The Air Force Downs Houston Baptist, 2-1
HOUSTON – The Air Force recovered from an early deficit to defeat Houston Baptist, 2-1, in a Western Athletic Conference game on Sunday afternoon at Emery Weiner School. The Falcons, now 3-0 in the conference, improve to 4-4-1 this season while HBU drops to 2-8 overall with a 0-3 record in the league.
For the second game in a row, the Air Force‘s offense doubled down on opposition in attempted shots and shots on target, taking 20 shots in total and nine shots on goal. The Air Force averages five more shots per game than its opponents.
Although the Huskies took an early lead with a sixth-minute goal, the Falcons didn’t give in, pushing the pace for another 70 minutes before scoring the tying goal.
Tristan trager, who clocked a career-high eight shots on Friday, again led the offense with the tying goal at 75e minute. Pivot Defender London Aghedo and senior midfielder Michael neacsu helped Trager in the strike. Trager has scored three goals this weekend and has five to his name this season. He concluded the match with a record seven shots, four of which were on target.
Less than 10 minutes later, Aghedo helped his freshman teammate Stoup of Kobey with the winning goal in the 84e minute. The goal marked the first of Stoup’s college career. Aghedo, who has anchored the Falcon defense all season, has three assists this year. Aghedo, Trager and junior defender Jake chaffetz timed 90 minutes of action.
In the final horn, the senior keeper Kainoa likewise earned their fourth goal win this season. He made two saves on the game.
“I was proud of the guys for overcoming the deficit and sticking to the game plan”, head coach Doug hill noted. “We showed a lot of tenacity and courage to come back and win. It’s good to get conference wins on the road, now we need to focus on closing our next two at home.”
Then, the Air Force returns to Cadet Soccer Stadium to welcome UTRGV and Incarnate Word, respectively Friday (October 8) and Sunday (October 10). The action is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. MT and 1:00 p.m. MT.
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