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This Week in WAC Men's Soccer - Sept. 25

This Week in WAC Men's Soccer - Sept. 25

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SU'S McGLYNN, ADACHI NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Seattle U's Declan McGlynn and Josh Adachi have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Sept. 17 - 23.
 
McGlynn, a freshman forward from Kirkland, Wash. (Lake Washington HS), led the Redhawks to a pair of big wins on the road. On Wednesday, he scored once and assisted on two others in a 4-0 win at San Diego to cap off a three-game California road trip. Returning to the Emerald City, he made the most of his first match against rival Washington, scoring an insurance goal in the 83rd minute to help the Redhawks earn a second-straight victory over the 16th-ranked Huskies. Earlier this month, McGlynn scored the game-winning goal for the U.S. U-19 Men's National Team in the final match of the U-20 Men's Invitational.
 
Adachi, a senior goalkeeper from Pearl City, Hawai'i (Iolani' HS), earned a pair of shutouts to help lead the Redhawks to a 2-0 week on the road. At San Diego, he directed a strong defense that didn't allow a shot on goal to help him earn the clean sheet. He had to work a little harder on Sunday night at Washington, making four saves to preserve the shutout as the Redhawks earned a 2-0 win over the 16th-ranked Huskies. 
 
Other offensive nominees: Air Force's James D'Emidio had three assists in the 10th-ranked Falcons' 4-1 win at Kansas City on Saturday night … California Baptist's Preston Judd scored twice in a 4-0 win against Hope International and added another goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to UC Riverside to push in WAC-leading goal total to 11 … Grand Canyon's Josh Drack scored the game-winning goal in the Lopes' 1-0 win at UIW on Sunday … Houston Baptist's Darrell Johnson connected on the game-winner in a 2-0 win over Utah Valley … San José State's Omar Lemus earned a goal and an assist in the Spartans' 2-1 win at CSU Bakersfield … UT Rio Grande Valley's Isidro Martinez scored the first goal at Jacksonville before assisting on the second goal in a 2-0 win and then assisted on the second goal in a 2-0 win against UNLV.
 
Other defensive nominees: Air Force's Joe Ortiz anchored the Falcons' defense in a 4-1 win at Kansas City, also adding a goal and assists on the other end of the field … Grand Canyon's George Tasouris earned the shutout in the Lopes' WAC-opener on Sunday at UIW … Houston Baptist's Jorge Carbera recorded his third shutout of the season, making seven saves in a 2-0 win over Utah Valley … UT Rio Grande Valley's Andy Rios made three saves to earn the clean sheet in a 2-0 win over UNLV.
 
UP NEXT
It's a full week of conference play with all 12 teams playing twice. Eighth-ranked Air Force plays host to UIW and UT Rio Grande Valley with the Cardinals and Vaqueros also making the trip to Utah Valley. Grand Canyon and UNLV head west to California to take on California Baptist and CSU Bakersfield while Seattle U and San José State welcome Kansas City and Houston Baptist for WAC matches.
 
BY THE NUMBERS
While Seattle U leads the WAC in shots (157), it's Air Force holding the top spot in points (68), goals (24), assists (20), least goals allowed (6), goals against average (0.65) and shutouts (4). San José State holds the top spot in saves (45).
 
Individually, SU's Sergio Rivas is the leader in shots (30) while CBU's Preston Judd has the lead in both points (24) and goals (11). Four players are tied for the lead in assists (4) while UT Rio Grande Valley's William Akio and Air Force's Tucker Bone are tied for the top spot in game-winning goals (3). In net, AF's Andrea Seazzu holds the best goals against average (0.67) and also leads the league in shutouts (4) while GCU's George Tasouris has the best save percentage (.842). SJSU's Alex Clewis is the saves leader (43).
 
ON THE MAP
The Air Force Falcons are officially a consensus top-10 team among the three polls released by press time. The Falcons moved up two spots to eighth in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 and are ninth in the College Soccer News Top 30 and 10th in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25. Seattle U has also earned the attention of the pollsters as the Redhawks are 25th in the TDS Top 25 and among those receiving votes in both the USC Top 25 and CSN Top 30.
 
REGIONALLY RANKED
The United Soccer Coaches switched up the regional ranking system for 2018 and the WAC is now in the Far West Region with the Pac-12 and Big West conferences. Air Force continues to sit atop the rankings for the second straight week. Seattle U moved back into the rankings at fifth while UT Rio Grande Valley also appears at 10th.
 
REPPING THE RPI
The WAC has three teams in the top 50 of the first NCAA RPI release. Air Force is the top team at 24 with UT Rio Grande Valley at 32 and Seattle U at 38. Houston Baptist is just outside the top 50 at 51.
 
BRING ON THE BEST
The WAC played 10 Top 25 opponents from the coaches poll in non-conference play and has gone 8-1-1 in those games. Air Force, Grand Canyon and Seattle U have two of those wins each, San José State has a win and a tie and UNLV has the final Top 25 win. 
 
SOARING HIGH
Air Force head coach Doug Hill recorded his 100th career victory on Sept. 22 as his 10th-ranked Falcons earned a 4-1 win at Kansas City to open WAC play.
 
MAN OF MANY HATS
California Baptist's Preston Judd has made quite the introduction for himself in the Lancers' move to NCAA Division I. The sophomore forward has already recorded two hat tricks this season, scoring three goals in CBU's season-opening win at Saint Peter's and then repeating the feat, and adding an assist, in the Lancers' win at Gonzaga on Aug. 31.
 
LOTS OF LOPES
Grand Canyon recorded its first ever win over a United Soccer Coaches Top 25 team when they earned a 2-1 victory over 12th-ranked Wisconsin on opening night and there were a lot of fans in attendance to witness the feat. GCU set a new attendance record with 6,648 on Aug. 24, breaking the old mark of 6,402 from opening night of GCU Stadium in 2016.
 
A LOT FOR THE LANCERS TO CELEBRATE
California Baptist earned a 3-0 win over Saint Peter's in its first-ever Division I men's soccer game and the victory also happened to be the 100th career win for head coach Coe Michaelson.
 
SEATTLE U PICKED TO WIN 2018 TITLE
Seattle U is the preseason favorite to win the 2018 Western Athletic Conference men's soccer title in a vote of the league's 12 head coaches, who could not vote for their own team.
 
The Redhawks collected nine of 12 first-place votes and 119 total points to take the top spot after winning the 2017 WAC Tournament and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. UNLV was selected second with 105 points, just one tick ahead of defending regular season champion Air Force, who earned the remaining three first-place votes and 104 points overall. Tournament Through 9/10ist San José State was selected fourth with 84 points, followed by Utah Valley in fifth with 79 points and Grand Canyon in sixth with 75 points. CSU Bakersfield was selected seventh with 55 points, followed by UT Rio Grande Valley in eighth, Kansas City in ninth, newcomer California Baptist in 10th, Houston Baptist in 11th and UIW in 12th. 
 
AUNE, RIVAS HIGHLIGHT PRESEASON ALL-WAC SQUAD
Seattle U midfielder Sergio Rivas and defender Nathan Aune were selected as WAC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year respectively in a vote of the league's 12 head coaches, who could not vote for their own players. 
 
Rivas and Aune are joined on the Preseason All-WAC squad by teammates Anthony Ayala and Josh Adachi. UNLV has three players as forward Marco Gonzalez, midfielder Timo Mehlich and defender Adam Musovski were honored. Air Force had two selected as forwards Tucker Bone and Austin Dewing represented the Falcons. Grand Canyon midfielder Josh Drack and San José State defender Andy Rios rounded out the 11-member team.
 
AUNE, BONE NAMED TO MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST
Seattle U's Nathan Aune and Air Force's Tucker Bone are among those on the watch list for the 2018 Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy. Aune was the 2017 WAC Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-American as a junior. Bone was a semiThrough 9/10ist for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy as he earned first-team All-American honors as a junior.
 
QUARTET EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
Air Force forward Tucker Bone and Seattle U midfielder Sergio Rivas were both named to the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI First Team. Seattle U defender Nathan Aune was a second-team selection while teammate Declan McGlynn was named to the TDS Best XI Freshman Team. In addition, both Aune and Bone were named to the Soccer American Preseason Men's College Best XI.
 
WELCOME TO THE WAC
California Baptist joins the Western Athletic Conference as a full-time member in 2018-19. The Lancers won the NCAA Division II Learfield Cup in 2017-18. They will begin their four year transition process to Division 1. This will make them ineligible to compete in post season tournaments (WAC and NCAA) until 2022-2023 season. 
 
THE SEATTLE SEVEN
With 11 men's soccer teams eligible for the postseason in 2018, the WAC tournament field remains at seven teams. The tournament also features an extra rest day between the first round and semiThrough 9/10 round. The regular season champion and top seed will receive the only bye in the tournament, with the other teams beginning play on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Seattle. Semifinals will be played on Friday, Nov. 9 with the championship game set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.
 
PLAYING THE BEST
The WAC has 19 non-conference games against participants from the 2017 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament including rematches of all three games the WAC played in the national tournament last season. Air Force is among those with a rematch, facing Virginia Tech in a neutral-site match on opening night at James Madison. Seattle hosts its second-round opponent Akron on Sep. 7 and then takes on rival and first-round opponent Washington on Sep. 23. Opening night will also feature San José State traveling to defending national champion Stanford and Grand Canyon hosting Wisconsin. Akron will also make the trip to Phoenix on Sep. 20 to take on the Lopes.  
 
ON THE AIR
The WAC Digital Network will broadcast 97 regular season games and all six games of the expanded 2018 WAC Men's Soccer Tournament in Seattle.