Nov. 7, 2011
For the third consecutive week, a member of the Air Force men's soccer team has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer player of the week. Senior Ben Chavez earned the award this week after scoring both Air Force goals in his final home game as the Falcons defeated Denver 2-1 last Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
Chavez put the Falcons ahead 1-0 in the 8th minute with his second goal of the season. He was in the right place for a rebound shot after Denver goalie Oliver Brown saved but could not corral a shot from Air Force senior John Melcher. Chavez placed the rebound top shelf from 12 yards as Melcher collected his sixth assist of the season.
Chavez then broke a 1-all tie in the 83rd minute with a very similar play to his first goal. Kevin Durr started the play with a through pass to Conor Henry at the top of the box. Henry spun and took a shot that Brown saved but didn't grab and Chavez flew in from the left side to find the open net for the second game-winner of his career.
Air Force led the MPSF with four players of the week this season. The Falcons, who finished third in the conference, will play Denver in the first round of the MPSF Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at CIBER Field at the University of Denver.