Falcons Face Denver Thursday at MPSF Tournament

    Junior Garrett Getschow leads the Falcons with eight goals
    Junior Garrett Getschow leads the Falcons with eight goals

    Nov. 8, 2011

    Game #19
    Air Force Falcons vs. Denver Pioneers
    First Round - 2011 MPSF Tournament
    Thursday, Nov. 10 / 7:30 p.m.
    CIBER Field / Denver, Colo.
     
    RECORDS
    Air Force 11-5-2, 5-3-2 MPSF
    Denver 5-10-3, 3-6-1 MPSF
     
    RECENT RESULTS
    Air Force defeated Denver, 2-1
     
    COACHES
    Doug Hill (USAFA, 1983)
    Air Force 35-50-5, Fifth Season
    Overall, Same
     
    Bobby Muuss (UConn, 1999)
    Denver 39-38-17, Fifth Season
    Overall, Same
     
    Falcons Open MPSF Tournament on Thursday
    The Air Force Falcons open the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 10 against the Denver Pioneers in the quarterfinals. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at CIBER Field on the DU campus. Air Force is the tournament's No. 3 seed after finishing the regular season with an 11-5-2 overall record and 5-3-2 mark the MPSF, while the Pioneers are the sixth-seed and finished 5-10-3 overall and 3-6-1 in league play.
     
    Air Force Clinches Third Place in MPSF With Win Over DU
    Senior Ben Chavez scored both Air Force goals in his final home game as the Falcons defeated Denver 2-1 Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium. With the victory, the Falcons extended their unbeaten streak to five games and clinched third place in the final MPSF standings.
    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.
      The game was a back-and forth affair in the second half until Chavez 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 his second career game-winner.
     
    2011 MPSF Tournament Schedule
    at Denver, Colo. - All times MST
     
    Thursday, Nov. 10 - Quarterfinals
    (4) Sacramento State vs. (5) San Jose State, 5 p.m.
    (3) Air Force vs. (6) Denver, 7:30 p.m.
     
    Friday, Nov. 11 - Semifinals
    (1) New Mexico vs. Lowest Seed, 5 p.m.
    (2) CSU Bakersfield vs. Highest Seed, 7:30 p.m.
     
    Sunday, Nov. 13 - Championship
    Semifinal Winners, 1 p.m.
     
    Tickets are available through the University of Denver ticket office at (303) 871-3573.
     
    Most Wins in a Decade
    Air Force's 11 wins are the most in one season since the 2001 season, when the Falcons finished 11-5-1.
     
    Last Season at the MPSF Tournament
    Air Force lost to host Sacramento State 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 MPSF Tournament in Denver. John Melcher and Zane Dydasco each scored a goal to tie the game at 2-all, but the Hornets scored the game's last four goals to claim the win.
     
    Chavez Named MPSF Player of the Week
    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.
     
    Falcons Top 20 in Country in Scoring
    Air Force is in the top 20 in the country in two statistical categories. The Falcons are 17th in total goals with 34 and 18th in scoring offense, averaging 1.89 points per game. In addition, the Falcons are tied for 33rd with a .667 winning percentage.
    Individually, junior Kevin Durr is second in the conference and tied for sixth in the country with 10 assists. Durr is also second in the MPSF with 63 total shots. Also, Matt Underwood is second int he conference with 69 saves and third with a 1.02 goals-against average.
     
    Falcons Picked Seventh, Finish Third
    For the second consecutive season, Air Force finished four spots higher than it was picked in the MPSF preseason coaches poll, voted on by the league's eight head coaches. The Falcons finished third in the league, the greatest margin between prediction and actual finish in the conference for the second straight season.
     
    2011 MPSF PRESEASON POLL
    Team (1st-Place Votes) - Pts.
    1. CSU Bakersfield (5) - 46
    2. New Mexico (2) - 41
    2. Denver (1) - 41
    4. Sacramento State - 30
    5. UNLV - 22
    6. San Jose State - 19
    7. Air Force - 13
    8. Seattle - 12

     

     

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