Oct. 1, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Grand Canyon Antelopes
Saturday, Oct. 5 / 7 p.m.
Cadet Soccer Stadium / USAFA, CO
Falcons Open WAC Play at Home on Saturday
The Air Force men’s soccer team will play its first Western Athletic Conference game of the season this Saturday, Oct. 5 when it hosts Grand Canyon University at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Th e game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on the Mountain West Digital Network.
The Falcons enter the game with an 0-8 record after losing to 23rd-ranked Cal Poly 5-1 at home last Friday night. Grand Canyon, meanwhile, is 1-5-1 this season after dropping a 3-2 decision to Cal State Fullerton last Saturday.
Air Force Falls to 23rd-Ranked Cal Poly Last Weekend
The Falcons fell to 0-8 this season after a 5-1 loss to 23rd-ranked Cal Poly Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Junior Zachary Modly scored AFA’s lone goal and freshman Blake Elder notched his first career point with an assist on the play. Modly led the Falcons with four total shots and tied with freshman Ryan Ward for the team lead with two shots on goal. Sophomore goalie Joey Speshock had three saves while filling in for freshman Jake Schenk, who fell ill earlier in the day.
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.
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.
Falcons Pretty Successful in Conference Openers
Air Force is 11-8-2 in its 21 conference openers. The Falcons, who won all three of their openers as a member of the WAC from 1996-98, defeated Denver 1-0 last season in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener.
Falcons Finally Find The Net Again
Modly’s goal on Saturday snapped a 656-minute scoreless streak for the Falcons. Senior Brian Klazura’s goal just 2:55 into the season-opening game at St. Mary’s College, was the last goal scored before Modly’s tally. The Falcons have have been outscored 20-2 this season, including 13-0 after halftime.
Modly Still Near the Top of WAC in Shots
Modly is tied for third in the WAC with 27 total shots this season. He is the leader on the team with 10 more than junior Matt Payne. Meanwhile, Schenk is tied for second in the league with 31 saves and fifth in saves percentage at .721.