U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – The 15th-ranked Falcons men’s soccer team has battled its way to the WAC‘s regular season title following two conference road wins over the weekend. Air Force, now 13-1-3 with an undefeated mark in conference (7-0-2), has secured the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, Nov. 8-12, hosted by UNLV. They will play their first post-season conference playoff match against the winner of the fourth and fifth-seeded teams, Friday, Nov. 10, at 4:00 p.m.
In his 11th season at the helm of the men’s soccer team, head coach Doug Hill continues to guide the team to new heights, producing his most successful regular-season to date, including a program-best 11-1 record at home. This year’s tournament bid marks the second-straight year of the Falcons competing in WAC post-season action.
The Air Force defense has been a staple of success this season as they have recorded 10 shut outs in 17 matches, while only allowing nine goals. The Falcons boast a 0.588 shutout average and a team goals against average of 0.509; marks that put the squad atop the conference in both categories and ninth and sixth in the nation, respectively. In goal, senior keeper John Wendt sits atop all conference goalies with a 0.818 save percentage and 0.631 goals against average. He has six shutouts to his credit with an 8-1-3 mark in 12 starts.
The Air Force offense has turned lit the fire since beginning conference play, notching 20 goals against league opponents; nearly doubling the number goals scored in non-conference matches (11). The Falcons now lead the conference in total goals (31) and scoring offense (1.82). Air Force has outshot 15-of-17 opponents, taking 255 shots to all opponents 156.
Junior forward Austin Dewing has taken off in conference action. The Colorado Springs, Colorado, native had just two points from two assists prior to conference play. Dewing now leads the team with six goals and 19 points; he is also tied for first with seven assists. He recorded his first career hat trick and a personal-high seven-point performance against San Jose State, Oct. 27. Junior midfielder Tucker Bone leads the team with 43 shots with 19 coming on goal. He is tied for first with Dewing in assists and has the second-most points (17) on the team.
The Falcons’ success on the pitch has yielded four WAC Player of the Week honors and four Air Force Athlete of the Week honors. Most recently, Air Force’s Oscar Chacon and Dewing swept the weekly honors for the week of Oct. 23-29.
The Falcons, who have not registered a loss since playing Furman, Sept. 3, have one regular season match remaining on the road against UMKC Nov. 4.