DENVER – The Air Force Falcons will be the top seed for the second straight season to highlight the bracket for the 2018 WAC Men's Soccer Tournament.
The Falcons went 8-2-0 in WAC play to earn the regular season title. Air Force was led by 12 goals and six assists from midfielder Tucker Bone as well as 11 goals and four assists from forward Austin Dewing. Goalkeeper Andrea Seazzu posted a 0.68 goals against average in the regular season with an .810 save percentage. By virtue of the top seed, the Falcons earn the lone bye in the tournament and will not play until Friday afternoon.
UT Rio Grande Valley earned the second seed, going 8-3-0 in conference play, and will play a 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The Vaqueros were led by 11 goals and four assists from Kyle Edwards. Junior William Akio was among the top distributors in the WAC, collecting nine assists on the season. Andy Rios saw most of the time in net and posted a 1.30 goals-against average for UTRGV.
Host Seattle U takes the third seed and will open the tournament on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. The Redhawks, who are hosting the tournament for the second time, went 7-4-0 in league play. The SU offense is led by freshman Declan McGlynn, who scored six goals and assisted on five others in 17 games played. Josh Adachi has seen all the time in net for SU this season, allowing 21 goals for a 1.10 goals against average.
The fourth seed goes to Grand Canyon. The Lopes, who have earned four top-25 win this season, finished the WAC schedule with a record of 6-4-0. Both Jackson Jellah and Josh Drack have three goals and an assist for seven points. Freshman George Tasouris has been a wall in goal, posting a 0.93 goals against average in just under 1,350 minutes played.
Utah Valley earns the fifth seed and will take on Grand Canyon in the tournament opener at 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Blake Frischknecht paces the Wolverine offense with six goals and an assist in 17 matches played. Joseph Wheelwright has earned his place as starting keeper, allowing 15 goals in 16 matches for a 0.95 goals against average.
San José State will be the sixth seed after going 5-5-1 in league play. Omar Lemus has led the Spartans' offense with five goals and five assists. Goalkeeper Alex Clewis has been strong in goal, making 85 saves in 17 matches with a pair of shutouts. The Spartans will face Seattle U in their tournament opener.
UNLV is the final team in the field, earning the seventh seed with a 5-5-1 record but losing the tiebreaker to San José State based on head-to-head results. The Rebels are led offensively by 10 goals and three assists from Marco Gonzalez. Freshman Nico Clasen has done a good job setting up his teammate, recording nine assists in his first season. Enrique Adame has seen the majority of time in net, allowing 21 goals for a 1.38 goals-against average. The Rebels will take on UT Rio Grande Valley in Wednesday's middle match.
The 2018 WAC Tournament begins on Wednesday, November 7 at Championship Field in Seattle.