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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Army men's soccer team lost a tough 1-0 overtime decision at Air Force, Saturday night before a capacity crowd of 2,132 at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
Falcon freshman Zane Dydasco scored the first goal of his career two minutes and 16 seconds into the first overtime period to seal the victory for Air Force (3-1-1).
Dydasco created a free kick for the Falcons early in the overtime period when he was knocked to the ground just outside the Army penalty box. With the Army defense still getting set for the kick, Air Force senior Kevin Rosser placed the ball and sent a short pass to Dydasco, who streaked into the box and put a shot from eight yards out past Army senior goalkeeper Nick Alexander.
Air Force got off to a quick start, putting three shots on goal in the first 15 minutes, including a point-blank shot from 10 yards out by senior Steven Noller that forced Alexander to make a diving save. The Falcons outshot Army 9-4 in the first half, and had an 11-2 advantage in the second half, partially due to Army playing a man down after senior forward Bryan Connolly received a red card in the 26th minute following a hard foul.
The Falcons outshot Army 21-6 in total shots and 6-2 in shots on goal. Air Force also held a 14-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Alexander came up big several other times for Army on his way to five saves on the evening, including a hard shot by junior John Melcher in the 38th minute that he was able to just get a glove on. Air Force goalie senior Jim Gullo made two saves in posting his second consecutive shutout and fifth of his career.
The Black Knights (1-6) will look to snap their six-game skid next Saturday when they travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy in the Patriot League opener for both squads.