Falcons Host Denver on Saturday

    Senior Chris Mathews leads the Falcons with three assists this year
    Senior Chris Mathews leads the Falcons with three assists this year

    Nov. 7, 2007

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    Game #16
    Air Force Falcons vs. Denver Pioneers
    Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007
    1 p.m. at USAFA, Colo.

    Game Notes

    Records
    Air Force -- 4-10-1, 2-5 MPSF
    Denver -- 8-4-3, 4-1-2 MPSF

    Coaches
    Air Force -- Doug Hill (4-10-1 at AFA and Career)
    Denver -- Bobby Muuss (8-4-3 at DU and Career)

    Recent Results
    Air Force -- Defeated San Jose State, 3-2 (ot); Lost to Sacramento State, 1-0
    Denver -- Defeated Sacramento State, 3-2; Defeated San Jose State, 2-1 (ot)

    Top Players
    Air Force -- Senior Ian Hauck leads the team in scoring with six points (3g)
    Denver -- Kyle Christensen (8g) leads the Pioneers with 16 points

    Falcons Split Games in California
    The Air Force Falcons split a pair of MPSF games last weekend in California. The Falcons defeated San Jose State, 3-2 in overtime on Friday, Nov. 2, then fell, 1-0, to Sacramento State on Sunday, Nov. 4. Air Force won the game against SJSU on an own goal by the Spartans in the extra frame. Seniors Ian Hauck and Chris Mathews scored for the Falcons. On Sunday, the Falcons gave up a goal in the 79th minute, then missed a penalty kick with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

    Hauck Takes Over Scoring Lead
    Senior Ian Hauck took over the team's scoring lead with his goal against San Jose State. He now has team-highs of three goals and six points. Mathews, Andy Nigro and Kyle Schafer each has five points. Mathews leads the team with three assists, while Nigro has attempted a team-best 12 shots on goal.

    In-State Rivalry Continues
    Air Force plays the first of three consecutive home games to close out the 2007 season this Saturday, Nov. 10 against in-state rival Denver at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons downed the Pioneers, 2-1, earlier this season in Denver thanks to goals by Andy Nigro and Kyle Moses. The Falcons, who have lost eight games this season by one goal, are tied for fifth in the MPSF with a 2-5 conference record.

    Guyette Still Tops in Saves
    Senior goalie Brian Guyette continues to lead the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation by averaging 5.87 saves per game after making 17 saves, including 12 against San Jose State, last weekend. Guyette is also tied for third in the MPSF with a 1.45 GAA. Mathews, meanwhile, is 13th in the conference with 0.2 assists per game. He leads the team with three helpers this season.

    Last Weekend's Recaps
    Air Force 3, San Jose State 2
    The Air Force men's soccer team defeated San Jose State, 3-2, in overtime Friday night at Spartan Stadium thanks to an own goal by the Spartans less than three minutes into the extra frame. Sophomore Josh Rhynard received credit for the goal after an SJSU defender knocked a crossing pass into his own net past Spartan goalie Richard Mann.
    With the victory, which snapped a four-game winless streak in overtime games for the Falcons, Air Force improved to 4-9-1 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Spartans fell to 8-7 and 3-3.
    Rhynard, who has two goals this season, assisted on a goal by senior Chris Mathews in the 63rd minute to tie the game at 2-all and set up the overtime situation. Rhynard took two shots from point-blank range that Mann saved before Mathews knocked the ball into the net for his first tally of the campaign.
    After a scoreless first half, the goals came quickly, starting in the 51st minute when SJSU's Ismael Ibarra headed a pass from Gavin Wenyon past Falcon goalie Brian Guyette for a 1-0 lead. Air Force senior Ian Hauck tied the game in the 53rd minute flicked a shot past Mann off a corner kick. Sophomore Kevin Rosser was credited with the assist.
    The Spartans took the lead again in the 55th minute when Sam Shore took a shot from 15 yards that eluded Guyette, who had deflected a pass right to Shore. Guyette, the MPSF's leader in saves per game, finished with 12 saves, while Mann had four for SJSU. The Spartans outshot Air Force, 20-14 in total shots and 14-8 in shots on goal.

    Sacramento State 1, Air Force 0
    For the second time in two weeks, the Air Force men's soccer team suffered a one-goal loss to Sacramento State, falling 1-0 on a game-winning header by Brandon Baggett in the 79th minute Sunday at Hornet Soccer Field. With the win, the Hornets improve to 4-10-2 on the season, including a 3-3-1 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, while the Falcons fall to 4-10-1 and 2-5-0 in the MPSF.
    The contest was a hard fought battle, with 40 combined fouls and five cautions awarded between the two teams. Shots, however, were at a premium, as the teams combined for just five shots in the first 45 minutes of soccer.
    Action picked up in the second half, as the teams combined for 15 shots, including eight on goal. Sacramento State was awarded a throw in deep in its own offensive third, and was able to capitalize in the 79th minute. Junior Omar Martinez took the throw in, and found fellow defender Adam Ownes. Owens was then able to flick the ball backwards to the awaiting head of Baggett, who floated a header over Falcon goalie Brian Guyette to give the Hornets a 1-0 advantage.
    Air Force, which has suffered eight losses by one goal this season, had a golden opportunity to tie the match at 1-1 in the 87th minute, as the Falcons were awarded a penalty kick for a foul inside the penalty area. Andy Nigro, who has three goals against the Hornets over the past two seasons, took the shot, but Hornet 'keeper Ryan Kenny made a punch save and corralled the ball to keep the shutout intact.
    Both teams finished the contest with 10 shots, with Guyette posting five saves and Kenny posting four saves. Air Force also collected a team save in the loss.

     

     

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