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This Week in WAC Men's Soccer - Oct. 23

This Week in WAC Men's Soccer - Oct. 23

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USAFA'S DEWING, UNLV'S BOHN NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Air Force's Austin Dewing and UNLV's Nathan Bohn have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 15 - 21.
 
Dewing, a senior forward from Colorado Springs, Colo (Air Academy HS), scored three goals on the weekend to lead the league in points. On Thursday against San José State, he notched the first two goal en route to a 4-0 win and then on Saturday, he scored the opening goal in the 29th minute of a 2-1 win over Seattle U. He leads the Falcons with 11 goals and now has 28 goals in his career, which ranks him sixth in WAC history.
 
Bohn, a redshirt senior goalkeeper from Las Vegas (Arbor View HS), had a pair of shutouts on the road for the Rebels. Against Kansas City, he only faced six total shots and didn't have to make a save to earn his second win of the season and first shutout. He was tested a bit more at Houston Baptist, making six saves in a 1-0 win to help the Rebels complete the weekend sweep.
 
Other offensive nominees: California Baptist's Sebastian Wiesbock scored the game-winning goal in the final 10 seconds of a 2-1 win at UIW, also assisting on the Lancers' first goal … Grand Canyon's Josh Drack scored the Lopes' lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Kansas City on Sunday … Kansas City's Henry Ramirez scored the game-winning goal after assisting on the equalizer in Sunday's 2-1 win over Grand Canyon … UNLV's Jesus Partida scored back-to-back game-winners for UNLV in a pair of 1-0 victories at Kansas City and Houston Baptist … UT Rio Grande Valley's Kyle Edwards recorded the brace in Sunday's 2-1 win over California Baptist and also had an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over CSU Bakersfield … Utah Valley's Blake Frischknecht scored for the Wolverines in Thursday's 2-0 win over Seattle U.
 
Other defensive nominees: Air Force's Andrea Seazzu was solid again in net for the Falcons, earning a shutout in Thursday's 4-0 win over San José State and making four saves in Saturday's 2-1 win over Seattle U … Kansas City's Filippo Errico made a pair of saves in a 2-1 win over Grand Canyon on Sunday … UT Rio Grande Valley's Andy Rios averaged 5.0 saves per match in a pair of home wins over CSU Bakersfield and California Baptist … Utah Valley's Joseph Wheelwright made three saves to earn the shutout win on Thursday against Seattle U.
 
UP NEXT
Just two weeks remain in the regular season as the push for a spot in the WAC Tournament heats up this week. First-place Air Force hits the road, traveling to UNLV and Grand Canyon. The Rebels and Lopes will also entertain second-place Utah Valley. The other second place team, UT Rio Grande Valley, joins UIW in trips to Seattle U and San José State. Houston Baptist and Kansas City head west to California for matches at CSU Bakersfield and California Baptist to round out the week's schedule.
 
WASHED OUT
After a lengthy lightning delay and storm that left Sorel Field unplayable, the match between Grand Canyon and Houston Baptist on Oct. 19 was abandoned in the 64th minute and will not be made up. Because of the disparity in matches played, the WAC standings and seeding for the WAC Tournament will now be based on winning percentage instead of points.
 
BY THE NUMBERS
While Seattle U leads the WAC in shots (290), it's Air Force holding the top spot in points (123), goals (43), least goals allowed (10), goals against average (0.61) and shutouts (7). The Falcons are tied with UT Rio Grande Valley for the lead in assists with 37. San José State has the lead in saves with 75. 
 
Indvidually, UNLV's Marco Gonzalez holds the lead in shots (56) while CBU's Preston Judd has the lead in points (28) and goals (13). UTRGV's William Akio leads the league in assists (9) while AFA's Tucker Bone is the leader in game-winning goals (5). In goal, AFA's Andrea Seazzu is tops in goals against average (0.58) and save percentage (.812). SJSU's Alex Clewis is the saves leader (71) while SU's Josh Adachi has the most shutouts (6).
 
In WAC play, Seattle U leads in shots (150) and Air Force leads in points (68), goals (23), least goals allowed (5), goals against average (0.61) and are tied with UT Rio Grande Valley in assists (22). UIW and CSU Bakersfield are tied for the lead in saves (41) while UNLV and Utah Valley are tied for the lead in shutouts (4).
 
Individually, UNLV's Gonzalez is the leader in shots (26) and AFA's Bone and Austin Dewing are tied with UTRGV's Kyle Edwards for the lead in points (14) and goals (6). UTRGV's Akio is the asssists leader (6). UNLV's Nathan Bohn has the top goals against average (0.00) and save percentage (1.000) while CSUB's Rodrigo Sarmiento is the leader in saves (39). UVU's Joseph Wheelwright has the lead for shutouts in WAC play with four.
 
ON THE MAP
Air Force moved back into the top ten in two of the national polls this week. In the United Soccer Coaches Top 25, the Falcons are now ranked eighth. Air Force is also eighth in the College Soccer News Top 30 and 15th in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25. Seattle U is among those receiving votes in the CSN Top 30 while UT Rio Grande Valley earned votes in the USC Top 25.
 
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 moved up to the top of the list, trading places with Stanford. UT Rio Grande Valley moved into the poll at fourth while Utah Valley stayed steady at eight.
 
REPPING THE RPI
The WAC has five teams in the top 100 of the latest NCAA RPI Rankings. Air Force jumped up 15 spots to 17th in the national rankings, putting the Falcons in position for a possible national seed in the NCAA tournament. UT Rio Grande Valley is 39th, followed by Seattle U in 68th. Utah Valley is 80th and San José State is 87th.
 
BRING ON THE BEST
The WAC played 10 Top 25 opponents from the coaches poll in non-conference play and went 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. 
 
AMONG THE BEST
As a conference, the WAC ranks third nationally in goals (260) and assists (249). The league is second nationally in saves (671) and wins (85).
 
CLIMBING THE CAREER CHARTS
A number of players have cracked the WAC top-10 in several career categories. Air Force's Austin Dewing is fifth all-time in points with 73 while teammate Tucker Bone is seventh with 66. Dewing's 28 career goals puts him sixth on the career list. SU's Sergio Rivas and Bone are tied for third on the all-time assists list with 22. Rivas is also third in shots with 221. Kansas City's Filippo Errico is second on the career saves list with 197.
 
EXTRA TIME
The WAC has seen 20 overtime matches this season, including four in conference play. Overall, the league is 6-9-9 in extra time.
 
SMART GUYS
Four men's soccer teams from the Western Athletic Conference have earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2017-18 academic year. 
 
To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.
 
UT Rio Grande Valley had the highest team GPA among the WAC teams honored as the Vaqueros posted an impressive 3.50 grade-point average. Grand Canyon was next with a 3.34 GPA, followed by CSU Bakersfield at 3.10 and Seattle U at 3.08. 
 
289 men's teams across all three divisions were honored, with 191 schools receiving honors for both their men and women's team. All four men's teams from the WAC that were honored were joined by their women's programs as well.
 
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 semifinalist 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.