Men's Soccer Set to Host Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Tournament
Sept. 6, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
Game Day Preview
- In the midst of a season-long four-game homestand, the San Diego State men's soccer hosts the 10th annual Courtyard Marriott Central San Diego Tournament this weekend, hosting Cal State Fullerton, San Francisco, and Utah Valley at the SDSU Sports Deck. SDSU will take on San Francisco Friday night, before facing Utah Valley on Sunday night. San Francisco and Cal State Fullerton will play a neutral site match before the SDSU-Utah Valley contest at 3:00 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck.
- The Aztecs are fresh off a 3-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the team's home opener on Monday night. It is the first two-goal win over perennial power UCSB since the Aztecs took down a No. 6-ranked Gauchos team 4-2 on Sept. 25, 2009.
- With the victory over UCSB, the Aztecs have won seven of its last eight home openers dating back to the 2010 season.
- SDSU managed to score three goals against the Gauchos on Monday night, despite UCSB only allowing one goal in its first three matches. Winston Sorhaitz posted his first career two-goal performance, while Jeroen Meefout added a pair of assists to pace the offense. Thom Van den Berg supplied the Aztecs with a 77th minute insurance goal to bring the score to its final 3-1.
- SDSU is riding a six-match unbeaten streak when playing in the annual Courtyard Marriott Central San Diego Tournament, with the team's last loss in the tournament dating all the way back to Sept. 7, 2013. Over that six-game unbeaten streak, the Aztecs have outscored the opposition 11-4. Last season, SDSU put on an impressive showing beating Texas-Rio Grande Valley 3-0 and Memphis 2-0 in the 2016 Courtyard Marriott Central San Diego Tournament.
- SDSU has scored first in each of the team's two wins of the year. Although both Vermont and UC Santa Barbara were able to level the game at 1-1, SDSU has been able to extend its unbeaten streak when scoring first to 17 games and are 14-0-3 over that span. The streak dates back to the middle portion of the 2015 season.
- After standout performances against UCSB, Winston Sorhaitz and Jeroen Meefout currently sit in a tie for fourth in the Pac-12 with four points each. Thom Van den Berg is tied for sixth in the league with three points.
- Picking right up where they left off last season, the Aztecs currently rank second in the Pac-12 with a 0.95 goals against average. SDSU only trails Stanford, who has not allowed a goal over the first three games of its season.
- In the early goings of the season, the Aztecs have already shown a degree of precision in their offensive attack, with 53.6 percent of shooting chances being on target. The backline has done their fair share, too, with only 20 percent of the opposition's shots being on frame.
- With SDSU's win over Vermont, the Aztecs extended its winning streak when playing on Sundays to an astounding eight games. Last season, SDSU went a perfect 7-0-0 when playing on Sunday.
- The overtime win in Vermont gave SDSU its 13th overtime win since the start of the 2007 season. The Aztecs are 5-4-4 in the games following an overtime victory over that span.
- The Aztecs reached the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in program history last season, giving the Aztecs its ninth appearance in program history. SDSU returns six starters and 13 letterwinners from last year's squad.
- SDSU was voted fourth in the Pac-12 by league head coaches in the conference's annual preseason poll. The fourth-place standing is tied for the program's highest Pac-12 preseason ranking since the program joined the conference in 2005, having been ranked fourth in 2006, 2010 and 2011.
- The Aztecs had two players named to the 2017 Preseason All-Pac-12 team, including goalkeeper Adam Allmaras and midfielder Pablo Pelaez. SDSU's two honorees is tied for second most in the conference, trailing only Stanford's three.
- Allmaras led the Pac-12 and finished fourth in the country with a .875 save percentage. In addition, Allmaras ranked 12th nationally with a 0.63 goals against average and his 11 shutouts were the second most ever in a single season at SDSU. Allmaras capped his season earning NSCAA Division I All-Far West Region Third Team and All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors.
- In his debut season, Pelaez made quite the name for himself on the pitch, earning NSCAA Division I All-Far West Region First Team, All-Pac-12 Second Team, College Soccer News All-Freshman Second Team, and Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI Second Team accolades. The Mt. Everest Academy product became the first Aztec since 2011 to receive NSCAA All-Far-West Region First Team honors after posting a two-goal, three-assist season for SDSU. To compliment his Preseason All-Pac-12 Team nod, Pelaez was one of just three Pac-12 student-athletes and one of just four rising sophomores in the nation to be named to the 2017 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List, known as the most prestigious individual award in college soccer. On Monday, Pelaez added another preseason honor to his already lengthy collection, with Top Drawer Soccer naming the San Diego native to the 2017 Preseason Best XI Second Team.
- In addition to Allmaras and Pelaez, the Aztecs return 42 percent of their goal scoring production, including leading returning scorer and All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honoree Jeroen Meefout (four goals, one assist). The team brings back a wealth of experience, with 2017 returners combining for 58 percent of the team's available minutes in 2016.
- The Aztecs were among the nation's top backlines in 2016, posting the 10th best goals against average in the country at 0.63. In addition to Allmaras in goal, the Aztecs return three defenders from last year's squad, including junior defender Kyle Adams. Adams finished second on the team with 1782 minutes played and was one of just two Aztecs to start all 19 games. The New Zealand national played all but 63 minutes of last year's action and earned NSCAA Division I All-Far West Region Second Team honors.
- 2017 marks as the 50th season in SDSU men's soccer history and the team has accumulated a 469-327-110 record over the last half century. After starting the program in 1968, SDSU reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time just one year later in 1969. SDSU has also reached the postseason in 1969, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2005, 2006, and 2016.
- It will be the first Aztecs-Dons meeting since 1999, when SDSU topped San Francisco 3-1. The previous meeting before that was in 1989 and a 3-0 win for San Diego State.
- Utah Valley is off to a 1-1 start and is receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll. Utah Valley will play a road contest against Cal State Fullerton on Friday before making the trip to San Diego. It is the first-ever meeting between SDSU and Utah Valley.