First-Place Falcons Play at DU on Sunday
ScheduleSunday, Oct. 16 vs. Denver, 2 p.m. MT (Denver, Colo.)
Recent ResultsAir Force (3-6-2, 1-0-1) Tied #1 New Mexico, 0-0; Defeated UNLV, 1-0Denver (5-4-1, 1-1-0) Defeated UNLV, 2-0; Lost to #1 New Mexico, 1-0
CoachesAir Force is coached by Lou Sagastume (San Francisco, 1968), who is in his 27th season with the Falcons. Sagastume has a record of 272-172-42 at the Academy and a career mark of 293-179-42 in 28 seasons.
Denver is coached by Chad Ashton (North Carolina, 1990), who is in his ninth season with the Pioneers. He has a record of 72-74-12 at the school and in his career.
Top PlayersAir Force senior Scott Muir continues to lead the Falcons in scoring with nine points (3g, 3a) this season. Senior David Schill has six points on two goals and two assists. He scored the game-winner last Sunday against UNLV. Sophomore Brian Guyette, who had a career-high 10 saves last Friday vs. top-ranked New Mexico, has a 1.76 GAA. Denver is led by Ben Mendozza, who has seven points this season (3g, 1a). Thomas Flynn follows with six points (3g). Goalie Matt Bredehoft has a 1.17 GAA this season.
Tied For First in MPSF Air Force is tied for first place in the Moutnain Pacific Sports Federation after tying top-ranked New Mexico, 0-0, and defeating UNLV, 1-0, at home last weekend. The Falcons (3-6-2, 1-0-1 MPSF) and New Mexico (9-0-1, 1-0-1) are tied atop the standings.
Heading up to Denver The Falcons travel north on I-25 this Sunday to face in-state rival Denver, beginning at 2 p.m. The Pioneers are 5-4-1 overall and split their first two games against conference opponents last weekend. DU defeated UNLV, 2-0, on Friday, then fell to UNM, 1-0, on Sunday.
Recently Against DU The Falcons and Pioneers have put together some memorable games in the past few years. The most memorable, at least for AFA fans, was the final regular season game of the 2003 season, when the Falcons scored twice in the last three minutes to win 3-2 and clinch a spot in the MPSF Tournament.
Sagastume Shooting for 300 Air Force head coach Lou Sagastume has 293 career victories, which places him 13th on the list of the Division I winningest active coaches. Sagastume has a career record of 293-180-42 over 28 years, and has a record of 272-173-42 in his 26 seasons at Air Force. Last Sunday's game against UNLV featured two of the best coaches in the country. UNLV's Barry Barto entered the game with 306 career victories. He is one spot above Sagastume on the Division I winningest active coaches list.
Guyette Comes up Big Sophomore goalie Brian Guyette helped the Falcons tie the top-ranked New Mexico Lobos last Friday with a career-high 10 saves. It was the first time a Falcon goalie made 10 or more saves since Brian Dougal had 10 against UNLV at the 2003 MPSF Tournament on Nov. 13, 2003. Air Force won that game, 3-1.
Recapping Last Weekend
Air Force 0, #1 New Mexico 0 ot (10-7) The Air Force men's soccer team did something that no other team in the country has done this season against No. 1-ranked New Mexico, beat them or tie them. The Falcons and Lobos played to a scoreless tie Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium in the Mountain pacific Sports Federation opener for both teams.
The Falcons (2-6-2, 0-0-1 MPSF) came within a few inches of upsetting the Lobos with one minute remaining in regulation when senior Scott Muir found himself one-on-one with UNM goalie Mike Graczyk, but sailed a shot from about eight yards just inches wide to the left. Air Force also had a golden opportunity with five minutes remaining in the first half, as senior Colin Eames was taken down by a Lobo defender in the box, but Graczyk made a save on the ensuing penalty kick by Falcon senior David Schill.
New Mexico (8-0-1, 0-0-1) held an advantage in shots all night, outshooting the Falcons 18-9 overall and 10-4 on goal. Falcon sophomore goalie Brian Guyette had a career-high 10 saves, including three in the second overtime period. Graczyk made four saves for UNM, including a spectacular diving stop on a rocket by AFA's Duncan McNabb in the first overtime.
UNM's Jeff Rowland, the MPSF's leading scorer with eight goals, had a game-high four total shots and three on goal. He had an opportunity with nine minutes remaining in regulation with a hard shot on the ground that snuck through the Falcon defense, but Guyette knocked it away. Schill led Air Force with two shots on goal.
Air Force 1, UNLV 0 (10-9) Senior David Schill scored the game's only goal early in the second half Sunday to lead the Air Force men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over UNLV at the Cadet Soccer Stadium. With the victory, Air Force snaps a six-game winless streak and improves to 3-6-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, good for a first-place tie with No. 1 ranked New Mexico.
After a scoreless first half in which there were only five total shots on goal, Schill scored just one minute, four seconds into the second half by firing an 18-yard shot past Rebel goalie Peter Clitheroe. Sophomore Andy Nigro set up the play by dribbling across the field at the top of the box and finding an open Schill, who fired a rocket to the right of Clitheroe.
The Falcon defense was stellar throughout the game, allowing UNLV just three shots on goal, all in the first half. Junior goalie Paul Elsbernd stopped all three shots to post his second victory of the season.Clitheroe made six saves for UNLV, which fell to 2-9-0 overall and 0-2 in the MPSF. Nigro and UNLV's
Deshawn Woolery led all players with four total shots, while Schill had a game-high three shots on goal.