#15 AIR FORCE at SAN JOSE STATE
Friday, Oct. 27, 12:00 p.m. PT
Spartan Soccer Complex, San Jose, Calif.
#15 AIR FORCE at CSU BAKERSFIELD
Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:00 p.m. PT
Main Soccer Field, Bakersfield, Calif.
THIS WEEK: The 15th-ranked Falcons return to the road slate as they travel to the Golden State for pair of matches against San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield over the weekend. On Friday, Oct. 27, Air Force will meet with San Jose State at 12:00 p.m. PT, at the Spartan Soccer Complex, San Jose, Calif. On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Falcons will take on CSU Bakersfield at 1:00 p.m. PT, at the Main Soccer Field, Bakersfield, Calif.
LAST WEEKEND: Air Force posted a 3-0 shutout over the 2016 WAC Champions, UNLV, Friday, Oct. 20, at Cadet Soccer Stadium. The win marked the Falcons' ninth shutout of the season. On Sunday, Oct. 22, Air Force notched three-straight goals to post its first come-from-behind victory of the season over Grand Canyon at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Junior midfielder Tucker Bone earned the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week honor in the wake of his seven-point weekend.
UP NEXT: Air Force will play its final match of the regular season against UMKC, at Kansas City, Sat., Nov. 11. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. CT. Air Force leads the seven-game series, 4-2-1.
THE SERIES WITH SAN JOSE STATE: The Falcons and Spartans will be meeting for the 38th time in program history; San Jose State leads the series, 22-10-5. In last year's meeting, at the Air Force Academy, the Falcons came up short, 1-0. The last time Air Force beast SJSU was in 2012; The Falcons won, 1-0.
THE SERIES WITH CSU BAKERSFIELD: Air Force and CSUB will be meeting for the 12th time; the Falcons lead the series, 6-4-1. Last season Air Force shutout the Roadrunners on two separate occasions. On Oct. 16, Air Force won three-nil in regular season action. In the quarter-finals of the conference tournament, Nov. 10, the Falcons won two-nil. The last time the Roadrunners beat the Falcons was in 2015.
ON THE MAP: Air Force continues its reign in the national polls as the Falcons jump up to 15th in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25, 16th in the College Soccer News Top 30, 17th in the Soccer America Top 25 and 18th in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25. Following their six-goal and two-win weekend, the Falcons have dropped to 22nd in the latest RPI rankings released by the NCAA.
A GLIMPSE AT AIR FORCE: The Falcons boast the top win-loss-tie percentage in the conference (0.833); a mark that ranks the squad seventh-best in the nation. The stout Air Force defense claims the top-spot in the league in shutout percentage (0.600) and team goals against average (0.510); marks thank rank the Bolts fifth and sixth in all NCAA Div. I soccer, respectively. The defense also boasts the conference's best save percentage (0.846); a mark high enough to rank the team fifth-best in the country. Air Force has only allowed eight goals in 15 games; led by senior midfielder Trey Pujats who has clocked a team-high 1390 minutes played this season; he leads the team with 66 career starts in 70 career appearances.
Senior goalkeeper John Wendt remains one the nation's best goaltenders as he leads the WAC with a 0.686 goals against average; a mark that ranks the Sylvania, Ohio native, 18th-best in the NCAA. Wendt is second in the conference in shutouts (5) and save percentage (0.784).
On the offensive side of the ball, Air Force has outshout all opponents this season, 232-142, and has put nearly twice as many shots on frame as all opponents faced, 97-52. The Falcons are second in the conference, 13th in the nation, in shots per game (15.47). In conference action alone, Air Force has outshot all WAC opponents, 114-69. Junior midfielder Tucker Bone leads the team with 41 shots and 18 shots on goal. Bone also leads the team with five goals and 16 points. As a team, the Falcon offense puts up 1.67 goals per game, a mark that puts the team at second-best in the WAC. Junior forward Austin Dewing and Bone are tied for the lead with six assists, a mark that ranks the duo first in the conference in total assists and second in assists per game (0.40).
THE WAC-- STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: With just two weeks remaining in regular season play, Seattle U continues to lead the league in shots (315), goals (27) and corner kicks (115). UNLV is the leader in points (80) and assists (28) while Air Force is tops in least goals allowed (8), goals against average (0.51) and shutouts (9). Houston Baptist is the league-leader in saves with 78.
Individually, Seattle U's Alex Roldan is the leader in shots with 72. UNLV's Danny Musovski is the best in points (29) and goals (12). Air Force duo Austin Dewing and Tucker Bone are tied with UNLV's Marco Gonzalez for the lead in assists with six each. Musovski, UMKC's Eric McWoods and SU's Cody Gibson are tied for the lead in game-winning goals at three each. In goal, AF's John Wendt holds the low goals against average at 0.69. HBU's Harrison Veith has the top save percentage at .836 while CSUB's Detre Bell leads the WAC in saves with 69. SU's Josh Adachi is the shutouts leader with eight this season.
In conference-only play, Seattle U leads the league in shots with 151. UNLV is the leader in points (46), goals (15) and assists (16) while Air Force and SU are tied for the lead in least goals allowed (5). Air Force also has the top goals against average at 0.67. Houston Baptist is the leader in saves (55) while SU has earned shutouts in four of seven WAC games.
Individually, SU's Roldan leads the WAC in shots (33). UNLV's Musovski is the leader in points (17) and goals (7). AF's Bone is the assist leader in conference play with five while UMKC's McWoods has the most game-winning goals at three. SJSU's David Heredia has the low goals against average at 0.37 while HBU's Veith owns the low save percentage at .830. CSUB's Bell is the saves leader at 40 while SU's Adachi has four shutouts in WAC play.
BONE TAKES THE WAC'S WEEKLY HONOR: Tucker Bone, a junior midfielder from Granite Bay, Calif. (Jesuit HS), totaled seven points on the week as the 16th-ranked Falcons closed out their home schedule with wins over UNLV and Grand Canyon. Against UNLV, he assisted on the first goal in the 19th minute and then scored an insurance goal right after halftime as Air Force earned the 3-0 win in a rematch of last year's tournament championship match. On Sunday against Grand Canyon, he scored the equalizing goal in the 34th minute before assisting on the Falcons' next two goals in a 3-1 win over the visiting Lopes.