Air Force Won Two Games at the Penn Classic
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DENVER (1-1-2 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) went overtime for the fourth straight game for the first time since 1997, though this past Saturday it was Ryan Dodson's 97th-minute counter-attack that delivered the Pioneers' first win of the year, a 2-1 final over St. Louis. Mark Weigand had scored the equalizer in the 75th-minute. The five-game homestand concludes this weekend with Presbyterian Friday (Sept. 14) and Oral Roberts Sunday (Sept. 16).
AIR FORCE (2-2-1 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) Matt Underwood allowed just one goal in 180 minutes of action this weekend as the Falcons defeated Pennsylvania (2-1) and Villanova (1-0) at the Penn Soccer Classic. His 11-save road trip included a season-high nine saves against previously undefeated Villanova on Sunday, his ninth career shutout. Oral Roberts and Presbyterian visit this weekend.
NO. 8 NEW MEXICO (3-1-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) senior midfield Nik Robson scored his first goal in a Lobo uniform in No. 8 New Mexico's 2-0 victory over No. 25 Alabama-Birmingham in Friday's home opener. Robson's 57th-minute strike came off an assist from junior Michael Calderon at the top of the box. All three Lobo wins have been against ranked opponents. Dartmouth and nationally-ranked UC Irvine visit Albuquerque this weekend.
SAN JOSE STATE (1-2-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) junior striker Jonathan Salceda was involved in four of the Spartans five goals, via two goals and two assists, en route to a 5-3 win at Santa Clara Sunday. The six points is a 2012 MPSF-High. Steve Sanchez had the game-winner and Michael Schwinn collected eight saves. San Jose State stays on a local road swing, visiting Stanford Wednesday (Sept. 12) and Sacramento State Sunday (Sept.16).
UNLV (1-4-1 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) Nick Marshall posted two goals and two assists, as the Rebels won their first game of the year over CS Northridge (3-1), and nearly upset undefeated UC Riverside (4-3, 2 OT). Marshall scored Friday's game-winner early in the second-half, and followed up with an assist on a late third goal. Joe Vitale had 10 saves in the win. UNLV hosts Syracuse and Canisius in this weekend's UNLV Nike Invitational (Sept. 14 & 16).
CSU BAKERSFIELD (1-1-3 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) tied St. Mary's 1-1 last Friday in Moraga, as Eduardo Caldaza scored in the 51st-minute and goalkeeper Eric Shannon recorded eight saves. CSUB returned home Monday and earned a 2-1 win over CS Fullerton, as Shannon picked up nine more saves, while David Velasquez and Christian Duarte scored. The Roadrunners stay home for a Friday (Sept. 14) game with Sacramento State.
HOUSTON BAPTIST (2-3-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) sophomore forward Christian Cruz scored his second goal of the season in as many contests, a 74th-minute tally, in a 3-2 loss at San Diego State last Friday. The Huskies then dropped a 2-0 outcome at San Diego Sunday, and remain in California for a Tuesday (Sept. 11) game in Berkeley vs. the Cal Bears.
SEATTLE U (1-3-0 Overall, 0-0-0 MPSF) came up short in road contests at Sacramento State (2-0) and Nebraska-Omaha (3-2) last week, and now turns its attention to Big West Powerhouse UC Santa Barbara for a Sunday (Sept. 16) home contest. That home date begins a stretch of four straight in Seattle to finish the month. Brady Ballew and Race Sciabica scored, and Bobby Segal assisted, in Omaha.
JONATHAN SALCEDA MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
San Jose State junior striker Jonathan Salceda (San Jose, CA/Oregon State) was involved in four of the five Spartan goals, collecting a 2012 MPSF-High six points on two goals and two assists, en route to a 5-3 win at Santa Clara. Off his 38th- minute throw-in, the Spartans got an equalizer at 1-1. Salceda then drove down the sideline, and in a one-on-one confrontation with the `keeper, tucked the ball to the near post for a 2-1 lead in the 68th-minute. In the 80th-minute, Salceda bent a shot from mid-field into an open net after the `keeper misplayed a clearing kick. Finally in the 82nd-minute, he assisted on what would be the game-winner. ...Also Nominated: Christian Cruz (HBU); Nick Marshall (UNLV); Nik Robson (NM); Matt Underwood (AF); Ryan Dodson (DEN)