Aztec Men's Soccer Dominates UNLV On Senior Day, 4-2
Nov. 14, 2004
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State men's soccer came out and controlled UNLV from the kick off and never let up on Senior Day for the Aztecs, winning Sunday's season-finale 4-2. SDSU finishes the season at 4-13-2 overall (4-7-1 MPSF), while the Rebels end 2004 at 6-12-0 overall (5-7-0 MPSF).
SDSU's first goal came from departing senior Frank Caruso, who knocked in a long shot (18:15) off of a goal kick pass from keeper Tally Hall that fellow senior Eric Wohl tapped to Caruso. Hall and Wohl picked up assists on the play.
The Aztecs would not let up in the first period as Andrew DiCicco took an errant pass by UNLV in the SDSU box, then drove the entire field, slipping defender after defender, and hit the shot from 20-yards out (29:29). Rebel forward Rod Dyachenko came back eight minutes later and scored the first of his two goals (37:10). Deshawn Wollery had an assist on the play.
The Aztecs came back out in the second half and quickly scored again when Wohl took a pass from Caruso, who received the assist, and turned the corner around a defender and sent in the 18-yard shot (48:09).
SDSU followed up the score nine minutes later to put the game out of reach as Freddy McDonald, on assists from Caruso and Wohl, took a deflected save from keeper Matt Johnson and booted it into the net from 3-yards out (57:17).
UNLV capped the scoring in the 63rd minute on Dyachenko's second goal of the day. Espen Sjoevoll had the assist on the play.
The Aztec's seniors Caruso, Wohl, Travis Bodnar, Jordan McKee and Kenny Fechner all had integral roles in the win, especially in ball movement which led to 22 SDSU shots (16 by the seniors), including 12 on goal (nine by the seniors). Wohl ended the game with eight shots, five SOG, one goal and two assits. Caruso walked off with six shots, three SOG, a goal and a pair of assits. Bodnar and Fechner each had a shot, and Jordan McKee helped the SDSU defense with outstanding defensive play at midfield.
For the game the Aztecs outshot UNLV (22-11), and especially in shots on net (12-4). The Rebel's Johnson ended with eight saves, and Hall picked up two. SDSU's four goals was the most for the team since a 4-1 win over IUPUI on Sept. 20, 2002. Wohl's five shots on goal matches Caruso (10-31 vs Sacramento State) and Trey Meek's (9-22 vs UNLV) outputs this season, and marks the first time in modern Aztec soccer history that this feat has been achieved three times in one season.