Four Air Force Soccer Players Earn Academic All-Conference Honors
USAF, Colo. - Four players on the Air Force soccer team earned academic all-conference honors for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Mike Alfaro, Noah Merica-Jones, Matt Rabe and Mike Taylor were all recognized for academic excellence.
Alfaro, a junior defender from San Antonio, Texas, earned a 3.55 GPA. Alfaro started in 13 of the team's 15 games this season, anchoring a solid defense that gave up one or fewer goals in 10 games. He is majoring in mechanical engineering.
Noah Merica-Jones, a sophomore defender from Jamul, Calif., earned a 3.50 GPA. He played in 11 games, starting in seven. He notched an assist in the Falcons' 2-0 victory over Fresno State. He is majoring in management.
Matt Rabe, a junior defender from Dayton, Ohio, earned a 3.80 GPA. Rabe started in all 15 games for the Falcons. He was a solid defender, but also a scoring threat. He was fourth on the team in scoring with one goal and two assists.
Mike Taylor, a sophomore goalkeeper from Arvada, Colo., earned a 3.86 GPA. Taylor shared time at goalkeeper, playing in eight games. He surrendered just four goals on the season, and is credited with 4.5 of the team's five shutout victories.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation recognizes student-athletes
academic excellence in the classroom, as well as their individual
accomplishments in intercollegiate athletics for the 2000 season.
Qualifying student-athletes must possess a cumulative grade point
3.0 or better; must be at least a sophomore academically; must
completed at least one full academic year at the institution they
currently competing at; and must have participated in 50 percent
or more to
their institution's competition in their particular sport.