2019 Western Athletic Conference men's soccer season

Summary

2019 Western Athletic Conference men's soccer season
Western Athletic Conference logo.svg
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportSoccer
DurationAugust 30, 2019 – November 2, 2019
Number of teams10
2020 MLS SuperDraft
Regular Season
Season MVPOffensive:
Defensive:
Goalkeeper:
Tournament
WAC men's soccer seasons
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    Team W   L   T W   L   T
    No. 19 Seattle 10 0 1 15 3 5
    Utah Valley 8 3 0 13 6 2
    Air Force 6 5 0 8 11 0
    CSU Bakersfield 6 5 0 8 11 0
    San Jose State 5 4 2 5 12 2
    Cal Baptist # 5 5 1 6 11 2
    Houston Baptist 5 6 0 7 11 0
    Kansas City 5 6 0 6 11 0
    UTRGV 4 5 2 8 6 2
    UNLV 4 6 1 6 12 1
    Incarnate Word 2 9 0 5 12 0
    Grand Canyon 1 7 3 4 9 4
    As of 17 December, 2019; Rankings from United Soccer Coaches

    The 2019 Western Athletic Conference men's soccer season will be the 37th season of men's varsity soccer in the conference. The regular season will begin on August 30, 2019 and conclude on November 2, 2019.

    The regular season will culminate with the 2019 WAC Men's Soccer Tournament, which will begin on November 8 and conclude on November 16, 2019.

    Background

    The 2018 season began in August 2018 and concluded in November 2018. Regular season champions, Air Force, enjoyed their best regular season ever, and their best NCAA Tournament berth since 1993. Air Force finished the season ranked 12th in the nation, and achieved a 17–5–0 record. In the 2018 WAC Men's Soccer Tournament, Air Force were eliminated by eventual tournament champions, Grand Canyon. Both teams earned berths into the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament, being the two WAC representatives in the tournament.[1]

    In the NCAA Tournament, Grand Canyon was eliminated on penalty kicks by UC Irvine in the first round. Air Force defeated Central Arkansas, 4–0 in the first round. In the second round, they played against in-state rivals, Denver, where they won 2–1.[2] In the Sweet Sixteen, Air Force traveled out east to take on Indiana, where they lost 2–0.[3][4] Indiana would end being the national runners-up.

    At the end of the season, Air Force's Tucker Bone was named an Consensus All-American by earned first-team All-American honors by College Soccer News, Top Drawer Soccer, Soccer America, and United Soccer Coaches. Bone was the highest drafted WAC player selected in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, being drafted in the first round, twentieth overall by Seattle Sounders. Three other WAC players were drafted in the 2019 SuperDraft: Camden Riley (Sporting Kansas City), Nathan Aune (San Jose Earthquakes), and Mitchell Osmond (Minnesota United).[5]

    Teams

    A total of 12 teams are due to take part in the conference this season.

    On July 1, 2019, the University of Missouri–Kansas City announced that its athletic program, previously known as the UMKC Kangaroos, would be rebranded as the Kansas City Roos, with "Roos" having long been used as a short form of the historic "Kangaroos" nickname.[6]

    The 2019 season will be the last for both CSU Bakersfield and Kansas City as WAC members. On July 1, 2020, CSU Bakersfield will join the Big West Conference[7] and Kansas City will return to the Summit League after a seven-year absence.[8]

    Stadiums and locations

    College Location Venue Capacity
    Air Force Falcons Colorado Springs, Colorado Cadet Soccer Stadium 1,000
    Cal Baptist Lancers Riverside, California California Bapitst Soccer Field 250
    CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Bakersfield, California CSUB Main Soccer Field 2,500
    Grand Canyon Antelopes Phoenix, Arizona GCU Stadium 6,000
    Houston Baptist Huskies Houston, Texas Sorrels Field 500
    Incarnate Word Cardinals San Antonio, Texas Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium
    Kansas City Roos Kansas City, Missouri Durwood Soccer Stadium 3,200
    San Jose State Spartans San Jose, California Spartan Soccer Field 1,000
    Seattle Redhawks Seattle, Washington Championship Field 1,000
    UNLV Rebels Las Vegas, Nevada Peter Johann Soccer Field 500
    Utah Valley Wolverines Orem, Utah Clyde Field 1,000
    UTRGV Vaqueros Edinburg, Texas Soccer and Track & Field Complex 2,000

    Head coaches

    As of the 2018 season
    Team Head coach Previous job Years at
    school
    Overall record Record at
    school
    WAC
    record[9]
    NCAA
    Tournaments[10]
    NCAA
    College Cups[10]
    NCAA
    Titles[10]
    Ref.
    Air Force Doug Hill Air Force (asst.) 13 109–103–23 (.513) 109–103–23 (.513) 46–24–13 (.633) 3 0 0 [11]
    Cal Baptist Coe Michaelson Northwest Nazarene 4 108–74–19 (.585) 38–16–3 (.693) 0–0–0 (–) 1 0 0 [12]
    CSU Bakersfield Richie Grant Memphis 5 217–182–38 (.540) 29–37–12 (.449) 18–25–7 (.430) 0 0 0 [13]
    Grand Canyon Schellas Hyndman FC Dallas 5 562–214–115 (.695) 33–38–3 (.466) 17–20–4 (.463) 30 4 0 [14]
    Houston Baptist Ryan Pratt Houston Baptist (asst.) 1 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0 0 0
    Incarnate Word Vince Martinez 0 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–)
    Kansas City 0 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0 0 0
    San Jose State 0 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0 0 0
    Seattle U 0 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0 0 0
    UNLV 0 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0 0 0
    Utah Valley 0 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0 0 0
    UTRGV 0 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–) 0 0 0

    Preseason

    Preseason poll

    The preseason poll was released on August 21, 2019.

    Team Ranking Points First Place Votes
    1. Seattle U 112 5
    2. UTRGV 104 2
    T-3. Air Force 88 3
    T-3. Grand Canyon 88 1
    5. UNLV 87 0
    6. San José State 77 1
    7. Utah Valley 75 0
    8. Cal Baptist 49 0
    9. CSU Bakersfield 387 0
    T-10. Houston Baptist 27 0
    T-10. Kansas City 27 0
    12. Incarnate Word 20 0

    Preseason national polls

    The preseason national polls were released in July and August 2019.

    United
    Soccer
    [15]
    CSN[16] Soccer
    America
    [17]
    Top Drawer
    Soccer
    [18]
    Air Force 19 RV RV 23
    Cal Baptist
    CSU Bakersfield
    Grand Canyon
    Houston Baptist
    Incarnate Word
    Kansas City
    San Jose State
    Seattle U RV RV
    UNLV
    Utah Valley RV RV
    UTRGV RV

    Preseason awards

    Listed in the order that they were released

    Award Team Player Position Year

    Regular season

    Early season tournaments

    Team Tournament Finish
    Cal State Bakersfield John Rennie Nike Invitational 4th
    Copa de Causeway 3rd

    Conference results

    Color Key: Home  • Away  • Win  • Loss  • Draw  • Postponed
    Club Match
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    Air Force Falcons
    (AFA)
    KC UIW RGV CBU CSUB HBU SU SJSU GCU UNLV UVU
    4–1 3–1 0–2 Oct 10 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 25 Oct 27 Oct 31 Nov 2 Nov 9
    Cal Baptist Lancers
    (CBU)
    SU GCU UNLV AFA UVU SJSU RGV UIW HBU KC CSUB
    0–2 0–0 4–0 Oct 10 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 25 Oct 27 Nov 1 Nov 3 Nov 9
    CSU Bakersfield
    (CSUB)
    SJSU UNLV GCU UVU AFA SU UIW RGV KC HBU CBU
    2–3 1–0 2–1 Oct 10 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 25 Oct 27 Nov 1 Nov 3 Nov 9
    Grand Canyon Antelopes
    (GCU)
    UIW CBU CSUB SJSU SU RGV HBU KC AFA UVU UNLV
    Sep 28 Oct 4 Oct 6 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 19 Oct 25 Oct 27 Oct 31 Nov 2 Nov 9
    Houston Baptist Huskies
    (HBU)
    UVU SU SJSU RGV UIW AFA GCU UNLV CBU CSUB KC
    Sep 28 Oct 4 Oct 6 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 19 Oct 25 Oct 27 Nov 1 Nov 3 Nov 9
    Incarnate Word Cardinals
    (UIW)
    @ GCU TBD TBD TBD SU TBD HBU TBD @ AFA TBD TBD
    Sep 28 Oct 4 Oct 6 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 19 Oct 25 Oct 27 Oct 31 Nov 3 Nov 9
    Kansas City Roos
    (KC)
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
    San Jose State Spartans
    (SJSU)
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
    Seattle Redhawks
    (SU)
    CBU HBU KC @ UNLV @ GCU TBD AFA UVU @ UIW @ RGV SJSU
    Sep 28 Oct 4 Oct 6 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 19 Oct 15 Oct 27 Nov 1 Nov 3 Nov 9
    UNLV Rebeles
    (UNLV)
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
    Utah Valley
    (UVU)
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
    TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
    UTRGV Vaqueros
    (RGV)
    @UNLV UVU AFA @HBU @KC GCU @CBU @CSUB SJSU SU @UIW
    2–0 1–2 2–0 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 19 Oct 25 Oct 27 Nov 1 Nov 3 Nov 9

    Postseason

    WAC Tournament

      First round
    Nov. 13
        Semifinals
    Nov. 15
        Championship
    Nov. 17
                               
      4 Cal State Bakersfield 1    
      5 San Jose State 0    
            1 Seattle U 1  
                4 Cal State Bakersfield 0    
                   
          1 Seattle U (pen.) 0 (2)
      2 Utah Valley 3               2 Utah Valley 0 (1)
      7 Kansas City 0              
            2 Utah Valley (pen.) 0 (6)    
            3 Air Force 0 (5)  
      3 Air Force 3    
      6 Houston Baptist 2  

    NCAA Tournament

    The NCAA Tournament will begin in November 2019 and conclude on December 17, 2019.

    Seed Region School 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship

    Rankings

    National rankings

        Improvement in ranking
      Drop in ranking
    RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25
    NV No votes received
      Pre Wk
    1
    Wk
    2
    Wk
    3
    Wk
    4
    Wk
    5
    Wk
    6
    Wk
    7
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    15
    Wk
    16
    Final
    Air Force USC 19 25 NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS 23 23 23 NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Cal Baptist USC NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    CSU Bakersfield USC NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Grand Canyon USC NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Houston Baptist USC NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Incarnate Word USC NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Kansas City USC NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    San Jose State USC NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Seattle U USC RV RV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV RV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    UNLV USC NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Utah Valley USC RV NV NV NV NV NV NV RV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    UTRGV USC NV NV NV NV NV RV NV NV None released
    TDS NV NV NV NV NV RV 24 24 NV

    Regional rankings

        Improvement in ranking
      Drop in ranking
    RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 10
    NV No votes received

    The Far West region of the United Soccer poll ranks teams across the Pac-12, WAC, and Big West.

      Wk
    1
    Wk
    2
    Wk
    3
    Wk
    4
    Wk
    5
    Wk
    6
    Wk
    7
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    12
    Air Force 5 NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Cal Baptist NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    CSU Bakersfield NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Grand Canyon NV NV 10 10 9 NV NV
    Houston Baptist NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Incarnate Word NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Kansas City NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    San Jose State NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Seattle U 4 8 8 NV NV 5 6
    UNLV NV NV NV NV NV NV NV
    Utah Valley 6 10 NV NV NV 8 5
    UTRGV NV NV NV 6 5 6 9

    Awards and honors

    Preseason honors

    Postseason honors

    2019 WAC Men's Soccer Individual Awards
    Award Recipient(s)
    Player of the Year
    Coach of the Year
    Defensive Player of the Year
    Rookie of the Year
    2019 WAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams
    First Team Second Team Rookie Team

    2020 MLS Draft

    The 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be held in January 2020.

    Total picks by school

    Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
    Air Force
    Cal Baptist
    CSU Bakersfield
    Grand Canyon
    Houston Baptist
    Incarnate Word
    Kansas City
    San Jose State
    Seattle U
    UNLV
    Utah Valley
    UTRGV

    List of selections

    Rnd. Pick Player Pos. Team School

    Homegrown players

    The Homegrown Player Rule is a Major League Soccer program that allows MLS teams to sign local players from their own development academies directly to MLS first team rosters. Before the creation of the rule in 2008,[19] every player entering Major League Soccer had to be assigned through one of the existing MLS player allocation processes, such as the MLS SuperDraft.

    To place a player on its homegrown player list, making him eligible to sign as a homegrown player, players must have resided in that club's home territory and participated in the club's youth development system for at least one year.[20] Players can play college soccer and still be eligible to sign a homegrown contract.

    Original MLS team Player Pos. School Ref.

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    2. ^ "Air Force Upends No. 9 Denver in NCAA Tournament Thriller". Air Force Academy Athletics. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
    3. ^ Benedetto, Vinny. "Air Force soccer's NCAA Tournament run ends in Indiana". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
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    8. ^ "Kansas City Roo Athletics Rejoins Summit League" (Press release). Kansas City Athletics. 2019-06-20. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
    9. ^ "Western Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Record Book" (PDF). Western Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
    10. ^ a b c "NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Brackets" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. ncaa.org. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
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    12. ^ "Coe Michaelson - Head Men's Soccer Coach". cbulancers.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
    13. ^ "Richie Grant - Men's Soccer Coach". gorunners.com. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
    14. ^ "Schellas Hyndman - Men's Soccer Coach". gculopes.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
    15. ^ "United Soccer Coaches Top 25 NCAA DI Men — National Pre-Season Poll — August 6, 2019". United Soccer Coaches. August 6, 2019. Archived from the original on August 11, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
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    19. ^ "MLS Draft 2013: Homegrown player initiative rises as draft declines". Sporting News.
    20. ^ "MLS 2012 Roster Rules". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20.

    External links

    • WAC Men's Soccer