Nov. 1, 2012
Air Force Falcons vs. Denver Pioneers
Saturday, Nov. 3 / 7 p.m.
CIBER Field / Denver, Colo.
Falcons Head to Denver For Regular Season Finale
The Air Force Falcons play their final regular season game this Saturday, Nov. 3 against their in-state rival Denver Pioneers. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at CIBER Field in Denver. Air Force is 8-7-3 and 5-2-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and is in second place in the MPSF’s Mountain Division. Denver is 9-5-3 overall and 4-4-1 in league play and is third in the Mountain Division, four points behind the Falcons.
Falcons Lose and Tie Out West Last Weekend
The Falcons needed one points to secure a spot in the MPSF Tournament and that’s exactly what they got last weekend against UNLV and CSU Bakersfield. Air Force squandered two one-goal leads on Friday against UNLV before losing 3-2 in overtime, then survived a barrage of shots on Sunday against CSU-Bakersfield and battle the Roadrunners to a 1-1 draw.
MPSF Tournament Scenarios
Air Force will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the at the 2012 MPSF Tournament, held Nov. 8-11 in Albuquerque, N.M. If the Falcons beat Denver on Saturday OR CSU Bakersfield loses to UNLV on Friday OR both teams tie, the Falcons will be the No. 2 seed and receive a first-round bye. If CSU Bakersfield beats UNLV on Friday and Air Force ties or loses to DU, the Falcons will be the No. 3 seed and play the No. 6 seed on Thursday, Nov. 8. If CSU Bakersfield ties UNLV and Air Force loses to Denver, the Falcons and CSUB will be even with 17 points and the tiebreaker process will begin. With the teams playing to a tie on Sunday, the next tiebreaker is goal differential from all conference games. Heading into this weekend, CSUB is at +10 compared to +4 for Air Force.
Underwood "Saves" Game vs. CSU Bakersfield
Senior goalie Matt Underwood made a career-high 13 saves, including a couple of spectacular stops in the first half, on Sunday in the 1-1 tie with CSU Bakersfield. The Roadrunners peppered Air Force with 31 total shots and 16 on goal. Underwood’s 13 saves are the most in one game in the MPSF since 1998, as well as the third most in MPSF history (dating back to 1992).
Underwood leads the MPSF and is 16th nationally with 80 saves. He also leads the league in save percentage (.792) and is second with six shutouts and third in goals-against average (1.11).
As a team, the Falcons are No. 2 in the MPSF in saves and fourth with just 21 goals allowed.
The Falcons will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for the 2012 MPSF Tournament, which begins on Thursday, Nov. 8.
UNLV 3, Air Force 2
Mike Mota scored the game-tying and game-winning goal Friday night to lead the UNLV men’s soccer team to a 3-2 overtime victory over Air Force at Johann Memorial Field in Las Vegas, Nev. With the loss, Air Force falls out of first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mountain Division, two points behind 10th-ranked New Mexico, which beat San Jose State 1-0 Friday. The Falcons fell to 8-7-2 overall and 5-1-2 in the MPSF, while UNLV improved to 6-11-1 and 4-4.
After a scoreless first half, the Falcons got on the board first when senior Kevin Durr scored his team-high fourth goal of the season in the 47th minute by curling a long free kick just inside the far post past Rebel goalie Joe Vitale. UNLV’s Salvador Bernal evened the game at 1-all in the 62nd minute after taking a pass from teammate Jonny Espinoza and placing a shot past AFA keeper Matt Underwood.
Air Force stole the lead right back just less than three minutes later (64:02) when senior Zane Dydasco scored his second goal in as many games by redirecting a crossing pass from fellow senior Jake Jones past Vitale. That lead was short-lived, however, as Mota tied the game exactly three minutes later with a free kick of his own that found the back of the net.
Mota then won it 2:37 into the first overtime period with another free kick that snuck inside the right post just past the outstretched arms of Underwood. The Rebels outshot Air Force 17-6 in total shots and 9-4 in shots on goal.
Air Force 1, CSU Bakersfield 1
The Air Force men’s soccer team battled host CSU Bakersfield to a 1-1 tie in men’s soccer action Sunday afternoon at Main Soccer Field. The Falcons, who secured a spot in the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament with the draw, moved to 8-7-3 overall and 5-2-2 in league play, while the Roadrunners are 8-4-5 and 5-3-1.
After a scoreless first half, CSUB scored in the 52nd minute on Jesus Sanchez’s fourth goal of the year. Lucas Dall’Orso and Gyasi Zardes earned the assists on the play. Air Force junior Brian Klazura evened the game in the 56th minute with a blast from 25 yards out that eluded CSUB keeper Eric Shannon.
The Roadrunners outshot the Falcons 31-12 in total shots and 16-1 on goal. Zardes led all players with 11 shots. Air Force goalie Matt Underwood saved a career-high 13 shots, including a couple of spectacular saves in the first half, and the Falcons had two team saves. Underwood’s 13 saves are the most in one game in the MPSF since 1998, as well as the third most in MPSF history (dating back to 1992).