Falcons Open 2010 Season With a Pair of Home Games

    Sophomore defender Jake Jones
    Sophomore defender Jake Jones

    Sept. 1, 2010

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    Game #1
    Air Force Falcons vs. Houston Baptist Huskies
    Friday, Sept. 3, 2010
    7 p.m. at Cadet Soccer Stadium

    Game Promotions
    Rush Soccer Night -- Coaches Clinic at 6 p.m.
    Air Force - Colorado State Football ticket giveaway

    Game #2
    Air Force Falcons vs. Cal Poly Mustangs
    Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010
    1 p.m. at Cadet Soccer Stadium

    Game Promotions
    Camp Reunion Day -- Coaches Clinic at 6 p.m.
    First 50 fans receive free ice cream coupons

    Falcons Open 2010 Season This Weekend 
     The Air Force Falcons open their 2010 season this weekend with a pair of games at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons, coming off a 7-8-2 record a year ago, host Houston Baptist on Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. The Huskies finished the 2009 season with a 6-11 record.
     On Sunday, Sept. 5, the Falcons will face Cal Poly at 1 p.m. The Mustangs completed the `09 campaign with an 8-10-2 record.

    Big Upset in Exhibition Game
     The Falcons, led by two goals from Kevin Durr, including the game-winner with 1:25 left, defeated 13th-ranked Stanford, 2-1, in an exhibition game Saturday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
     Durr, a sophomore midfielder, gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute off an indirect free kick from six yards out after Stanford was called for a back pass to the goalie in the box. Junior John Melcher touched the ball back to Durr, who fired a rocket into the upper left corner.
     The Cardinal evened the score at 1-all in the 63rd minute when Adam Jahn knocked in a rebound into an empty net after AFA goalie Matt Underwood mishandled a free kick from Ryan Thomas.
     Durr then put home the winning goal from just in front of the net after receiving a header pass from junior John Tilton. Sophomore Zane Dydasco also notched an assist on the play after sending a corner kick to Tilton.

    Head Coach Doug Hill
     Doug Hill enters his fourth season as head coach at Air Force.
     Hill, who holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" license, graduated from the Academy in 1983 and was a four-year varsity letterman on the men's soccer team. He was chosen as team captain both his junior and senior seasons. In all four years, Hill helped the Falcons win the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Soccer League title. After graduation, he remained at AFA as the assistant soccer coach and a physical education instructor for one year.
     Hill left the Academy in 1984 for Dyess AFB, Texas, where he was an instructor navigator in the C-130 aircraft. In addition, he assisted and filled in as the interim head soccer coach for the men's and women's soccer teams at Hardin Simmons University (Texas) from 1986-1988. He also played on the All-Air Force soccer team in 1985 and 1987 and coached the 1986 team.
     After eight years away from the Academy, Hill returned as an assistant coach in 1992 and helped guide the Falcons to consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in '92 and '93.  In 1993, the Falcons advanced to the Final Eight. The 1996 team advanced to the WAC championships after going 14-3-3 during the regular season, while the 1997 squad earned a trip to the NCAA Tourney.

    Falcons Picked Eighth in Preseason Poll
     The Falcons were picked eighth in the 2010 MPSF preseason coaches poll, voted on by the league's eight head coaches. New Mexico received 46 points and four of eight first-place votes in earning the No. 1 spot, while defending MPSF Champion Sacramento State collected 43 points and three top votes in taking second in the poll. Denver was picked third with 31 points, followed by CSU Bakersfield, San Jose State, Seattle, UNLV and Air Force.

    Gonna Be Young
     As head coach Doug Hill enters his fourth season at the helm of the Falcons, he has mixed feelings about how to approach the 2010 campaign, but he knows that his young team will have to mature quickly to be successful in the upcoming season. On one hand, five of the team's top six scorers, including the top four, either graduated or will not return and his starting goalkeeper for the last 10 games transferred during the summer. On the other hand, seven of the 14 players that recorded at least one point last season return and four of the six that played the most minutes are back this fall.
     In last Saturday's exhibition game against Stanford, Air Force started one senior, three juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen.


     

     

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