Nov. 7, 2012
Air Force men's soccer coach Doug Hill was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year for the 2012 season Wednesday after leading the Falcons to a second-place finish in the MPSF's Mountain Division. Five Air Force players were also named to the all-conference teams, including senior Kevin Durr, who was a first-team selection for the third straight season.
Hill guided the Falcons to an 8-8-3 overall and 5-3-2 mark in the conference this season. He led his team to its first sweep of league champion New Mexico since 2001 as both wins came with UNM ranked in the top 10 nationally. In fact, AFA's 1-0 overtime win in Albuquerque against the then fifth-ranked Lobos was the Falcons' first win over a top 5 team since the 1993 NCAA Tournament.
This is the third MPSF Coach of the Year honor for an Air Force coach as Lou Sagastume, Hill's predecessor, won the award in 1993 and 2006.
Durr, a midfielder from Garmisch, Germany, is the first Falcon to earn three straight first-team selections since Marcus Sagastume did it from 2002-04. Durr led the team in scoring during the regular season with 11 points. He scored four goals, tied for the team lead with three assists and finished sixth in the MPSF in total shots with 46.
Underwood, a goalie from Colleyville, Texas, earned his third selection to the all-conference teams as he was an honorable mention each of the last two seasons. He has played every minute this season and an impressive 1.20 goals-against average. Underwood posted a career-high six shutouts, tying for second in the league, and led the league with 83 total saves, including a career-high 13 at CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 28.
Dydasco, a forward from Honolulu, Hawaii, finished second on the team in scoring during the regular season with eight points on three goals and two assists. He scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Presbyterian and was second on the team in shots with 37. He was an honorable mention two years ago in 2010.
Jones, a defender from Virginia Beach, Va., tied for the team lead with three assists this season and led the team's field players in minutes played. He attempted 16 shots this year and was rock solid in the back this season and a major reason the Falcons allowed just 1.2 goals per game during the regular season.
Downey, a midfielder from Evergreen, Colo., scored the game-winning goal in each victory over New Mexico this season, the only two goals he scored all year. He started all 19 games and is fourth on the team in minutes played. He attempted eight shots during the season and was arguably the most versatile player for the Falcons, helping in the back when needed.
Air Force, seeded third at this week's MPSF Championship Tournament, opens the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 8 against sixth-seeded UNLV in Albuquerque, N.M., beginning at 5 p.m.