M. Soccer Battles CSUN to Scoreless Draw in Friendly

Dallin Cutler has two shots on goal for the Aztecs on Sunday at CSUN.
Aug. 21, 2016

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- In its final tune-up of the preseason, the San Diego State men's soccer team played host Cal State Northridge to a 0-0 draw in double overtime Sunday night at Matador Soccer Field. The Aztecs will now prepare for their regular-season opener on Friday, Aug. 26 against the University of Illinois, Chicago at the Gonzaga Soccer Tournament in Spokane, Wash.

Despite getting outshot 15-7 for the match, the Aztecs maintained a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal during the defensive battle, with goalkeeper Anthony Macias (65:00) making both saves after redshirt junior Adam Allmaras (45:00) started the first half.

Macias came up with a key stop late in the second period after the Matadors' Papi Diouf directed a header toward the cage after a corner kick in the 83rd minute. The SDSU redshirt sophomore later preserved the clean sheet in the second overtime session by thwarting Nicolas Grinde's attempt in the 109th minute.

"Considering the heavy traffic we encountered on our trip up here, I thought we played extremely well," said Aztec head coach Lev Kirshner. "We have competed against two very good opponents (Santa Clara and CSUN) in the past week and that has prepared us well for our opener against UIC. We are eagerly looking forward to the start of the regular season."

SDSU had a chance to dent the scoreboard on two occasions early in the first period. However, redshirt junior Dallin Cutler's shot at the 14:17 mark was collected by Matador keeper Kevin Marquez, who also stopped Michael Sauers' attempt just over three minutes later.

The Aztecs survived a CSUN threat in the second half when Bar Shem Tov's header caromed off the crossbar in the 54th minute. SDSU's best opportunity in the stanza occurred in the 78th minute, but Marquez stymied junior Jeroen Meefout's shot.

The Aztecs had another chance to score later in the second overtime, but Sauers was unable to get the ball past Marquez in the 103rd minute.

Two SDSU defenders played all 110 minutes, senior Matt Callahan and sophomore Kyle Adams, while freshman midfielder Emil Kjellker (104:00) and senior defender Sergio Enriquez (103:00) logged over 100 minutes of their own.

The match featured a combined 36 fouls, while five yellow cards were issued in the physical contest.

The 2016 regular-season schedule commences for the Aztecs next weekend when they tangle with UIC at the Gonzaga Soccer Tournament on Friday, Aug. 26. Match time is set for 3:30 p.m. PT. SDSU will wrap up the event on Sunday, Aug. 28, when it faces Bradley University, starting at 1 p.m. PT.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Goalkeeper Anthony Macias was named Man of the Match on Sunday after making two saves in 65 minutes of action. The Aztec redshirt sophomore played the second half and two overtime periods, thwarting two CSUN scoring chances to preserve the clean sheet.

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