June 8, 2011
Four teams that advanced to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, including conference opponents Sacramento State, New Mexico and Denver, highlight the Air Force Academy's 2011 men's soccer schedule, released today by head coach Doug Hill. The Falcons will open their regular season on Saturday, August 27 at Houston Baptist, then play their first home game on Friday, Sept. 2 against Davidson College during Parents' Weekend.
Four of Air Force's next six games will be on the East Coast, with two in Pittsburgh, Pa., against Pittsburgh (Sept. 9) and Duquesne (Sept. 11) and two in Durham, N.H., against New Hampshire (Sept. 23) and Central Connecticut State (Sept. 25). A pair of home games sit in between the two trips as the Falcons host 2010 tournament team College of Charleston on Sept. 16 and Buffalo on Sept. 18 at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
Following the trip to New Hampshire, Air Force will begin its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation slate on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the University of Denver. The Falcons will host five conference games this season, against UNLV (Oct. 7), New Mexico (Oct. 9), Seattle University (Oct. 28), Cal-State Bakersfield (Oct. 30) and Denver (Nov. 4). The MPSF Tournament will begin on Thurs., Nov. 10 in Denver, while the 2011 NCAA Tournament opens on Thursday, Nov. 17.
"We are very excited to play a well balanced schedule with some strong RPI teams coming to play us at home," said Hill, who will enter his fifth season as head coach. "Getting good games outside our region will prepare us well for a tough conference schedule. The MPSF had three teams go to the NCAA playoffs last year which speaks well for our conference. We hope to be one of the teams bidding for an NCAA playoff game this year."
The eight-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation will once again split into two four-team divisions for the 2011 campaign. Air Force will be in the same division as New Mexico, UNLV and Denver and will play each of those schools in a home-and-home series. The Falcons will play the other four schools, San Jose State, Sacramento State, Seattle University and Cal. State-Bakersfield, just one time for a total of 10 conference games.
Air Force finished 7-12 overall and in third place in the Mountain Division with a 5-5 mark last season.