The first goal of the day was scored by Air Force’s Brendan Greenaway on a shot from the left to the near corner with an assist from Scott Muir at 32:13. The Spartans evened the game at 47:57 when Nelson Diaz scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season on a shot past the goalkeeper into the corner. San Jose State took the lead when Hiroki Akiyama scored the first goal of his collegiate career on a corner kick tapped in at the near post. Gavin Wenyon was credited with his seventh assist of the season on the goal.
“It was so crowded, I didn’t even know I scored,” Akiyama said.
Air Force tied it back up when Scott Muir scored on a rebound from David Schill at 64:06. Muir then scored the game-winner at 73:44 with assists from Schill and Clay McGillivray.
“We had the game in hand and we messed it up ourselves,” Akiyama said. “We need to get back together as a team and work hard.”
Goalkeeper Brent Douglas replaced Richard Mann at halftime for the Spartans.
“Everything started falling apart,” Douglas said. “We’ll work on our defense and our midfield play because [our next opponent] Denver is like Air Force in that they kick long balls.”
The Spartans have a rematch with Air Force next Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m. in Colorado Springs, Colo..
“We’re going to go up there trying to avenge this loss,” Douglas said about their next game against the Falcons. “We should play well. There’s no reason why not.”
The Spartans take on Denver to continue MPSF action Sunday, Oct. 23, at Spartan Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
SCORE BY HALVES: 1 2 TOTAL
Air Force 1 2 - 3
San Jose State 0 2 - 2
AF- Greenaway (Muir), 32:13
SJSU- Diaz, 47:57
AF- Akiyama (Wenyon) 60:50
AF-Muir (Schill), 64:06
AF-Muir, (Schill, McGillivray), 73:44
Air Force-4 (Brian Guyette-4)
San Jose State -4 (Richard Mann-1; Brent Douglas-3)
Air Force- 3
San Jose State-8
Air Force -18
San Jose State -20