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Falcons shred Buffalo

September 18, 2011 | 4:03 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

John Melcher and Garrett Getschow each scored twice and the Air Force men’s soccer team scored three goals in the first seven-plus minutes as the Falcons won its fourth straight game with a 6-1 victory Sunday over Buffalo at Cadet Soccer Stadium.

The Falcons, off to their best start since 2001, improved to 5-1-o, while the Bulls fell to 4-3-1.

Air Force scored three goals in the first 7:13 to take control of the game early. Getschow opened the scoring just 5:09 into the game with a shot from 18 yards out that beat Buffalo goalie Jonathan Viscosi. Melcher put the Falcons up 2-0 just 46 seconds later off an assist from Kevin Durr, then Durr notched a goal of his own at the 7:13 mark with a free kick from 20 yards to the right post to make it 3-0.

The Falcons kept the pressure on in the second half as Melcher and Getschow teamed up to make it 4-1. Melcher pounded a shot off the crossbar in the 49th minute that came right to Getschow in the box and he put it in the back of the net for his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Melcher then notched his second tally of the game in the 53rd minute with a 20-yard rocket off a pass from Durr.

Andy Tiedt scored Buffalo’s only goal in the 64th minute when he took a pass from Patrick Ryan and placed an 18-yard shot past Falcon keeper Matt Underwood.

Conor Henry scored his first goal of the season in the 87th minute for the final tally of the game. Ben Chavez hit the crossbar and Henry followed as Air Force scored six goals in one game for the first time since defeating UMKC, 6-3, on Oct. 12, 2009.

Next Up: The Falcons head to the East Coast next weekend for the UNH Nike Fall Classic in Durham, N.H. Air Force battles host New Hampshire on Friday at 5 p.m.

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