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Dydasco hat-trick leads Air Force Prep past Eagles

Anthony Dion
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado ” On a rainy Saturday afternoon, Colorado Mountain College played host to the Air Force Prep Academy, with a outcome that was every bit as dreary for the Eagles as the first half weather.

Zane Dydasco scored two second half goals to complete a hat-trick for the Prep Academy (5-0-1) while another match filled with physical play left the Eagles a man down for a solid 25 minutes and left them pondering a 3-1 defeat in which they controlled the action for a good two-thirds of the contest.

The 2 p.m. start time was greeted with a thunderstorm that took nearly 25 minutes to blow through as did the tentative play by both squads. Once the sun broke through, so too did the energy of both sides.



The match was scoreless until the 13th minute when Dydasco one-timed a splendid slicing free-kick his teammate sent into the goal box from 40-yards out.

“We never stopped playing I guess,” Dydasco said. “In the first half we were kinda letting up a bit and they were beating us to the ball but for the most part we stuck it to them in the second half.”



Dydasco’s goal was all the scoring in a first half which saw the two squads really just feeling each other out. The Air Force Prep Academy’s coach for one, wasn’t too pleased with the action.

“I think in the second half, we finally started settling down and playing a possession style game as opposed to the first half where we were kinda knocking it around,” added Corbett. “In the second half we played to defeat.”

It never hurts to have a forward with the abilities of Dydasco, either.

Peter Freeman tied the score at 1 in the 56th minute when he leaked out, beat the Prep Academy defense to the ball and dropped a shot in the far corner of the net.

The tie wouldn’t last, as Prep’s Dydasco scored again, this time he deposited a penalty kick past Eagles goalie Lowell Rompf.

The goal came in the 64th minute directly after Dydasco let a wonderful opportunity slip by when he and his fellow forwards executed the weave to near perfection just above CMC’s goal box and he clanked a shot off the aluminum.

Now behind 2-1, the Eagles started to feel the pressure and Zach Northern lost his cool just enough to earn a second yellow card which sent him off the pitch.

“Anytime you lose a player to a red card like that and you have to finish the game a man down, it takes a heavy toll on the players physically as well as emotionally,” CMC assistant coach John Inglehart said afterwards. “A lot of times you will see these players sort of drop their heads and it becomes hard for them to get back into it.

“Obviously we were hoping for a better result but I can’t criticize the way they played, they really did dominate the game for the most part just not on the scoreboard.”

Playing a man down for the remainder of the contest, the Eagles never seemed to be able to recover and Dydasco made sure of that, completing his hat-trick in the 89th minute just for good measure.

“He’s phenomenal,” said Air Force Prep Academy head coach Mark Corbett of Dydasco. “He’s definitely our leading scorer, very creative at the top. He just makes opportunities happen and knows how to put it in the back of the net so you can’t complain there.”

The loss was another tough one for an Eagles squad which is in constant upheaval and was trying to rebound off of a disappointing 4-2 loss to Western Wyoming Community College on Friday night. A game in which the Eagles saw a 2-0 lead disappear. Now, CMC takes to the road for three weekend games starting with a Friday match against Northern Idaho.


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