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Air Force Men’s Soccer Earns a Bid to the NCAA Tournament

Despite losing in the first round of the WAC tournament, the Falcons earned a spot and a first round home game after winning the conference in the regular season

Photo Courtesy of AF Men’s Soccer Twitter @AirForceSoccer

While fall sports usually evoke thought of tailgates and gridiron battles, the Air Force Academy men’s soccer team has been on one of the hottest tears in Falcon athletics.

With an outstanding 15-4 record on the season and an 8-2 Western Athletic Conference record, the Falcons have been dominant in the regular season, and they earned a spot in the 2018 NCAA tournament. They will face Central Arkansas on Thursday, November 15th, at home. The winner will go on to play the University of Denver in the second round.

Air Force won the WAC regular season title, but unfortunately they were bounced from the WAC tournament after an opening round loss to Grand Canyon University. They were awarded an at large bid in the tournament thanks to a historical season.

At total of 10 Falcons received WAC honors, while midfielder Tucker Bone earned Offensive Player of the Year and goalkeeper Andrea Seazzu earned Defensive Player of the Year titles.

Air Force has been statistically dominant in this season and they were undefeated in nine games at home. They outscored their opponents 48 goals to 14 and Seazzu boasted a .800 save percentage.

Coach Doug Hill, a retired Lieutenant Colonel who flew as an Air Force pilot, is coaching the Falcons to one of his most successful seasons to date, but he has coached three other teams to the NCAA tournament in previous years as an assistant coach.

The NCAA tournament is made up of a 48-team field with four rounds before the championship game. The first games will take place on November 15th and the final game will be held on either November 30th or December 1st.

We here at AAE wish the Falcons the best of luck!