Air Force Announces Men's Soccer Class of 2017

    Head coach Doug Hill has brought in another strong recruiting class to the Academy
    Head coach Doug Hill has brought in another strong recruiting class to the Academy

    July 5, 2013

    Air Force men's soccer coach Doug Hill has announced the 13 players that make up another strong recruiting class for the Falcons. The class includes eight Development Academy players with two coming from the USAFA Prep School. Members of the Class of 2017 come from 10 different states.

    "We graduated 10 seniors with eight starters last season so the new recruits will be looked at to step in right away and make contributions," said Hill. "My staff did an outstanding job bringing in a strong quality class this year that will add strength and needed depth to our team. It was tough for any freshmen to break in the starting lineup last year with a heavy weighted senior class,  but this year there are some opportunities for these players to compete with only four seniors."

    Photo Gallery of the Class of 2017


    Tucker Axhoj
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 5-9
    Weight: 152
    Position: Defender
    Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
    High School: Marvin Ridge HS

    Before Air Force  
    ODP: Member of state team from 2006-09 ... attended Region III Camp in 2006-07 and '09 ... was invited but did not participate in 2008.

    U.S. Soccer Academy: Member of the Charlotte Soccer Academy for four years ... U-16 team was ranked #1 seed in country before playoffs under current Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn in 2011 ... U-16 Atlantic Division Champs & playoff qualifiers in 2012 ... U-18 playoff qualifiers under coach Richard Butler in 2012 ... Top Drawer Soccer 4-Star Player and ranked #17 in the South Atlantic Region Class of 2013.

    Club: Played club soccer since the age of seven ... North Carolina state soccer champs under coaches Kyle Johnson and Michele Stutts in 2005 ... US Club Soccer national champs under coach Raymond Fraser in 2007 and regional champs in 2008 ... USYS NC State Cup semifinalists under coach Phillip Poole in 2007 and '08 ... Region III Premier League in 2009 and '10.

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer ... also lettered one year in football ... led team to three conference championships and a state title as a freshman ... No. 5 in the nation for assists as a junior ... all-state, all-region and all-conference selection as a junior ... high school coach was Ray Fumo.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Tucker comes to us from one of the top clubs in the country. He is a very versatile, smart player who has grown tremendously as a soccer player over the last year. We have high expectations for Tucker and feel like he can compete for some minutes this season.


    Cameron Duley
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 6-1
    Weight: 170
    Position: Midfielder
    Hometown: Roswell, GA
    High School: Roswell HS

    Before Air Force  
    U.S. Soccer Academy: Member of the Concorde Fire for one season ... helped team to the playoffs under coach Gregg Blasingame.

    Redbull National League: Played club soccer for three years with the Concorde Fire ... helped team to two U.S. National League titles ... played for coaches Steve Mucillo and Ibrahim Abousaud.

    Club: Helped the Concorde Fire to one national championship and two state championships ... also captured two league and one regional titles ... played for coaches Steve Mucillo and Ibrahim Abousaud.

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer ... also lettered one year in cross country ... first-team all-region selection for soccer ... team MVP as a sophomore and senior ... won the NSCAA Senior Excellence Award ... high school soccer coach was Billy Viger.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Cameron is a big, strong central midfielder. He has played at the highest level of youth soccer for the last several years and arrives as a seasoned competitor. He will provide solid depth and we expect him to grow into a major contributor during his time here at the Academy.


    Blake Elder
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 5-9
    Weight: 163
    Position: Defender
    Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
    High School: Central HS

    Before Air Force  
    USAFA Prep School: Played for Marcus Corbett at the USAF Prep School.

    U.S. Soccer Academy: Member of the USSF Solar Chelsea for two seasons ... helped team to fourth-place finish in the playoffs in 2012 ... played for coaches Adrian Solca and Kevin Smith.

    Club: Played for Solar Red '94 team ... helped team to regional championship and fifth-place nationally in U-16 league ... team also captured CCSAI (Chamber Classic Soccer Alliance Inc.) grand championship and North Texas state championship.

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer ... also team MVP and district defensive player of the year as a junior ... second-team all-district as a sophomore ... team newcomer of the year as a freshman ... high school soccer coach was Dave Maher.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Blake has the maturity to compete for a starting position and comes to us from our Prep School.  He played for one of the top clubs in Dallas "Solar" and has all the attributes of a D-1 soccer player.   His experience in the back line will be welcomed as we graduated three of our four backs from last season.


    A.J. Esparza
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 5-11
    Weight: 150
    Position: Defender
    Hometown: Chandler, AZ
    High School: Perry HS

    Before Air Force  
    ODP: Played for Arizona State team from 1008-10 ... also member of region team those same years ... team captain ... coach was Nathan Fairchild.

    U.S. Soccer Academy: Member of Real Salt Lake Academy team from 2011-13 ... helped team to second-place finish in Southwest Division both seasons.

    Club: Led Real Salt Lake Elite team to North Huntington Beach Tournament title in 2012 ... helped Sereno South team finish third in the state in 2011 and San Tan Legacy team to a third-place state finish in 2010 ... team captain on San Tan team.

    High School: Two-year letterwinner in soccer ... helped team to state semifinals in 2011 and quarterfinals in 2010 ... second-team all-region selection in 2011, only sophomore on the all-region team ... named team's most improved player as a sophomore ... high school soccer coach was Jim Vanney.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    A.J. is a very fluid player who reads the game well.  He should push our upper class center backs for playing time this season, and he will contribute greatly over the next four years.

     

    Ryan Fulton
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 5-5
    Weight: 145
    Position: Forward
    Hometown: Wexford, PA
    High School: North Allegheny HS

    Before Air Force  
    ODP: Played for Pennsylvania West '94 Region team for three seasons ... coach was Tracy Blake.

    U.S. Soccer Academy: Member of Cleveland Internationals team from 2010-12 ... coached by Jared Embick.

    Redbull National League: Helped his Beadling U-18 team place third in the Region I Premier League in the spring of 2013 ... coached by Peter Smith.

    Club: Played for Beadling (U-14 and U-15) and North Stars Soccer Club (U-9 - U-13) ... helped team to 2008 US Soccer Club regional championship ... coached by Bobby Vosmaer.

    High School: Two-year letterwinner in soccer ... named Section 2 player of the year as a senior ... ranked in top 20 in the Great Lakes Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... all-section and all-league as a senior ... twice invited to U.S. Soccer Training Center ... high school soccer coach was Bobby Vosmaer.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Ryan is a tenacious outside midfielder with a tireless work rate that can get behind the back line.  Strong and fast are his trademarks and will be a great addition to our squad.


    Cole Heer
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 6-0
    Weight: 175
    Position: Midfielder
    Hometown: San Jose, CA
    High School: Bellarmine College Prep

    Before Air Force  
    U.S. Soccer Academy: Member of De Anza Force team ... advanced to playoffs each season ... coached by Eric Yamamoto.

    Club: Played for De Anza Force '94 team ... captain of team for five seasons ... helped team to Surf Cup finals and State Cup finals in 2012 ... coached by Rusty Johnson.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Cole comes to us as a stealth player that will be of the hardest working players on the field.  His activity in the midfield and ability to be a ball winner will balance out our already talented midfield.  


    Seo Hyun Kim
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 6-0
    Weight: 185
    Position: Midfielder
    Hometown: Overland Park, KS
    High School: Blue Valley West HS

    Before Air Force  
    ODP: Member of the Kansas Region II Team in 2009.

    Club: Played for the Kansas City Legends ... helped team to win state championship four times ... also captured regional title in 2011 and finished third at the national tournament in 2009.

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer ... led team to Kansas 6A state championship in 2010 ... three-time all-league selection ... all-league academic team in 2010 ... team captain ... high school soccer coach was Alex Aiman.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Seo is our one transfer coming from University of Tulsa. He will not be eligible this year but look for him to add to our strength in the near future as he is very strong on the ball.  He brings experience and knows the demands of the college game. 


    Jamison MacMain
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 6-0
    Weight: 180
    Position: Forward
    Hometown: West Chester, PA
    High School: West Chester - Rustin HS

    Before Air Force  
    ODP: Member of the Eastern Pennsylvania State Team for two seasons ... led team to regional championship and third-place finish nationally ... member of the Region I pool.

    U.S. Soccer Academy: Played for the Philadelphia Union U-18 team ... started against Toronto FC, New York Red Bull and New England Revolution.

    Club: Led FC Delco to the U-18 state championship ... also played for Penn Fusion, where he was a team captain ... helped YMS Celtic to a third-place finish nationally and state championship.

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer ... started all four years ... two-time all-area selection ... three-time all-league pick ... Southeast Pennsylvania Coaches selection as a senior ... led team in scoring three times ... team captain ... high school soccer coach was David Tordone.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Jamison is a strong, athletic and aggressive forward who will bring depth to our front line.  We look for him to adjust quickly to the speed of the college game and contribute this season.


    Kenton McGuire
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 5-10
    Weight: 170
    Position: Defender
    Hometown: Vancouver, WA
    High School: Columbia River HS

    Before Air Force  
    ODP: Member of the Washington State Team for three seasons and the Oregon State Team for one year ... also played at regional camp for two years.

    U.S. Soccer Academy: Played for the Portland Timbers U-18 team in its inaugural season ... led the nation with 28 games played ... coached by Adam Smith.

    Club: Played for Westside Metro club team ... led team to state championship and regional finals under coach Chris Thurley ... also played for Sparq and helped team to Northwest League championship.

    High School: Two-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... did not play high school soccer.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Kenton is a fierce competitor that has all the tools to contribute right away.  He is a tenacious defender who is hard to beat 1 v 1 and has the power and ability to attack out of the back.  Kenton played with the Portland Timbers club and will be ready to compete for a position and will definitely see varsity minutes this season.


    Isaac Reinert
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 5-9
    Weight: 160
    Position: Forward
    Hometown: Greeley, CO
    High School: Frontier Academy

    Before Air Force  
    Club: Played for Arsenal Colorado ... helped team to state quarterfinals four straight years ... team ranked No. 1 in Colorado for WCDA in 2012 ... named an all-star at Boulder Showcase, Regis University Camp and Denver University Team Camp ... led team in scoring three straight years ... coached by David MacKelfresh and Dave Schaffer.

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer ... also lettered twice in track and once in basketball ... first-team all-conference in soccer all four years ... led team in goals his last three years ... also led squad in assists as a senior ... two-time team captain ... team MVP as a freshman, junior and senior ... four-time first-team academic all-state ... also named all-conference in track and basketball ... high school soccer coach was Kennan Reinert.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Isaac is a very quick, fast and explosive forward who should see significant time on the field this season.  We expect him to be a handful for opposing defenses and push our older players for a starting position.


    Hunter Robinson
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 5-10
    Weight: 175
    Position: Forward
    Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
    High School: Fossil Ridge HS

    Before Air Force  
    ODP: Played for Mike Freitag and the Colorado State Team in 2010-11 ... named tournament captain.

    Club: Played for Arsenal Colorado and the Fort Collins Soccer Club for eight years ... helped team to titles at the Albuquerque Cup, Real Cup, Rocky Mountain Club Tournament ... named Arsenal Colorado player of the year in the spring of 2013 ... helped team to State Cup quarterfinals ... coached by Dave Schaffer.

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer ... Front Range Conference player of the year as a senior ... two-time first-team all-state and all-conference selection ... top scoring junior in the conference in 2011 ... two-time academic all-state ... team most valuable forward as a sophomore ... high school soccer coach was Shannon Clark.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Hunter is a very smart and versatile player who can fit into several different areas on the field.  His leadership, along with his desire and intensity to succeed, makes him a player we are excited to have here at Air Force.  We expect him to contribute quickly to our program, on and off the field


    Jake Schenk
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 190
    Position: Goalkeeper
    Hometown: Flemington, NJ
    High School: Hunterdon Central HS

    Before Air Force  
    ODP: Goalkeeper for the New Jersey state and regional teams from 2007-09 ... member of national team pool in 2010 and `11.

    US Soccer Academy: Played for Players Development Academy from 2004-11 ... then played for Match Fit Academy in 2012-13 ... also a member of the Philadelphia Union Academy team from 2010-12.

    Futsal (5 v. 5): Led team to national championship in 2010 and New Jersey state championship from 2009-13.

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer ... helped team to state championship game as a sophomore ... third-team all-state and first-team all-conference selection ... played in the New Jersey Senior All-Star game ... high school soccer coach was Anson Smith.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Jake brings good size and is a highly decorated goalkeeper that will be vying for the starting spot this year. With his youth national team and top club experience, Jake should be able to make an impact right away in our program. Where we have quality goalkeepers already on our team, nobody stepped up and separated himself as the starter in the spring.  The competition at goalkeeper this preseason will be very interesting.


    Ryan Ward
    Year: Freshman
    Height: 5-9
    Weight: 160
    Position: Midfielder
    Hometown: Frisco, TX
    High School: Wakeland HS

    Before Air Force  
    USAFA Prep School: Played for Marcus Corbett at the USAFA Prep School.

    US Soccer Academy: Played for FC Dallas in 2009-10 and the Dallas Texans Academy from 1010-12 ... helped team to regional championship and the national title game in 2011.

    Club: Played for FC Dallas and Dallas Texans teams.

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer ... helped team to class 4A state championship game in 2010 ... two-time first-team all-district selection ... second-team all-state and team captain as a senior ... high school soccer coach was Rusty Ogelsby.

    Coach Hill's Comments:
    Ryan, who attended our Prep School, has gotten stronger and is ready to make an impact. He is a true competitor with the soccer smarts and will add to our team strength and depth. He comes from a strong Dallas Texans Club and following his dad's footsteps as a Falcon soccer player.

     

     

     

     


     


     

     

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