Nov. 12, 2013
(4) Air Force Falcons vs. (5) Houston Baptist Huskies
Quarterfinals - 2013 WAC Championships
Thursday, Nov. 14 / 12 p.m.
Cadet Soccer Stadium / USAFA, CO
Falcons Host WAC Tournament Beginning on Thursday
The Air Force Falcons open the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 14 against the Houston Baptist Huskies in the quarterfinals. The game is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. at the Academy’s Cadet Soccer Stadium. Air Force is the tournament’s No. 4 seed after finishing the regular season with a 3-10-5 overall record and 3-2-5 mark the WAC, while the Huskies are the fifth seed and finished 9-6-2 overall and 4-4-2 in league play. The two teams tied for the East Division title with 14 points in WAC play, but Air Force gained the higher seed due to a 1-0-1 record against Houston Baptist this season.
Downey, Klazura earn All-WAC Honors
Senior co-captains Caleb Downey and Brian Klazura were selected to the 2013 All-WAC teams on Tuesday. Downey, a defender from Evergreen, Colo., was selected to the first team, while Klazura, a forward from Rockford, Ill., is a second-team pick.
This is the third all-conference honor for Downey, who was a second-team all-MPSF selection in 2011 and an honorable mention last season. This is Klazura’s first all-conference selection.
Air Force Closes Out Regular Season With Split vs. Grand Canyon
Air Force extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Grand Canyon last Tuesday night in a make-up game from the postponed Oct. 5 game due to the government shutdown. The two teams also played in the regular-season finale last Friday night in Phoenix with GCU claiming a 1-0 victory.
Sophomore Gus Jensen scored the game-winning goal with just over three minutes remaining in regulation to complete the rally against GCU. Jensen, who scored his first career goal with the game-winner in the previous game against Bakersfield, found the ball at his feet at the top of the box and fired a rocket past GCU goalie Joshua Zehring to the far post with 3:04 left on the clock.
2013 WAC Tournament Schedule
at USAFA, Colo. - All times Mountain (Tournament info available at wacsports.com.)
Thursday, Nov. 14 - Quarterfinals
(4) Air Force vs. (5) Houston Baptist, 12 p.m.
(2) Bakersfield vs. (7) Kansas City, 3 p.m.
(3) UNLV vs. (6) San Jose State, 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15 - Semifinals
(1) Seattle vs. Air Force-Houston Baptist Winner, 3 p.m.
Bakersfield-Kansas City Winner vs. UNLV-San Jose State Winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 - Championship
Semifinal Winners, 12 p.m.
Last Year at the Conference Tournament
Air Force claimed its first ever conference championship last season at the final Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. The Falcons entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and defeated UNLV, 4-2, in the quarterfinals. Brian Klazura scored a golden goal in double overtime the next day as Air Force defeated Bakersfield, 2-1, in the semis, then the Falcons won a shootout 5-3 over nationally-ranked New Mexico to win the conference’s automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Falcons at WAC Tournament
The Falcons returned to the Western Athletic Conference this season after 14 years in the MPSF. Air Force was a member of the WAC from 1996-98 and is 0-1 all-time at the WAC Tournament, falling to Fresno State, 4-1, in the 1998 semifinals.
Falcons Hold Winning Record vs. Houston Baptist
After going 1-0-1 against Houston Baptist during the regular season, Air Force holds a 4-2-2 record in the all-time series. This will be the first time the two teams have played in the postseason.
Falcons Picked Second, Finished Fourth
The Falcons were picked to finish second in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll by the league’s eight head coaches. Seattle, which was picked sixth in the preseason poll, went undefeated in league play to win the regular-season title. Bakersfield was predicted to win the conference.