Aug. 27, 2008
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Idaho State Bengals (1-0-0) vs. Air Force Falcons (0-1-0)
Friday, August 29, 6 p.m. @ Cadet Soccer Stadium - USAFA
Valparaiso Crusaders (1-0-0) vs. Air Force Falcons
Sunday, August 31, 12 p.m. @ Cadet Soccer Stadium - USAFA
Air Force Opens 2008 Home Slate Hosting Idaho State & Valparaiso
The Air Force women's soccer team opens its 2008 home schedule hosting Idaho State and Valparaiso. The Falcons take on the Bengals on Friday, Aug. 29 and the Crusaders on Sunday, Aug. 31. Admission is free of all Air Force soccer home matches.
Radio ***(Updated at 2 p.m. on Aug. 27)***
Air Force's Sunday match vs. Valparaiso can be listened to live via internet radio. Log on to the Valparaiso Athletics website at valpoathletics.com. Live stats will not be available.
Air Force opened its season Sunday, Aug. 24 with a 2-1 overtime loss at Northern Colorado. Trailing for much of the game, the Falcons tied the game in the 77th minute as freshman Meagan Eissele scored on a header off a corner kick by Rachael Emory. UNC rallied with a goal in overtime however, winning in the 96th minute of play.
Eissele leads the Falcons with one goal and Emory with one assist. Junior Ashlee Curtis started the first game at goalkeeper and recorded three saves.
Seniors Kristen Wolverton and Roni Yadlin are team captains for the 2008 season. Both are three-year letterwinners.
Sixteen freshmen are listed on Air Force's opening-day roster. Eleven saw action against Northern Colorado, with four earning starts. At one point in the UNC game, Air Force had eight freshmen on the field.
Scouting The Opponents
Idaho State enters the weekend with a 1-0 record after defeating Utah State 2-1 by scoring the go-ahead goal at the 109:44 mark. Idaho State returns 17 letterwinners and six starters off the 2007 team that went 7-5-6. Freshman Michelle Harrison started at goalkeeper for the Bengals.
Valparaiso enters the weekend with a 1-0 record after defeating Ball State 1-0 last weekend. The Crusaders return 14 letterwinners and six starters off the 2007 team that went 10-9. Junior Mele Cabral recorded the shutout in front of the net for Valpo.
- Marty Buckley is in his 17th year as the head coach at Air Force. The 1978 Chico State (CA) grad. has a 110-182-19 record at the Academy.
- Allison Gibson is in her third year as the head coach at Idaho State. The 1995 Sonoma State (CA) grad. has a 17-14-7 record as a coach.
- John Marovich is in his first year as a head coach. Marovich is a 1994 grad. of Purdue-Calumet.
Three players on the Valparaiso roster hail from Colorado. Mele Cabral is a native of Boulder and attended Fairview High School. Tracy Roos is a native of Centennial and attended Cherry Creek High School. Dana McGlone is a native of Littleton and attended Heritage High School.
Series History vs. Opponents
Air Force has played Idaho State four times and has a 2-1-1 lead in the series. The Bengals won last year's meeting, however, 1-0, at the Idaho State Tournament in Pocatello, Idaho.
Air Force takes on Valparaiso for the first-time ever.
Air Force plays hosts a pair of home matches next weekend. The Falcons play Ball State on Friday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. and Long Island on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m.