Air Force Opens MW Play At Fresno State

    Junior defender Loren Catchpole.
    Junior defender Loren Catchpole.

    Sept. 26, 2012

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    Air Force Falcons (5-2-3) vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (2-6-3)
    Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m. @ Bulldog Stadium - Fresno, CA

    The Last Meeting
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    September 18, 2011
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    Air Force Women's Soccer Downed By Fresno State, 2-0
    Air Force women's soccer dropped a 2-0 match to Fresno State Sunday afternoon at the Cadet Soccer Stadium. The loss drops the Falcons to 4-5 on the season, while the Bulldogs improved to 4-3-2.

    Live Stats: goAirForceFalcons.com

    Air Force Opens MW Play At Fresno State
    Air Force women's soccer opens Mountain West play at new conference rival Fresno State this Sunday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is 1 p.m. PST.

    2012 Falcons
    Air Force returns 16 letterwinners and eight starters. The Falcons welcome 11 newcomers. Air Force returns three of its top four scorers from last season, including leading 2011 scorer in sophomore midfielder McKenna Fox.

    2011 Recap
    Air Force went 6-10-3 and finished fifth in the Mountain West Conference in 2011. The Falcons graduated four seniors, all starters.

    Last Weekend
    Air Force rallied to defeat Sam Houston State 2-1 last Friday. A pair of second-half goals from Stephanie Patterson lifted the Falcons to the win and kept the team undefeated at home.

    Team Leaders
    Senior forward Stephanie Patterson leads the Falcons in scoring with five goals and 10 points. Junior Kelly Stambaugh has a 0.56 goals against average in goal and has 49 saves in 961 minutes.

    Stambaugh Amongst NCAA Leaders
    Air Force goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh is ranked amongst the nation's Top 20 in a pair of categories. The junior is 20th in the nation with a 0.56 goals allowed average and 16th in saves percentage (.891). Stambaugh has allowed just six goals in 961 minutes, and has five shutouts on the season. Her 0.98 career GAA is the best ever at Air Force.

    Team Captains
    Senior defender Kim Koeppen and senior midfielder Sophia Lockerby are the team captains for the 2012 season.

    Scouting The Opponents
    Fresno State is 2-6-3 after wins over CSU Bakersfield (3-0) and Cal Poly (2-1). Forward Callie Hancock leads the team with six goals scored. Katie DeVault has a 1.90 GAA in goal for the Bulldogs.

    The Coaches
    - Larry Friend (USAFA 1985) is 22-36-9 in his fourth year as the head coach at Air Force.
    - Brian Zwaschka (Grandview 1992) is 28-33-13 in his fourth year at Fresno State.

    Opponent Connections
    - Air Force has seven players on its roster from California, the most of any state.
    - Fresno State senior forward Callie Hancock is a Littleton, Colo., native. Hancock attended Chatfield High School.

    Series History
    - Air Force 0-2 all-time vs. Fresno State.
    - Last year, the Bulldogs beat the Falcons 2-0 at the Academy in a non-conference match.

    Up Next
    Air Force plays host to UNLV next Friday, Oct. 5.

     

     

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