GAMEDAY: No. 18 MSOC vs. No. 12 Air Force
By Seattle University
SEATTLE – (Oct. 11) No. 18 Seattle University men’s soccer welcomes 12th-ranked Air Force for a WAC match on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Championship Field.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
ABOUT THE GAME
- No. 18 Seattle U (9-2-0, 3-0-1 WAC) vs. No. 12 Air Force (9-1-1, 3-0-0 WAC)
- All-time series-Air Force leads, 4-3-1
- Home-SU leads, 2-0-1
- Away-Air Force leads, 3-1-0
- Neutral-Air Force leads, 1-0-0
- Last meeting-Air Force won, 3-1, at WAC Championship (Nov. 11, 2016)
NEWS AND NOTES
- The Redhawks won, 2-0, at Incarnate Word on Oct. 8. Gabriel Ruiz and Alex Roldan both scored as SU tallied its seventh shutout of the season. It marked Ruiz’s first collegiate goal.
- SU tied, 2-2, at UTRGV on Oct. 6. Medo Youssef scored two goals as the Redhawks settled for a draw in their WAC road opener.
- Seattle U, the nation’s leader in shots per game, maintained a 21-3 margin in shots at UTRGV. SU averages 19.5 shots per game. Air Force ranks fifth nationally with 16.1 shots per match.
- SU is ranked No. 18 in the latest College Soccer News poll. In the United Soccer Coaches poll, Seattle U is among those receiving votes.
- Air Force enters the match ranked No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches poll and No. 16 in the College Soccer News poll. The Falcons are second in Division I in shutout percentage (0.73) and seventh in save percentage (.862) this season.
- Seattle U beat San Jose State, 1-0, on Oct. 1, to get out to a 2-0-0 start in WAC play. Alex Roldan scored in the 30th minute and Josh Adachi posted three saves in net.
- The Redhawks hammered CSU Bakersfield, 4-0, in the WAC opener on Sept. 29. Sergio Rivas scored two goals, while Quinn Fahling and Orlando Neto each notched their first goals at SU.
- Josh Adachi was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year on Oct. 2. The redshirt junior goalkeeper notched two shutouts in two home wins for his first conference weekly honor.
- SU held a 22-1 advantage in shots in the win over CSUB on Sept. 29. Seattle U leads the nation in shots per game at 20.7.
- Seattle U lost to No. 19 Washington, 2-0, for the WAC/101 Club Cup on Sept. 24. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd at Championship Field. The decision also broke SU’s 21-game home win streak.
- Air Force beat Seattle U to close the 2016 regular season and then again in the WAC Championship semifinals.
- The Falcons were picked to take fourth in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Austin Dewing, Tucker Bone, and John Wendt were selected to the All-WAC Preseason Team.
- Last season, SU and Incarnate Word tied, 1-1, at UIW. Alex Roldan scored 34 seconds in, but UIW scored in the second half and eventually forced a draw.
- The Redhawks defeated Drexel, 1-0, on Sept. 17. Cody Gibson scored his fifth goal in three games, as Josh Adachi made four saves to pick up his fourth shutout of the season.
- SU outshot the Dragons, 32-4, on Sept. 17. It marked the most shots by a Redhawk unit since Oct. 5, 2007, when SU tried 39 shots against the University of Mary.
- SU scored four times in the second half on its way to a 5-2 win over Santa Clara on Sept. 14. Cody Gibson and Alex Roldan both scored two goals as the Redhawks won their 20th straight game at Championship Field.
- For the first time since SU’s return to Division I, two Redhawks scored twice in the same game. Cody Gibson and Alex Roldan each recorded a pair of goals in the win over Santa Clara.
- Seattle U went to No. 22 Gonzaga and came away with a 2-0 win on Sept. 9. Cody Gibson scored two goals and Josh Adachi made a pair of saves for his third shutout of the year.
- SU took down Mercer, 2-1 in overtime, on Sept. 7. Sergio Rivas scored 1:42 into OT to lift the Redhawks to their 19th straight win at Championship Field, the longest active home win streak in Division I.
- Seattle U outshot the Bears, 28-4, in the contest. The 28 Redhawk shots were the most by an SU squad since Sept. 16, 2015, when it attempted 28 shots in a 3-0 win over Northwestern.
- Before allowing a goal to Mercer late in the first half on Sept. 7, SU had gone 308:01 without surrendering a goal at Championship Field.
- Seattle U opened the 2017 season with a pair of impressive 1-0 victories at Championship Field last weekend. The Redhawks took down Loyola Marymount on Aug. 25 before beating No. 20 New Mexico on Aug. 27. Noe Meza and Nathan Aune scored SU’s goals as Seattle U moved its home winning streak to 18 games.
- SU entered the United States Soccer Coaches Association (USSCA) Top 25 at No. 25 the week of Aug. 28. It was the Redhawks’ first appearance in the poll since last August.
- Junior Nathan Aune earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after two stellar showings to open the 2017 season. Aune was key in the Redhawks holding their opponents to 10 total shots over two outings. It marks the first weekly award for the Arlington, Wash., native.
- Pete Fewing is in his 24th overall season as SU’s head coach. He has won 283 games in his career.
- Doug Hill is in his 11th season at AFA. He took the Falcons to the WAC Championship game last season.