May 22, 2013
The Air Force men's soccer program honored four players at the team's annual banquet, including senior Kevin Durr as the team's Most Valuable Player for the third consecutive season. Junior Caleb Downey was named the Most Inspirational Player for the second straight year, sophomore Scott McGillivray the Most Improved Player and freshman Abinadi Samayoa the Rookie of the Year.
Durr, a midfielder from Garmisch, Germany, led the Falcons to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1997 by pacing the team with 15 points. He posted team-highs of five goals and five assists and finished third in the MPSF in total shots with 59. Durr was named first-team all-conference and the Most Valuable Player of the MPSF tournament this season. In addition, he was named second-team all-Far West Region, the first Air Force player to earn all-region honors twice since Marcus Sagastume in 2003 and `04. He also joined current assistant coach Chris Foster as the only players in program history to win three team MVP awards.
Downey, a defender from Evergreen, Colo., was an all-MPSF honorable mention this season after starting all 23 games and scoring three goals. Two of them were game-winners against nationally-ranked New Mexico. He was one of just five Falcons to log at least 2,000 minutes during the 2012 campaign.
McGillivray, a midfielder from Colorado Springs., had two goals and three assists while appearing in all 23 games. He scored his first career goal in a 3-1 victory over San Jose State and added another in a 4-2 win over UNLV in the first round of the MPSF Championships.
Samayoa, a forward from Kaysville, Utah, played in all 23 games and started five in 2012. He scored two goals, both coming in the first four games of the season, and attempted 11 shots.
The Falcons finished the 2012 season with a 10-9-4 record and claimed their first-ever conference tournament title, with a shootout victory over New Mexico in the final. The season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.