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Air Force soars to Pitt title

September 11, 2011 | 9:25 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Brian Klazura scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 80th minute, to lead the Air Force men’s soccer team to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Duquesne on the final day of the Pitt / Nike Invitational in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Falcons captured the tournament title with a perfect 2-0 record and improved to 3-1 this season, their best start since 2004. Duquesne, meanwhile, went 0-2 during the weekend and fell to 2-2-1 on the season.

Klazura opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he took a cross from Trevor Wade and slid a shot past the right side of Duquesne goalie Colin Thorp. The Dukes evened the game when Simon Gomez took a pass from Nathan McCann and beat Falcon ‘keeper Matt Underwood in the 12th minute.

Julio Perez put Duquesne ahead 2-1 in the 64th minute with an unassisted goal into the far corner past Underwood. Falcon Garrett Getschow tied it 2 at the 78:49 mark with his second goal of the tournament. Co-captain John Melcher started the play by dribbling the ball 20 yards then slid a pass to Getschow, who scored.

Klazura then notched the game-winner just 46 seconds later with a header from five yards that beat Thorp. Zachary Modly sent the ball into the box for the first assist of his career.

Four Falcons, Klazura, junior Eric Tise, junior Kevin Durr and sophomore Caleb Downey, were named to the all-tournament team.

The Falcons return home for a pair of games next weekend, beginning against College of Charleston on Friday

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