No. 24 SDSU Men's Soccer Shuts Out No. 21 Stanford, 2-0
Oct. 14, 2007
SAN DIEGO -
The 24th-ranked San Diego State men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games on goals by senior Kraig Chiles (San Diego/Poway HS) and freshman Khadim Diouf in a 2-0 victory over No. 21 Stanford Sunday afternoon at SDSU Sports Deck. The win moved the Aztecs (7-2-2) into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a 3-0-0 conference record and ended a six-match unbeaten streak for the Cardinal (4-3-5, 1-1-2 Pac-10).
Diouf got SDSU on the board in the eighth minute on a play set up by sophomore Nick Cardenas and Evan Toft. Toft sent a cross in the penalty box from the left side to Cardenas who headed the ball down to Diouf. Diouf then drilled a low shot from five yards out for his fourth goal of the season.
Chiles added an insurance goal at the 46:01 mark when he volleyed a shot into the left corner off a cross from Toft. It was Chiles' team-leading fifth goal of the season and third in two games. Toft has five assists.
San Diego State controlled the midfield with crisp passes all afternoon which led to a variety of quality chances. In the 50th minute, sophomore Jamel Wallace (San Diego/Oceanside HS) almost got the team's third goal in a play started by freshman Andre Acevedo. Acevedo sent a pass to Chiles, who one-touched it to the outside to an awaiting Diouf. Diouf then sent a well-placed ball through the Cardinal defense to Wallace whose shot just missed the right post from 15 yards out. Wallace had another attempt in the 64th minute hit the crossbar.
The Aztec defense, consisting of juniors Myles Davis and Danny Ortiz, sophomores Nick Cardenas and Matt McManus, and freshman Raymundo Reza - played well in the back once again, limiting Stanford to just six shots, two on net, over the 90 minutes. No Cardinal player had more than one attempt.
Jorge Rosales (1-0-0), a junior transfer from Canada College, made two saves to pick up his first victory and shutout as an Aztec.
Diouf had a game-high four shots, including two on net, for San Diego State, while Chiles and Wallace added three and two attempts, respectively.
SDSU will head to the Pacific Northwest for Pac-10 matches at Washington (5 p.m. Friday) and Oregon State (11 a.m. Sunday) this weekend.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Sophomore Evan Toft was named the Man of the Match after having a hand in both Aztec goals. Toft, who played all 90 minutes, assisted on Khadim Diouf's goal in the eighth minute and had a helper in Kraig Chiles' goal in the 47th minute. Toft leads SDSU with five assists.
WITH THE VICTORY
* San Diego State is 5-0-3 in its last eight Pac-10 games. The Aztecs haven't lost a Pac-10 match since Oct. 8, 2006, when they played with 10 men for most of the game in a 2-1 loss to UCLA.
* SDSU is off to its best start in Pac-10 play with a 3-0-0 record. The previous two seasons, San Diego State was 1-1-1 (2005) and 2-1-0 (2006) after three contests.
* The Aztecs are 5-0-1 following a victory this season, 7-0-0 when scoring first and 5-0-0 when leading at the half.