Falcons Travel to Army for Season-Opening Weekend
Schedule Friday, Sept. 2 at Army, 7:30 p.m. ET (West Point, N.Y.) Sunday, Sept. 4 vs. Seton Hall, 12 p.m. ET (West Point, N.Y.) Radio The AFA-Army game can be heard via the internet at goarmysports.com. The game is part of a subscription package and a fee will be charged.
2004 Records Air Force was 8-10-1 overall and 4-8 in the MPSF (T, 6th) Army was 4-10-3 overall and 1-4-2 in the Patriot League (7th) Seton Hall was 12-7-3 overall and 5-5 in the Big East (8th)
Coaches Air Force is coached by Lou Sagastume (San Francisco, 1968), who is in his 27th season with the Falcons. Sagastume has a record of 269-167-40 at the Academy and a career mark of 290-174-40 in 28 seasons.
Army is coached by Kurt Swanbeck (Columbia, 1981), who is in his fourth season with the Kadets. He is 10-32-11 at Army. He has a 155-147-20 career record in 17 seasons.
Seton Hall is coached by Manfred Schellscheidt (Cologne, Germany, 1967), who has a record of 186-114-33 in his 17 seasons with the Pirates. He led SHU to a 12-7-3 record last season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Top Players Air Force's top returning scorer is senior Colin Eames, who finished second on the team last season with 16 points (6g, 4a). Senior forwards Scott Muir and David Schill had 12 (5g, 2a) and eight points (2g, 4a), respectively. Army's top returning scorer is junior forward Bill Watts, who tallied 10 points last season on four goals and two assists. John Kubeika and Chase Hunter added six points apiece.
Seton Hall's top returning scorer is junior midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who had 21 points (7g, 7a) last season. Senior forward Michael Zotti had nine points on three goals and three assists.
50 Years of Air Force Soccer This season marks the 50th year of varsity soccer for Air Force. This is Air Force's 10th season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. AFA was a member of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League from 1956-1988 before joining the MPSF for four years from '92-95. The Falcons then joined the Western Athletic Conference for three years before re-joining the MPSF in 1999.
MPSF Preseason Poll Air Force was picked sixth in this season's MPSF preseason coaches poll.
School (First Place Votes) Pts1. New Mexico (5), 252. Denver (1), 153. UNLV, 144. Sacramento State, 115. San Jose State, 106. Air Force, 8
Four Tourney Teams on Schedule Three of Air Force's 14 opponents received a bid to the NCAA Division I Soccer Tournament last season. Seton Hall, Washington and defending MPSF champion New Mexico made the field of 48.
Sagastume Shooting for 300 Air Force head coach Lou Sagastume enters the 2005 season with 290 career victories, which places him 13th on the list of the Division I winningest active coaches. Sagastume has a career record of 290-174-40 over 28 years, and has a record of 269-167-40 in his 26 seasons at Air Force.
Myers All-MPSF in 2004 Senior defender Todd Myers is the only returning Falcon that earned all-conference honors a season ago. Myers was an MPSF honorable mention selection. Seniors Marcus Sagastume and Daniel Bolin were also selected to the all-MPSF teams.