Air Force Trips Up Visiting Zags 4-1
Sept. 25, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Gonzaga Bulldogs fell 4-1 to Air Force on the road on Sunday afternoon, in their final non-conference tune-up before they start West Coast Conference play.
The Falcons led 1-0 at the half, but three second half goals put this one out of reach for the Zags. Jake Kempf scored his first goal of the year in the lone goal for the Zags at 75:10, making the match 3-1 at the time. AFA scored 10 minutes later to make the final 4-1. Kempf’s opportunity came unassisted as he beat the keeper one-on-one in the lower right slot.
The Falcons came out early with three early shots before things settled midway through the first half. Colton Cavey put GU’s first shot on goal in the 42nd minute, but less than a minute later John Sims broke the tie with AFA’s first goal of the match. Jakob Granlund had an early shot on goal to try and tie the match in the second half. Christo Michaelson then had his shot saved before Air Force made it 2-0 at the 55:15 mark. Michaelson had a header chance, but at 66:11 AFA made it 3-0 with a goal down the right side. GU finally broke through in the 75th minute, but the two-goal deficit was too much at the time to overcome.
“The match was even for the first half and early in the second, but after their second goal we pushed forward and they took advantage of that with some chances,” head coach Einar Thorarinsson said. “We didn’t play our best today, but Air Force is a very good opponent. I can see the signs that we are fatigued from playing six matches in about two weeks, with five of them on the road. This break comes at a good time as we will train, rest, and get healthy before WCC play.”
Air Force held the shot advantage 12-8 and but only 7-6 in shots on goal, but they did score on four of those seven chances. AFA also took the 7-5 advantage in corner kicks. Ben Willis and Toby Holstein split time in goal for GU, with Willis making three saves and Holstein recording one.
Gonzaga will take a lengthy break before returning to the friendly confines of Luger Field, where they are unbeaten this year, to face Portland at 2 pm in the start of WCC action.
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