No. 17 Air Force Drops Two Games At Aggie Shootout
Oct. 29, 2006
Davis, Calif. - The Air Force water polo team wrapped up its weekend at the Aggie Shootout with a pair of losses on Sunday, falling to No. 16 Santa Clara, 12-8, and No. 14 Long Beach State, 8-7. The Falcons go into the final weekend of the regular season with a 9-14 overall record and 5-4 mark in the WWPA.
Air Force opened up the day with a game versus conference rival Santa Clara. While senior Kyle Schafer (Irvine, Calif.) put the Falcons on the board first, the opening period went back and forth, ending in a 3-3 tie. Three unanswered goals by the Broncos put Santa Clara up 6-3 before a man-up goal by Air Force junior Clark Condict (Irvine, Calif.) cut the deficit to two points going into intermission.
Two more Santa Clara scores to begin the third period put the Broncos up by four points, and despite a goal from senior Danny Kimmich (La Jolla, Calif.) to get the Falcons back within two at the end of the period, Air Force would get no closer. The Broncos outscored Air Force 3-1 in the final quarter to take the 12-8 victory.
The final game of the weekend for Air Force pitted the Falcons against non-conference foe Long Beach State. The 49ers led 2-1 at the end of the opening period, and were up by as many as three in the second period before a penalty shot by sophomore Joey Brewer (Clovis, Calif.) brought the score to 5-3 at the half.
Two goals to open the third period enabled Air Force to tie the game at 5-5, but Long Beach State again took the lead, going up 7-5. The Falcons ended the period with another score and remained within one goal for much of the final quarter, but a man-up goal with less than two minutes remaining put the 49ers up, 8-6. With 1:11 on the clock, Kimmich notched his second score of the contest, but the Falcons were unable to score again, dropping the 8-7 decision.
In addition to Kimmich's two goals, Schafer, Hines, Brewer, Condict and Tyler Hewko (So., Laguna Hills, Calif.) added a score each.
The Falcons return to action next weekend, Nov. 4-5, with four WWPA contests, facing Loyola Marymount, Redlands, Chapman and Claremont.
No. 16 Santa Clara 12, No. 17 Air Force 8