Falcons Host UNLV and San Diego State This Weekend
Schedule Friday, Nov. 5 vs. UNLV, 3 p.m. (Cadet Soccer Stadium) Sunday, Nov. 7 vs. San Diego State, 12 p.m. (Cadet Soccer Stadium) Recent Results Air Force (6-8-1, 2-6 MPSF) lost to New Mexico, 3-0 UNLV (6-9, 5-4 MPSF) def. Sac. State, 2-1; lost to San Jose State, 1-0San Diego State (3-11-2, 3-5-1 MPSF) lost to SJSU, 2-1; def. Sac. State, 2-1
CoachesAir Force is coached by Lou Sagastume (San Francisco, 1968), who is in his 26th season with the Falcons. Sagastume has a record of 267-159-40 at the Academy and a career mark of 288-172-40 in 27 seasons.
UNLV is coached by Barry Barto (Philadelphia Textile, 1972), who is in his 23rd season with the Rebels. He is 219-181-37 at UNLV and 304-206-43 in 29 seasons overall.
San Diego State is coached by Lev Kirshner (Rutgers, 1991), who is in his sixth season with the Aztecs. He is 28-53-12 at the school. He led the Aztecs to a 9-8-3 record last season and a fourth-place finish in the MPSF.
Top PlayersAir Force is led by senior Marcus Sagastume, who has 13 points this season on five goals and three assists. Junior Colin Eames and sophomore Josh Sanders each has four goals and two assists for 10 points.
UNLV is led by Rod Dyachenko, who has 12 points on five goals and two assists this season. Boomer Arbalaez, this week's MPSF Player of the Week, follows with five points (2g, 1a).
San Diego State is paced by Frank Caruso, who has three goals and one assist for seven points. Matt Couch has six points, while Trey Meek has five. Goalie Tally Hall has a 1.56 goals-against average.
AFA Looking For Revenge The Air Force Falcons (6-8-1, 2-6 MPSF) try to snap their six-game losing streak this weekend with a pair of home games at Cadet Soccer Stadium. Air Force will battle UNLV (6-9, 5-4) on Friday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. and San Diego State (3-11-2, 3-5-1) on Sunday, Nov. 7 at noon. AFA lost to both teams on the road earlier this season, beginning the current six-game slide.
Falcons Still Seventh in MPSF With Air Force's 3-0 loss at New Mexico last weekend, the Falcons stay in seventh place in the MPSF. Air Force has two wins in the conference good for six points. New Mexico leads the MPSF with 22 points, seven more than second-place Denver and UNLV, each with 15. Sacramento State and San Jose State are tied for fourth with 12 points, followed by San Diego State (10 points) and Air Force.
Scoring's Been at a Premium Air Force has had a rough time finding the back of the net lately, scoring just four goals during its six-game skid. Conversely, opponents have scored 15 goals in that same span.
Finding it Tough on the Road Air Force has now lost 12 consecutive regular season road games against MPSF opponents, dating back to the 2001 season. They are 0-5 this season, were 0-3 in 2002 and 2003, and lost their last road game of the 2001 season. The last non-loss in a conference road game was on Nov. 3, 2001, a 1-1 tie at San Jose State. The last conference road victory was Oct. 14, 2001, a 1-0 win at San Diego State. In the 12-game streak, Air Force has been outscored 38-10. During the same span, the Falcons are 8-4 at home against MPSF foes and hold a 30-16 goal advantage.
Longest Losing Streak Since 1995 The Falcons are in the midst of a six-game losing streak, their longest since the last six games of the 1995 campaign. Five of the losses have come on the road. Air Force finishes its season with three of its final four games at the Academy.