Men’s Soccer Celebrates Tremendous 2017 Season with end of year Awards Banquet
Feb. 5, 2018

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Falcon men’s soccer program gathered at the Academy Golf Club for their annual senior recognition and awards banquet.  There was much to celebrate and plenty of achievement to recognize within a program that clinched their first ever Western Athletic Conference (WAC) 2017 Regular Season Championship. They finished the season with a 14-1-3 record ranked first in the Western Region, ranked 15th in the nation in the NCAA Coaches' poll and among the nation’s top-20 teams at the close of the regular season. 

The Falcons pressured the Virginia Tech Hokies down the very last minute in a heartbreaking exit from NCAA College Cup National Tournament back in November, but the program was in high spirits last week as they honored players, coaches, support staff, seniors, and set the tone for promising 2018 campaign.

VISUAL MEMORIES AND MOMENTOS:

The evening began with a two-part presentation produced by, and majorly stocked from the photos of, Ted Wendt, father of goalkeeper senior John, who was recognized for plying all Falcon player, staff, and families with reams of photographic memories through the last four years.  Video content also came from the fine camera work of Brian Jerman, Director/Producer of Falcon Vision, and the WAC Digital Network, where all WAC games can be viewed live during competition, and on demand.  

The first part of the presentation focused on the goals, saves and big plays of the historic 2017, during which the Falcons produced record 10 shutouts (14th in the nation), was 11th nationally for goals against average, and 9th in Won-Lost-Tied Percentage, to name a few nationally ranked stats.  In the latter part of the presentation, things got personal, as the soccer careers of each senior was featured, starting with family-supplied pictures from 5-year old soccer-tots days, through the braces and long-hair of high school and club soccer, on through the shaved-head early days of their freshman years, and finally to the pics and highlight clips that made them the Falcons they are today.

ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC ACCOLADES:

In first of the two-part middle segment of the evening, the coaches handed out the awards hardware, with the first awards going to players recognized from the votes of their teammates.  The team-recognized honorees received finely-crafted falcon statues and plaques:

MVP: Trey Pujats
Most Inspirational: Oscar Chacon
Most Improved: John Sims
Rookie of the Year: Nick Blessing
JV MVP: Jake Angeletti
Coaches Award: Oscar Chacon
Captain Award: John Wendt and Trey Pujats


 

 

Coach Doug Hill then recognized the stack of honors from  the 2017 season. All-Conference, All-Region, and All-America accolades, as well as Academy-wide and Conference-Wide Academic awards:

All-Americans:
Tucker Bone, First Team
Oscar Chacon, Third Team

NCAA All-Region Players:
Tucker Bone, First Team
Oscar Chacon, First Team
Austin Dewing, First Team
John Wendt, First Team
Trey Pujats, second team

All-WAC Teams:
John Wendt, First Team
Tucker Bone, First Team
Oscar Chacon, First Team
Klint Parker, Second Team
Trey Pujats, Second Team
James Sims, Second Team
Danny Han, Honorable Mention
Luis Martinez, Honorable Mention

Academic All-WAC Honorees:
Oscar Chacon, Sr.
Trey Pujats, Sr.
James Sims, Jr.
John Sims, Sr.
John Wendt, Sr.

The second part of the awards ceremony honored the eight senior players and two senior managers for their contributions and dedication to the program. The earned the AFA blankets, framed pictures and individualized comments and recognition from each coach. 

The night closed with the awarding the cadets soccer players of Varsity, JV letters and stars for their Athletic Jackets and “A” pins to represent the early-season victory over Army.  The players of Air Force Men’s soccer welcomed and embraced the challenge to build on the historic 2017 season and take it to a new level in the 2018.

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