Nov. 9, 2011
Five players from the Air Force Academy men's soccer team were named to the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all-conference teams, announced Wednesday by the conference. Junior midfielder Kevin Durr was named to the first team for the second consecutive season, while junior forward Garrett Getschow and sophomore midfielder Caleb Downey were second-team selections and junior goalie Matt Underwood and junior defender Eric Tise earned honorable mention.
Durr, from Garmisch, Germany, led the team in scoring during the regular season with 20 points. He scored five goals and dished out a team-high 10 assists. His 10 assists rank second in the conference and sixth nationally. Durr also finished second in the MPSF in total shots with 63. He is the first Falcon since Marcus Sagastume in 2003 and '04 to be a two-time first-team all-conference selection.
Getschow, from Flower Mound, Texas, returned to the team this season after taking a year off from the Academy and led the squad with eight goals during the regular season. He finished second on the team and seventh in the MPSF in scoring with 17 points. Getschow has two game-winning goals this season, against Pittsburgh and College of Charleston.
Downey, from Evergreen, Colo., has started all 18 games and is sixth on the team in minutes played. He tallied his only point of the season with an assist in a 6-1 rout of Buffalo. He attempted eight shots during the season and was arguably the most versatile player for the Falcons, playing in the back when needed.
Underwood, from Colleyville, Texas, earned honorable mention honors for the second straight season. He has played every minute this season and has a stellar 1.02 goals-against average, good for No. 3 in the league. He posted four shutouts and finished the regular season second in the league with 69 saves. He was named the MPSF Player of the Week after posting consecutive shutouts against San Jose State and Sacramento State.
Tise, from Cumming, Ga., is third on the team in minutes played. He tallied his only point of the season with an assist on the game-winner in a 4-0 win at UNLV. He was rock solid in the back this season and was a major reason the Falcons allowed just one goal per game during the regular season.
Air Force finished the 2011 regular season with an 11-5-2 overall record and a 5-3-2 mark in the MPSF. The Falcons, seeded third at this week's MPSF Championship Tournament, opens the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 11 against sixth-seeded Denver in Denver, Colo., beginning at 7:30 p.m.