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Falcons grab a pair of wins

September 9, 2011 | 10:58 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The Air Force Academy women made a second half goal stand up on Friday night, while the men needed a last-minute strike as the two teams each posted victories.

Megan Dozier’s goal in the 71st minute lifted Air Force women’s soccer to a 1-0 win over Weber State at the Cadet Soccer Stadium.

At 4-2-0, the Falcons are off to their best start since the 2003 season.

Weber State (1-4) held the advantage on shots, 14-8, and shots on goal 6-3. Felicia Sortor led the Wildcats with three shots. Ryann Waldman had three saves on the day.

Bridgett Murphy led the Falcons with two shots. Kelly Stambaugh had six saves in the shutout win at goalkeeper.

Air Force returns to action Sunday hosting Cleveland State.

Dying Moments: In the men’s match, Garrett Getschow scored the game-winning goal with just 1:34 remaining as the Air Force men’s soccer team posted a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh in the first round of the PITT / Nike Invitational.

Air Force, which won its first two road games in a season since 2004, improved to 2-1 this season, while the Panthers fell to 1-3-1.

Getschow found himself alone down the right side after taking a pass from John Melcher and sent a shot past Panther goalie Lee Johnston into the far corner of the net. It was Getschow’s second goal of the season and the first game-winner of his career. Melcher, meanwhile, posted his second assist of the season.

Pitt took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when Robert Iledare headed a free kick from Manny Morgado past Falcon ‘keeper Matt Underwood. It was the Panthers’ only shot on goal in the first half and they mustered just one more in the second half when Underwood saved a shot from Alex Harrison.

Kevin Durr evened the game in the 70th minute by blasting a 20-yard shot past Johnston into the far right corner. Conor Henry notched an assist on the play, as did Jake Jones, who posted the first point of his career.

The Falcons will play Duquesne on Sunday. The Dukes dropped a 1-0 decision to Bowling Green in double overtime in the first game Friday night.

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