Men’s College Soccer: Air Force Flies by Navy in Annapolis

Air Force Men's SoccerAnnapolis, Md. – A late burst of energy propelled the Falcons past Navy (0-3), 2-0, Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.  Late goals from Tucker Bone and Austin Dewing lifted the Falcons (2-1) to their second-straight road win this season.

The teams got off to a slow start, holding each other scoreless for the first half of play.  The Falcons got deep into the Navy box on several occasions but were unable to notch the goal.  Air Force had the advantage in first-half shots, 5-3.

It wasn’t until the 79th minute that the Falcons would light up the scoreboard.  Senior Luis Martinez sent a log ball down field where Bone received it from about eight yards off the wing of the cage.  With only the slightest hint of an angle on the frame, Bone sent in a cross-goal shot that beat the goalkeeper to the far side net. The goal marked the 2017 first-team All-American’s first of the season while Martinez was credited with his first assist.

A mere 90 seconds after the first goal, senior defender James Sims found himself atop the Midshipmen’s box with an opening.  Sims fired off a rocket that bounced off the Navy’s keeper’s chest and back out to the penalty box where his cousin, Dewing, met the ball in mid-air for a redirect into the back of the net. The goal was Dewing’s second of the season.

Junior goalkeeper Andrea Seazzu was challenged with his first shot on goal with 3:13 remaining in regulation- the 6’3″ goalie made a leaping save to deny the Midshipmen attack. Navy was unable to convert a goal before the end of the period. At the final whistle, Air Force took 11 shots to Navy’s 10 with five coming on frame.

Dewing and Zane Moxley, who are both team captains, led the Falcons with two shots apiece; both of Moxley’s were on goal.  Sims, David Louthan and Nick Blessing recorded 90 minutes of action on the Falcons’ stellar defensive line.  They, along with Seazzu, have two shut outs this season.

“It was one of those games we just had to grind out,” said head coach Doug Hill. “It got a little chaotic at times, especially in the second half.  We had a few opportunities and wanted to put the game away in the first half but we weren’t playing our best soccer. The attitude and effort was there, but we’ve got to make some adjustments to put teams like that away earlier. We have a tough match coming up on Sunday so we’ll have to make the necessary changes before then.”

“Our priority was to get the shutout,” continued Hill. “It’s a sign of a good team when you can grind out, get the win and keep your opponent scoreless. Credit to Navy for their hustle, they hung around a little too long for our comfort, so we’re going to work on putting teams away earlier.”

Air Force continues action on the road against UMBC, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, at Retriever Soccer Park in Baltimore. A live stream and live stats will be available for the match.

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