Air Force flies high in season finale with 2-0 win at Grand Canyon

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PHOENIX — The Air Force shut out the Grand Canyon, 2-0, in Saturday night’s regular season finale at GCU Soccer Stadium in Phoenix. The Falcons are burning the regular season in the record books with an 8-5-3 overall record and a 7-1-1 record in the Western Athletic Conference. GCU finishes their campaign at 7-7-3, 4-3-2 WAC.

Man of the night was junior keeper Jakob Stone who was impeccable in goal, making impressive saves at key moments in the game to stave off a fiery GCU attack. Stone made seven saves on the night, a career high in his first career start and his first career shutout.

Stone was backed by a stalwart AF defense in London Aghedo, Kobey Stoup, Wills Burns, Tyler Johnson, Nick Bourgeois and Jake Chaffetz who all played significant roles in the shutout – testament to the team effort throughout throughout the season that led the Falcons to their best conference result.

Offensively, Thaddaeus Dewing led the team with three shots, but it was Kobey Stoup and Nick Bisagno who hit and finished with three points apiece.

In the 48e minute, Bisagno touched the ball to Stoup who struck with a fantastic shot from outside the penalty area, sailing the ball to the top left corner above the keeper who was just out of position. Stoup has two goals this season.

In the 69e minute the Falcons added an insurance goal via a counter attack as Jake Chaffetz acquired the ball from a Lope and pushed it to Dewing who collected the ball at full stride and placed it perfectly in the attacking path of second-year midfielder Nick Bisagno where he completed the mid-air strike. The goal is the first of Bisagno’s collegiate career. Dewing got his fourth assist of the season and Chaffetz was credited with his third.

GCU took 17 shots in the game to no avail. Midfielder Bright Nutornutsi led the game with five shots, three of which were on target.

Next, the Falcons will return to the field in the WAC Tournament Semifinals on Nov. 11 in Riverside, Calif. The Falcons will face the winner of Game 2 between No. 4 Utah Valley and No. 5 California Baptist in the first round. The semi-final match is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday.

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