Bloomington, Ind. - Air Force concluded its record-breaking season against No.2-seed Indiana, with a two-nil loss in the round of 16, Sunday afternoon, in Bloomington, Indiana. The Falcons finalize their historic season with a 17-5 record, for the most single-season wins in program history. The top-ranked Hoosiers will take on the winner of Sunday's 3 p.m. ET match, between the No. 7-seed Notre Dame and No. 10-seeded University of Virginia. The quarterfinals match will be played Nov. 30 or Dec. 1.
The Hoosiers opened up with an early strike at the 5:32 mark where Austin Panchot took a cross ball and sent it in to the far post. Indiana struck again in the 22nd minute where Timmy Mehl headed in a crossed ball from two-yards out.
Despite being down by two goals, the Falcons settled into their game and went to work. The Air Force defense, anchored by David Louthan, Joe Ortiz and James Sims who spent all 90 minutes on the pitch, gave outstanding efforts in holding off the Hoosiers for the remainder of the match.
Aaron Uribe, Austin Guerrero and Sims tried to get something going for the Falcons' offense, taking two shots apiece on the match. Guerrero was the only Falcon to get a ball off on frame.
After a hard fought battle, the Falcons were unable to rally to the win. Junior keeper Andrea Seazzu, who concludes the season with the best goals against average in the WAC (0.74), made two saves on the day.
"We lost to a good team today," said head coach Doug Hill. "They were better than us in the first 20 minutes but after that it was a pretty even game and I think we controlled the match at some points. Knowing that we can play with some of the best teams in the Big 10 is a complement to our program and to the seniors who have had a tremendous four years spent building this program. I couldn't be prouder of the group and what we accomplished this year"
"These guys didn't only build a great program, they are quality individuals off the pitch and I really enjoyed coaching them. I'll be remembering this season for a long time. We're going to have to rebuild, but for now, we want to enjoy this moment and celebrate the great season and how far we've come."
Air Force's season will officially be brought to a close at the team celebrates its success at the annual team banquet.