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Soccer: Reigning champs 'dethroned'; 1st SOPS wins with numbers

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 3rd Space Operations Squadron goalie Matt Pincus saves a ball during intramural soccer action Thursday. 3rd SOPS fell to the Joint National Integration Center 3-1 for their first loss of the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lorna Gutierrez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 3rd Space Operations Squadron goalie Matt Pincus saves a ball during intramural soccer action Thursday. 3rd SOPS fell to the Joint National Integration Center 3-1 for their first loss of the season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lorna Gutierrez)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- With winds gusting, the 1st Space Operations Squadron stepped on the field and started shooting -- and scoring -- putting two balls through the goal in the first 10 minutes against the 50th Comptroller Squadron in intramural soccer action May 24. 

Up by two players throughout the game, 1st SOPS took advantage of the numbers. John Davenport (aided by Juan Gutierrez) and Adin Umana got things started for their team, scoring one each. After the scores, the aggressiveness continued, but the numbers stayed the same until Korey Kuykendall added the third and final goal midway through the second half off an assist from Adrian Fernandez. 

1st SOPS coach Dan Lee said both teams were missing good players but said he was happy with the way his forwards played during the game. 

Things got ugly in game two, with cards thrown and a champion temporarily dethroned as the Joint National Integration Center defeated 3rd SOPS 3-1. The JNIC's Jeremy Tafoya came out firing, but it was Steve Anewalt who snuck it past the goalie, putting the JNIC up 1-0. 3rd SOPS answered back quickly, with David Wilcox scoring to tie the game 1-1. 

The JNIC went back on the attack, but it was a mistake by 3rd SOPS that gave JNIC their next goal, as the ball went off a 3rd SOPS player's foot to give the JNIC a 2-1 lead. Anewalt then put another one through for the final score of the day. 

"It was a pretty good game," said JNIC coach Shaun Fairchild. "The old guys finally beat the young kids." 

With the win, the JNIC goes to 2-1-1 while 3 SOPS goes to 3-1.