DENVER, Colo. - Three Falcons were named to the preseason All-Western Athletic Conference team announced by the league's office, Tuesday. Junior forward Austin Dewing, junior midfielder Tucker Bone and senior goalkeeper John Wendt round out the preseason All-WAC selections for Air Force.
At the beginning of last season Air Force did not land a player on the league's preseason team. Just one season later, Air Force leads the WAC with three players while UNLV, Seattle U and Utah Valley tied for second-most with a pair apiece.
At the conclusion of last season four Falcons were named to the All-WAC teams. Bone and then-senior Cameron Duley were added to the first team while Wendt and Dewing snagged places on the second team.
UNLV was voted as the preseason favorite to win the 2017 WAC men's soccer title while Rebels senior forward Danny Musovski and Seattle U junior defender Nathan Aune were selected as the WAC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year respectively in a vote of the league's 11 head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.
The Rebels collected five first place votes and 90 total points to take the top spot. Defending regular season champion Utah Valley earned three first place votes and was just a point back at 89 to earn the second spot while Seattle U earned the remaining three first place votes to total 87 points for third. 2016 tournament finalist Air Force was picked fourth with 72 points followed closely by Grand Canyon in fifth with 70 points. CSU Bakersfield was sixth with 54 points and San José State was selected seventh, followed by UT Rio Grande Valley in eighth and UIW in ninth. Houston Baptist and Kansas City tied for 10th to round out the poll.
The Falcons are joined on the All-WAC team by Danny Musovski and Timo Mehlich of UNLV, Nathan Aune and Sergio Rivas of Seattle U, Paul Hoffmeister and Giovanny Vazquez of Utah Valley, Grand Canyon forward Niki Jackson and CSU Bakersfield defender Jamie Carey-Morrell.
The Falcons will see their first home action of 2017 on August 19, for an exhibition against the University of Denver. Kick-off is slated for 3:00 p.m. MT at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
2017 Preseason Men's Soccer Coaches Poll
Rank Team (1st Place Votes), Points
1. UNLV (5), 90
2. Utah Valley (3), 89
3. Seattle U (3), 87
4. Air Force, 72
5. Grand Canyon, 70
6. CSU Bakersfield, 54
7. San José State, 37
8. UT Rio Grande Valley, 33
9. UIW, 29
T10. Houston Baptist, 22
T10 Kansas City, 22
2017 Preseason All-WAC Team
Austin Dewing, Jr., F, Air Force
Paul Hoffmeister, Sr., F, Utah Valley
Niki Jackson, Sr, F, Grand Canyon
Danny Musovski, Sr., F, UNLV
Tucker Bone, Jr., MF, Air Force
Timo Mehlich, So., MF, UNLV
Sergio Rivas, Jr., MF, Seattle U
Nathan Aune, Jr., D, Seattle U
Jamie Carey-Morrell, Sr., D, CSU Bakersfield
Giovanny Vazquez, Sr., D, Utah Valley
John Wendt, Sr., GK, Air Force
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Danny Musovski, UNLV
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Nathan Aune, Seattle U