USAFA, Colo. -- Ethan Spivack broke a scoreless tie with an unassisted goal in the 72nd minute Saturday night to give the Army men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Air Force in front of 1,658 fans at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Black Knights stayed perfect at 3-0 this season, while the Falcons fell to 0-3.
Joseph Chabries started the play with a pass that entered the top of the box as Air Force goalie Jake Schenk and defender Michael Thrasher both gave chase. Both Schenk and Thrasher deflected the ball and it went right to Spivak, who put the shot from the top of the box into the empty net.
Both teams had solid scoring opportunities throughout a scoreless first half. In the 24th minute, Army’s Sean Mogan fired a shot from the right side towards the far post, but the freshman Schenk, making his first career start at Cadet Soccer Stadium, dove to his right for the save. Later in the half, AFA’s Zachary Modly had a shot from 12 yards out that got past Army keeper Winston Boldt but clanged off the left post.
“With the chances we had, we need to put one or two away early in the game,” said Air Force head coach Doug Hill. “One mistake late cost us. Our fans were awesome tonight and it is too bad we didn’t give them something to cheer about.”
The Falcons dominated play in the first half, outshooting Army 8-4, and held a 16-11 advantage in total shots for the game. However, Army had six shots on goal compared to just four for the Falcons. Schenk had a career-high five saves, while Boldt had four.
“We were better in most aspects of the game, but when you don’t score, it really hurts,” said Hill. “I like the way we are playing and this type of play will bring results. The guys gave everything they had.”
The game featured seven yellow cards, six coming on the Army side. Modly led all players with four shots, while Spivack, Mogan and AFA’s Matt Payne each had three.
The Falcons travel to Oregon next weekend to take on Portland on Friday, Sept, 13 at 4:30 p.m. (PT).