Oct. 25, 2011
Wyoming Cowgirls (9-5-4, 2-1-2) vs. Air Force Falcons (6-9-3, 1-4)
Saturday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m.
Cadet Soccer Stadium - USAFA, Colo.
Air Force Hosts Wyoming In Regular Season Finale
The Air Force women's soccer team plays host to Wyoming in its regular season finale this Saturday, Oct. 29. Admission is free for all Air Force home soccer matches.
Air Force dropped a pair of 1-0 matches last week. The Falcons fell to UNLV on Friday and lost 1-0 in overtime to San Diego State on Saturday.
Fighting To Get Into MW Tournament
Air Force is looking to get into the Mountain West tournament for the first time since 2004. The Falcons are currently tied with TCU for the final tournament slot. The MW Championship invites six of the top seven teams in the conference. Several scenarios are in play to determine the final slot.
Air Force gets into MW tournament if:
- AF wins or ties vs. Wyoming and TCU loses to New Mexico.
- AF wins over Wyoming and TCU ties New Mexico.
***If AF and TCU both win, they would get into three-way tie with Boise State for fifth place. MW will decide tournament entrants based on tie-breaker rules.
Freshman forward McKenna Fox leads the Falcons with seven goals and 17 points. Fox ranks second in the MW in points and third in goals. Senior forward Bridgett Murphy is eighth in the MW with 12 points. Sophomore Kelly Stambaugh and freshman Hannah Schwartz have split duties recently at goalkeeper. Stambaugh is 5-8-2 on the season with a 1.21 goals against average in 1,190 minutes. Schwartz is 1-1-2 on the season with a 0.81 GAA in 445 minutes.
Defense Playing Well
The Air Force defense has six shutouts on the season, which is the fourth-most all-time. The Falcons have held all but one opponent to two goals or fewer this season. Air Force posted four straight shutouts recently and did not allow a goal for 544 consecutive minutes at one point, spanning six games.
Air Force returns 12 letterwinners, including 10 starters from the 2010 team. The Falcons also welcome 13 newcomers, including 11 freshmen. Air Force returns leading scorer Stephanie Patterson, a junior forward and three-time All-MWC selection in Bridgett Murphy, a senior forward.
Quick Recap of 2010
Air Force is coming off one of its most successful seasons ever as a Div. I program in 2010, going 8-9-2 overall, its winningest season since 2001. The eight wins were more than the win totals of the previous three-years combined.
Wilson named MW Co-Defensive Player of the Week
Air Force women's soccer senior defender Cassie Wilson was named Mountain West co-defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 3.
Wilson was part of a Falcon defense that held both opponents scoreless through a combined 200 minutes of play. In Friday night's victory over Nebraska Omaha, Wilson played all 90 minutes, recording an assist on the Falcons' third goal of the match, while also holding UNO's leading scorer to just one shot attempt on the evening. Against Northern Arizona, Wilson logged all 110 minutes, holding NAU's leading scorer to three shots.
Most Goals Since 2001
Freshman McKenna Fox's seven goals are the most by a Falcon since Beth Boyer scored nine goals in 2001. Her seven goals are also the most by a Falcon freshman in the Mountain West era and the most since Stephanie Rader scored 10 goals for the Falcons in 1997.
First Hat Trick Since 2002
Air Force freshman forward McKenna Fox netted a hat trick in her second-career collegiate game, scoring three goals against CSU-Pueblo on Aug. 19. It was Air Force's first hat trick since then-freshman Jennifer Rowland scored three goals against Georgia State in 2001.
Veteran Senior Class
The four Air Force seniors are one of the most experienced classes the program has ever had. The group of Meagan Eissele, Bridgett Murphy, Krystin Shanklin and Cassie Wilson have combined to start 245 of 275 career games played.
Murphy Moving Up Scoring Charts
Senior Bridgett Murphy is beginning to move up the Academy top 10 charts. Murphy's 39 career points is eighth all-time at the Academy and the most by a Falcon in the Mountain West era. her 15 goals are also the most by a Falcon in the MW era. Her five game-winning goals are sixth all-time at AFA and her nine assists are sixth all-time.
Stambaugh Solid In Goal
Sophomore Kelly Stambaugh is off to one of the best starts by an Air Force goalkeeper ever. Stambaugh is cracked the school top ten list in most categories including, wins, minutes, saves, shutouts and goals against average.
Scouting The Opponent
Wyoming is 9-5-4 on the season after losing to San Diego State (1-0) and tying UNLV (0-0) last weekend. Freshman forward Sarah Paul leads the team with seven goals and three assists. Junior Courtney Merkle (0.73 GAA) has logged most of the minutes in goal for the Cowgirls.
- Larry Friend (USAFA 1985) is 17-33-6 in his third year as the head coach at Air Force.
- Danny Sanchez (UConn 1991) is 34-33-11 in his fourth year at Wyoming. Sanchez is 360-95-30 overall as a head coach.
Series History vs. Wyoming
- Air Force is 6-8-1 all-time vs. Wyoming.
- Air Force is looking for its first win over Wyoming since 2002. The Falcons are 0-7-1 in their last eight meetings vs. the Cowgirls.
- Wyoming has five players on its roster from Colorado, including freshman goalkeeper Carmen McDermott who attended Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs.