#13 AIR FORCE vs. HOUSTON BAPTIST
Sunday, October 8, 1:00 p.m. MT
Cadet Soccer Stadium, USAFA
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THIS WEEK: The 13th-ranked Falcons continue conference action against Houston Baptist University (3-4, 0-2 WAC), Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1:00 p.m. MT., at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The Falcons and Huskies will be meeting for the 12th time in program history; Air Force leads the series, 5-4-1. A live stream and live stats will be available for both matches.
ON THE MAP: Air Force continues to fly high in the national polls, entering the weekend ranked 13th in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25, 14th in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25, 21st in the College Soccer News Top 30 and 23rd in the Soccer America Top 25. Seattle U is also a nationally-ranked team this week as the Redhawks are ranked 18th in the CSN Top 30 and 23rd in the USC Top 25.
LAST TIME OUT: Air Force opened the conference slate with a pair of wins over the weekend. The Falcons topped Incarnate Word in an overtime win, 2-1, Friday evening, and downed UTRGV, 1-0, on Sunday. The shutout weekend marks the Falcons' eighth shutout of the season.
UP NEXT: Air Force will return to the road for its second and third road matches of the season. On Thurs., Oct. 12, Air Force will take on Seattle U, who is currently ranked 23rd in the nation. On Sat., Oct. 14, the Falcons will take the pitch against Utah Valley. The matches are slated for 4:30 p.m. PT start and a 7:00 p.m. MT start, respectively.
A GLIMPSE AT AIR FORCE: The sturdy Falcon defense is responsible for eight shutouts this season; a mark that ranks them first in the conference and second-best in the nation. They also lead the conference in goals against average (0.391), a mark that puts them at fourth-best in Division I soccer.
In goal, John Wendt has the majority of starts with seven. He allows on average 0.553 goals per game, a mark that puts him atop all conference goalies and ranks him ninth-best in the NCAA. Wendt holds a 0.800 save percentage, another mark that ranks him atop all conference keepers and puts the team at first in the conference, eighth in the country. He is second in the conference with four shutouts to his credit; a mark that ranks him 27th-best in the nation.
The Falcons lead the conference in win-lost-tied percentage (0.850); a mark that ranks the squad sixth-best in all of Division I soccer. They have netted 14 goals this season, outscoring all opponents, 14-4, in 10 games. Klint Parker, Tucker Bone and John Sims lead the team with three goals apiece. Austin Dewing is first on the team in assists with four; a mark that puts him atop the conference in total assists.
Air Force has convincingly outshot all opponents this season, taking 156 overall shots to all opponents', 87; a 69 shot differential. The Falcons have taken over twice as many shots on frame as all opponents faced, 69-27. Tucker Bone leads the team with 27 shots and shots on goal with 14. Seventeen Falcons have attempted shots so far this season; the team is second in the conference in shots on goal per game (6.90) and third in shots per game (15.60); marks that put them in the top-20 off all Division I soccer teams in both categories.
A QUICK LOOK AT HBU: The Huskies will take the field under the guidance of head coach Ryan Pratt in his first season at the helm of the program. HBU will be playing UKMC, Thurs., Oct. 5, before heading to USAFA. The Huskies have netted nine goals on the season, allowing 12 by their opponents. Dominick Faletto leads the team with six points from two goals and two assists. He also leads the team with 17 shots and nine shots on frame. The Huskies lead the conference in saves per game, averaging five per match. HBU has used three goalkeepers on the season, led by Harrison Veith's who is 2-0 in goal with one shutout. He has a 0.45 goals against average and an 0.875 save percentage. Jorge Cabrera leads the keepers with 15 saves, but has not seen a victory in goal.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: One week into conference play, Seattle U leads the league in shots (200) and goals (18) and is tied with Grand Canyon for the lead in points (51). GCU is also tied with UNLV for the league lead is assists with 17 each. Air Force is the WAC leader in least goals allowed (4), goals against average (0.39) and shutouts (7). Kansas City holds the lead in saves with 47.
Individually, SU's Alex Roldan leads the WAC in shots (46) while UMKC's Eric McWoods has the league lead in points (16) and goals (7). UTRGV's Jaako Hietikko, UNLV duo Marco Gonzalez and Oscar Velazquez and Air Force's Austin Dewing are tied for the lead in assist with four each. SU's Cody Gibson is the league-leader in game-winning goals with three. Air Force keeper John Wendt is tops in goals against average (0.55) and is tied with UMKC's Filippo Errico for the lead in save percentage (.800). Errico is also the league leader in saves with 44. SU's Josh Adachi is the WAC's shutout leader with six.