Sept. 12, 2010
USAFA, Colo. -
In its final home game of the season, the 19th-ranked Air Force water polo team was able to hold on for an 11-7 victory over conference opponent Chapman Sunday morning at the Cadet Water Polo Pool. With the win, the Falcons improve to 3-3 on the season and 3-2 in the Western Water Polo Association.
The Falcons dominated the opening period of action, rolling to a 4-0 advantage in the first eight minutes of play. Air Force added two more goals in the opening minute of the second quarter, taking a 6-0 lead before Chapman got on the board for the first time with a 5-meter goal at the 5:11 mark in the period.
Air Force scored the next two goals, getting its largest lead of the game just over two and a half minutes before the end of the second period, as a tally from junior Anson Harvey (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) put the Falcons up 8-1. However, the Panthers registered the final two goals of the half, including a score with just seven seconds on the clock.
Chapman continued to rally in the third period, getting back to within three goals by shutting out the Falcons, 2-0, in the quarter. Air Force had the opportunity to extend its advantage, but came up short on a pair of 5-meter attempts in the third quarter.
Freshman Josh Stedman (Brea, Calif.) registered his third goal of the day early in the final period to put the Falcons up by four points. The score remained at 9-5 in favor of Air Force until the last three minutes of the contest, when the two teams traded goals. However, Chapman never got closer than three the rest of the way, as a penalty shot by senior captain Bobby Geiger (Buellton, Calif.) in the final minute sealed the 11-7 Air Force victory.
Geiger led the Falcons with four goals, followed by Stedman with three and Taque Patino (Jr., Rockford, Mich.) with two scores, while Harvey and Matt Shields (Sr., Gilroy, Calif.) registered a goal each. In addition, sophomore goalkeeper Mike Fish (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) posted seven saves in one half of action. Meanwhile, Pierre Masson led the Panthers’ offense with three scores.
The Falcons are back in action next weekend, Sept. 18-19, when they travel to Berkeley, Calif., for the annual NorCal Invitational. Meanwhile, Air Force will also head to Davis, Calif., on Sept. 20, for a contest versus WWPA rival UC Davis.
No. 19 Air Force 11, Chapman 7
Chapman 0 3 2 2 7
Air Force 4 3 0 4 11
Chapman Scoring: Masson 3, Parlee 2, Siordia, Waechter
AF Scoring: Geiger 4, Stedman 3, Patino 2, Harvey, Shields