbar and shot back into play.

    The Falcon defense once again put together a stellar effort as senior goalie Matt Underwood had to make just two saves for his league-leading sixth shutout of the season. Air Force attempted eight corner kicks, compared to zero for Seattle.

    Air Force 3, San Jose State 1
    Seniors Zane Dydasco and Garrett Getschow and sophomore Scott McGillvray scored second-half goals to give the Air Force men’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over San Jose State Sunday in the Falcons’ final home game of the 2012 season.

    After a scoreless first half, Dydasco put Air Force ahead 1-0 in the 54th minute after teammate Conor Henry gathered the ball, turned a SJSU defender around and sent a centering pass to Dydasco just inside the top of the box. Dydasco did the rest, placing a shot past Spartan keeper Michael Schwinn.

    Getschow scored the Falcons’ second goal in the 65th minute when Falcon goalie Matt Underwood fired a long kick from his goalie box that bounced over the head of a San Jose State player and found Getschow all alone behind the defense. His shot from 15 yards out eluded Schwinn and gave Air Force a 2-0 advantage. It was Getschow’s third goal of the season and Underwood’s first career point.

    McGillivray made it 3-0 in the 86th minute with the first goal of his career, sliding a shot from 13 yards past Schwinn just inside the far post. Henry and senior Kevin Durr assisted on the play. SJSU got on the board less than a minute later when Kyler McLaughlin fired a shot past Underwood.


     

     

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