Colorado Springs, Colo. - Freshman Kyler McLaughlin scored the first goal of his college career, but the San Jose State men's soccer team had already given up three goals and fell 3-1 to the Air Force Falcons on Sunday afternoon at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
McLaughlin, coming off the bench in the 73rd minute, hammered a shot from 22 yards out at the 86:08 mark which beat Falcon keeper Matt Underwood and put the Spartans on the board in a 0-3 match. Frankie Beauchamp was credited with an assist on the play, his third of the year.
San Jose State (6-7-1, 3-3-1 MPSF) struggled to get its offense going in the first half, attempting just three shots with one, by Garret Foster, on frame. Michael Schwinn, in goal for the Spartans, made four saves on nine shots by the Falcons and the sides went to the half tied 0-0.
Striker Steven Sanchez took the first shot of the second half, at the 45:31 mark, but in the 54th minute Air Force (8-6-2, 5-1-1 MPSF) took the lead on a Zane Dydasco strike. He took a pass in the middle of the field from Conor Henry and, from the top of the 18, shot it to the left of Schwinn for the 1-0 lead.
Just over 10 minutes later Matt Underwood lifted a pass over the Spartans backline to Garrett Getschow who took a shot from 18 yards out. It found the back of the net for a 2-0 Falcons lead.
The Falcons added one more goal, in the 86th minute from Scott McGillivray, to push their advantage to 3-0 with just over four minutes left in regulation.
McLaughlin's tally ended Underwood's bid for a shutout. He finished with four saves on five shots on goal and the win. For the Spartans, Schwinn faced eight shots on goal and made five saves on the day.
Overall, San Jose State was out shot 19-to-10. Diego Ochoa, Steven Sanchez and Jonathan Salceda each attempted two shots to lead the Spartans. Both Ochoa shots were on frame. The Falcons had three players with three shots each.
The Spartans finish their regular-season schedule with three home matches. San Jose State gets No. 14 New Mexico next Friday, October 26 in Spartan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.