July 9, 2013
Coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 15 years, the Air Force Academy men's soccer team and head coach Doug Hill released their 2013 schedule today. The Falcons, who re-join the Western Athletic Conference this season after spending the last 14 years in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, will open the regular season on Friday, August 30 at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.
After playing at the University of San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 1, Air Force hosts service-academy rival Army in the first home game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Cadet Soccer Stadium. A trip to the Northwest for games at Portland (Sept. 13) and Oregon State (Sept. 15; televised on the Pac-12 Network) precede three home games to close out the non-conference slate. San Diego State comes to the Academy on Friday, Sept. 20, followed by Bradley on Sunday, Sept. 22 and Cal Poly on Friday, Sept. 27.
Air Force opens the WAC schedule on Saturday, Oct. 5 at home against Grand Canyon University. The Falcons will host four other conference games this season, against UMKC (Oct. 11), Houston Baptist (Oct. 13), UNLV (Nov. 1) and CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 3). The WAC Tournament will begin on Thurs., Nov. 14, with the title game set for Sunday, Nov. 17. The entire tournament will be played at the Academy.
"Our non-conference schedule is one of the toughest we have had with high RPI teams like St. Mary's, USF, Oregon State, Portland, Bradley, Cal Poly and San Diego State," said Hill, who enters his seventh season as head coach. "It should prepare us well for our conference play. Our players need to gain experience quickly so we are putting them right into the fire starting with two tough exhibition games with Denver University (Aug. 18 in Vail, Colo.) and New Mexico (Aug. 22 at the Academy)."
The eight-team Western Athletic Conference will split into two four-team divisions for the 2013 campaign. Air Force is with Grand Canyon, Houston Baptist and UMKC and will play each of those schools in a home-and-home series. The Falcons will play the four schools in the other division, San Jose State, UNLV, Seattle University and CSU Bakersfield, just one time for a total of 10 conference games.