Air Force Stuns No. 5 New Mexico

Caleb Downey, Air Force

Oct. 8, 2012

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AIR FORCE (5-6-1 Overall, 2-1-0 MPSF) Caleb Downey scored the only goal of the game 3:41 into overtime to lead a 1-0 upset over fifth-ranked New Mexico Friday in Albuquerque. Downey collected a throw-in from teammate Trevor Wade in the box for his first goal of the season. The win was the first for Air Force over a top-five team since beating No. 1 Creighton in the 1993 NCAA Tournament. UNM and Houston Baptist visit the Academy this week.

HOUSTON BAPTIST (3-5-1 Overall, 1-1-1 MPSF) Krystopher Tyrpak was involved in all three goals Sunday as the Huskies earned their first-ever MPSF victory, 3-2 at home over Air Force. Tyrpak assisted Leonel Munoz on the first two goals, in the 39th and 59th-minutes, before heading in the game-winner in the 69th-minute. HBU also tied Denver last Friday, 1-1, as George Kelley scored his first goal. HBU visits the Falcons and Pioneers this week.

SAN JOSE STATE (5-4-1 Overall, 2-0-1 MPSF) Freshman Garret Foster came off the bench to score both game-winners as the Spartans, the only unbeaten team in the MPSF, defeated CSU Bakersfield and UNLV on the road by identical 2-1 scores. San Jose State snapped the Roadrunners' seven-game unbeaten streak. Emmanuel Espinosa collected seven saves in goal vs. the Rebels. The Spartans host the same two opponents this weekend.

CSU BAKERSFIELD (5-2-4 Overall, 2-1-0 MPSF) Gyasi Zardes scored three goals and had one assist to lead the Roadrunners to a 1-1 MPSF weekend. He scored the lone CSUB goal in the 2-1 loss to San Jose State last Friday, before scoring twice with one assist in the 4-3 home win over Seattle U. Chuy Sanchez added a goal and an assist in the win. The Roadrunners meet the same two teams this week on the road.

NO. 5 NEW MEXICO (9-2-0 Overall, 2-1-0 MPSF) received a game-winning goal in the second overtime on Sunday to beat Denver at home, 1-0. Devon Sandoval knocked in his eighth goal of the year, unassisted at 105:37, while Victor Rodriguez picked up three saves for the shutout. The Lobos allowed just four shots on goal. New Mexico loos to avenge the home loss to Air Force this Friday on the road, followed by a visit to Denver Sunday.

UNLV (3-9-1 Overall, 1-2-0 MPSF) Julian Portugal scored once in each game as the Rebels came away with a 1-1 MPSF split last weekend. Portugal, along with Mike Mota and Sal Bernal scored, to beat Seattle U 3-0. Joe Vitale had three saves in the shutout. Portugal also tallied in the 2-1 home loss to San Jose State Sunday. UNLV travels to Seattle U Friday and San Jose State Sunday.

SEATTLE U (2-7-1 Overall, 0-2-1 MPSF) Hamza Haddadi scored twice, while Brady Ballew added a goal and an assist off the bench, but the Redhawks were edged at CSU Bakersfield Sunday, 4-3. Seattle U looks to avenge the road losses to UNLV and CSUB when they host both this weekend.

DENVER (5-3-3 Overall, 0-2-1 MPSF) Zach Bolden scored the unassisted game-tying goal in the 49th-minute at Houston Baptist last Friday. Denver then took No. 5 New Mexico into the 106th-minute Sunday in Albuquerque, but was clipped 1-0 in the second overtime. The Pioneers host the Huskies and Lobos this weekend.


San Jose State redshirt freshman striker Garret Foster (Livermore, CA/Granada HS) came off the bench to score both game-winners as the Spartans, the only unbeaten team in the MPSF, defeated CSU Bakersfield and UNLV on the road by identical 2-1 scores. Foster took three shots on the weekend, all on goal, with two finding the back of the net. The Spartans snapped the Roadrunners' seven-game unbeaten streak. Also Nominated: Krystopher Tyrpak (HBU); Devon Sandoval (UNM); Caleb Downey (AFA); Gyasi Zardes (CSUB)