Sept. 11, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Portland Pilots
Friday, Sept. 13 / 4:30 p.m. (PT)
Merlo Field / Portland, OR
Air Force Falcons vs. Oregon St. Beavers
Sunday, Sept. 15 / 2 p.m. (PT)
Paul Lorenz Field / Corvallis, OR
Falcons Return to West Coast for Oregon State Tourney
The Air Force men’s soccer team returns to the West Coast for a pair of games this weekend in the Oregon State Hensor/Zaher Nike Classic. The Falcons, who played their first two games of the season in Northern California, will play at the University of Portland on Friday, Sept, 13 at 4:30 p.m., and at Oregon State in Covallis, Ore., on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. The Oregon State contest will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network.
Air Force Falls to Army in Home Opener
The Falcons fell to 0-3 this season with a 1-0 loss to service-academy rival Army last Saturday night in the 2013 home opener at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Despite outshooting the Black Knights 16-11, Air Force could not find the back of the net, while Army’s Ethan Spivack broke a scoreless tie in the 72nd minute for the game-winner.
Junior Zachary Modly, who clanged a shot off the left post in the first half, led all players with four total shots. He continues to lead the team with 13 total shots and five on goal this season.
Back to the WAC
After spending the last 14 years playing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the Falcons will begin play, once again, in the Western Athletic Conference in 2013. Air Force was a member of the WAC from 1996-98 before breaking off with seven other schools to form the Mountain West Conference. The MWC did not offer men’s soccer, however, so the Falcons moved to the MPSF.
First Time on TV in Six Years
Air Force’s game against Oregon State on Sunday will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network. The last time an Air Force men’s soccer game was televised was Sept. 2, 2007 against Navy in Annapolis, Md. CSTV broadcasted the game, which Navy won 1-0.
Falcons Picked Second in WAC Preseason Rankings
The Falcons were picked to finish second in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Bakersfield was predicted to win the conference by the eight league coaches. Air Force senior Caleb Downey was selected as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year and fellow senior Brian Klazura joined Downey on the preseason all-WAC team.
Falcons Having Trouble Finding the Net
Since senior Brian Klazura scored just 2:55 into the season-opening game at St. Mary’s College, the Falcons have gone 267 minutes without scoring a goal. Air Force is not the only WAC team struggling to score this season, however, as UMKC and San Jose State have also scored just one goal in three games.
Modly Near the Top of WAC in Shots
Junior Zachary Modly is ranked third in the WAC with 13 total shots this season. He is the runaway leader on the team with seven more than fellow junior Matt Payne. Meanwhile, freshman keeper Jake Schenk is fourth in the league in goals-against average at 1.50.