AIR FORCE (0-3-2) vs. BOWLING GREEN (0-3-2)
6 pm MT, Saturday, September 17
Cadet Soccer Stadium, USAFA Colo.
Air Force opens Cadet Soccer Stadium for the first time this season, hosting Bowling Green on Saturday, September 17. The match is slated for a 6 pm start. The meeting between the cast of Falcons marks the first match between the teams in program history.
LAST TIME OUT
After trailing for 86 minutes the Falcons battled the third-ranked Washington Huskies to a draw at one behind an incredible strike in the 88th minute, handing the PAC 12 powerhouse their first non-winning result of the season. Air Force (0-3-2) wraps up an arduous five-game road stint on a high note with the draw. Washington, managed to one goal for the first time this season, remains undefeated at 4-0-1.
Air Force’s tenacity as a team was on full display, highlighted by an outstanding defensive effort to stave off a talented and aggressive Washington offense that put up 19 shots. Senior goalie John Byszewski played like a championship keeper, recording two crucial saves against penalty kicks to keep the Falcons alive.
FALCONS SWEEP WAC WEEKLY HONORS
Air Force’s Thaddaeus Dewing spirit John Byszewski have been named the TicketSmarter Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Men’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, for the match week ending on Monday, Sept. 12.
Dewing, a junior forward, picked up his third goal of the season for Air Force in a spirited 1-1 draw for the Falcons at No. 3 Washington on Sept. 11. After trailing for all but the first 67 seconds of the match against the high-powered Huskies, Air Force found the equalizer from Dewing at 87:22 on an assist from Remy Smith to square the contest at 1-1.
Byszewski, a senior goalkeeper, battled to keep Air Force in the match at Washington despite missing standout defenders London Aghedo spirit Tyler Johnson. Byszewski made key saves on a pair of Washington penalty attempts in the 56th and 62nd minutes to keep the score line at 1-0 in favor of the Huskies, setting the stage for Dewing’s late equalizer.
EARLY SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
– Falcon keeper John Byszewski had a career night with nine saves against an aggressive No. 25 Missouri State offense. The draw marked Byszewki’s first collegiate shutout and the Bears’ first scoreless match of the 2022 campaign.
–Thaddaeus Dewing is AF’s key striker, notching the Falcons’ only goals on the season thus far—both of which against tough ACC teams in No. 24 North Carolina and No. 15 Wake Forest. Dewing has 11 career goals in 37 career appearances for the most goals on the team.
–London Aghedo spirit Tyler Johnson, AF’s key defenders, missed the match at Central Arkansas where the Falcons dropped a 3-1 contest. They were also sidelined in the match at No. 3 Washington where the Falcons tied the Huskies at one
Linchpin defender and team captain London Aghedo leads all Falcons in career minutes played with 4,409:52. Aghedo has started in all 51 career appearances for the most games started on the team. Falcon forward Thaddaeus Dewing played 90 minutes in four-of-five matches this season. Senior midfielder Luke Hill has 56 career appearances, marking the most career appearances on the team.
The Falcons head back on the road for the first of a three-match road stint. The Falcons take on San Francisco on Sunday (Sept. 25). Action is slated for 1 pm PT. The following weekend, AF opens the WAC slate at UNLV on September 30, and Utah Tech on October 2.
AROUND THE WAC
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST REMAINS ATOP A CROWDED WAC NONCONFERENCE TABLE
California Baptist remained in front of a crowded field in the nonconference WAC standings following a scoreless draw with CSU Bakersfield on Sept. 13. The Lancers have earned results in three of their last four starts dating back to Sept. 1. Grand Canyon (3-3-0), Houston Baptist (2-2-0) and Utah Valley (2-2-1) were just behind CBU with .500 records.
WAC TEAM’S MAKING PRESENCE FIELD AGAINST TOUTED FOES
It began on the opening night of the season when Seattle U traveled to No. 4 Notre Dame and claimed a 3-1 victory on Aug. 25, setting the stage for early season WAC success against nonconference opposition. UNLV tied No. 22 Santa Clara 0-0 on Aug. 25 and Utah Valley battled No. 5 Oregon State to a scoreless draw on Aug. 29. Air Force kept No. 25 Missouri off the scoreboard in a 0-0 stalemate on Sept. 2 before its 1-1 performance at No. 3 Washington on Sept. 11.
THE BATTLE FOR VARIOUS CONFERENCE STATISTICS LEADS
As of matches on Sept. 13, GCU’s Shaun Joash was the WAC leader with seven points after tallying two goals and three assists over six matches. Five other players are tied for second behind Joash with six points each. Utah Valley’s Mark Andros and Air Force’s Thaddaeus Dewing have each scored three goals to pace the conference. CBU’s Nolan Premack topped the goals against average (0.60) and save percentage (.850) charts.
SEATTLE U THE NEXT WAC TEAM TO TAKE ON WASHINGTON
Seattle U is the third member of the WAC to face off against Pac-12 powerhouse Washington thus far this season, with the Redhawks set to travel to the No. 3 Huskies on Sept. 20. Utah Valley dropped a 4-1 decision on Sept. 2 and Air Force earned a 1-1 draw at Washington on Sept. 11. Washington is also scheduled to travel to the Grand Canyon on Sept. 24.