#12 AIR FORCE at SEATTLE U
Thursday, Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m. PT
Championship Field Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
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#12 AIR FORCE at UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:00 p.m. MT
Clyde Field, Orem, Utah
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THIS WEEK: The 12th-ranked Falcons return to the road for a pair of conference matches against Seattle U, Thurs., Oct. 12, and Utah Valley, Sat., Oct. 14. The Falcons and Redhawks will square off at Championship Field Stadium, in Air Force’s first Thursday match, at 4:30 p.m. PT. The Falcons will then face off against the Wolverines on Sat., at 7:00 p.m. MT, at Clyde Field.
LAST TIME OUT: Air Force extended to a three-match conference shutout-streak, after blanking Houston Baptist, 2-0, on Oct. 8. John Sims and Luis Martinez notched a goal apiece in the shutout. The win marks the Falcons’ eighth shutout of the season and third-straight conference win since league play started Sept. 29.
UP NEXT: Air Force returns home for a pair of conference matches against UNLV and Grand Canyon, next weekend. The Falcons’ matchup with UNLV on Fri., Oct. 20, at 6:00 p.m., will be the first time the teams have met since the 2016 WAC Championship match, which Air Force dropped, 2-1. On Sunday, Oct. 22, eight seniors will play at Cadet Soccer Stadium for the last time as Falcons, as Air Force hosts Grand Canyon for Senior Day, at 3:00 p.m.
THE SERIES WITH SU: The meeting between Air Force and Seattle marks the first times the teams have met since the Falcons downed the Redhawks, 3-1, in the 2016 WAC Championship semi-finals. Air Force also downed Seattle on Senior Day 2016, 1-0. The two wins from the 2016 season propelled the Falcons ahead of Seattle, 5-4-1, in the all-time series.
THE SERIES WITH UVU: The Utah Valley Wolverines have had Air Force’s number in all three meetings to date; downing the Falcons 2-1, 2-1, 2-0, in the last three seasons, respectively.
ON THE MAP: Air Force continues to fly high in the national polls, heading into the third week of WAC play ranked 12th in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25, 14th in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25, 16th in the College Soccer News Top 30 and 19th in the Soccer America Top 25. Seattle U is also mentioned in a couple national polls as the Redhawks are ranked 18th in the CSN Top 30 and are the first team listed among those receiving votes in the USC Top 25.
Air Force climbed to 11th in the latest RPI rankings released by the NCAA. Seattle U is next on the list at 45 while Houston Baptist made the biggest climb in the WAC, up 33 spots to 96.
Air Force remains the top team in the United Soccer Coaches West Region Ranking. Seattle U traded spots with Missouri State and fell to third while Kansas City dropped one spot to ninth.
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 in shutout percentage. They lead the conference in goals against average (0.356), a mark that puts them at fourth-best in Division I soccer. Air Force also leads the conference with an .862 save percentage, a mark high enough for seventh-best in the country.
In goal, John Wendt has the majority of starts with eight. He allows on average 0.486 goals per game, a mark that puts him atop all conference goalies and ranks him ninth-best in the NCAA. Wendt holds a 0.818 save percentage, another mark that ranks him atop all conference keepers. Wendt is second in the conference with five shutouts to his credit; a mark that ranks him 22nd-best in the nation.
The Falcons lead the conference in win-lost-tied percentage (0.864); a mark that ranks the squad fourth-best in all of Division I soccer. They have netted 16 goals this season, outscoring all opponents, 16-4, in 11 games. John Sims leads the team with four goals while Klint Parker and Tucker Bone are tied with three goals apiece. Austin Dewing is first on the team in assists with five; a mark that puts him atop the conference in total individual assists.
Air Force has convincingly outshot all opponents this season, taking 178 overall shots to all opponents’, 92; an 86 shot differential. The Falcons have taken nearly three-times as many shots on frame as all opponents faced, 75-29. Tucker Bone leads the team with 31 shots with 15 coming on frame. Nineteen Falcons have attempted shots so far this season; the team is second in the conference in shots on goal per game (6.82) and shots per game (16.18); marks that rank them 18th and fifth in the nation, respectively.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Seattle U leads the league in shots (234), goals (22) and corners (80) and is tied with Grand Canyon for the lead in points (61). GCU is also tied with UNLV for the lead in assists (21) while Air Force is the top defensive team, leading the WAC in least goals allowed (4). goals against average (0.36) and shutouts (8). CSU Bakersfield has the most saves (59).
Individually, SU’s Alex Roldan is the WAC leader in shots (53). UNLV’s Danny Musovski leads the league in points (22) and goals (9). UTRGV’s Jaako Hietikko, Air Force’s Austin Dewing and UNLV’s Marco Gonzalez are all tied for the lead in assists with five each. AF’s John Wendt holds the top goals against average (0.49) while Houston Baptist’s Harrison Veith has the best save percentage (.833). CSUB’s Detre Bell has a WAC-high 56 saves. SU’s Josh Adachi leads the league in shutouts with seven.
In WAC only play, Seattle U leads the league in shots (70), goals (9), and shutouts (3). UNLV has the lead in points (25) while UTRGV is tops in assists (10). Air Force leads in least goals allowed (1) and goals against average (0.33) while CSU Bakersfield is tops in saves (28).
Individually, AF’s Dewing has a WAC-high three assists in league play. In net, AF’s Andrea Seazzu has a 0.00 goals-against average in his only league appearance, also posting a perfect 1.000 save percentage.