M. Soccer Hosts Cal Poly Saturday Night
Sept. 14, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State (2-3-0, 0-0-0 Pac-12) vs. Cal Poly (1-4-0, 0-0-0 Big West)
Friday, Sept. 16 | 7:00 p.m. PT | SDSU Sports Deck | San Diego, Calif.
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- Looking to snap a two-game losing skid, the San Diego State men’s soccer team wraps up a season-long four-game homestand this Saturday against Cal Poly at 7:00 p.m.
- The Aztecs are 6-4-3 in the all-time series with Cal Poly that began in 1985. Last year the two teams battled to a scoreless tie, and that was the first meeting between the two clubs since 2000.
- The meeting with the Mustangs comes 12 days after defeating Cal Poly’s Big West rival, UC Santa Barbara, 3-1 in SDSU’s 2017 home opener. SDSU is 3-2-2 against Big West opponents since the start of the 2009 season.
- Last year’s draw with Cal Poly was the fifth consecutive shutout the Aztecs posted in the early goings of the 2016 season. Adam Allmaras tallied seven saves in net.
- SDSU is coming off an 0-2 weekend with losses to San Francisco and Utah Valley. With SDSU falling in overtime fashion to USF and 1-0 to Utah Valley, all three of SDSU’s 2017 setbacks have been in one-goal fashion. Two of the three losses have come in overtime.
- Jeroen Meefout was the offensive catalyst for the Aztecs last week, posting points in two of the team’s three matches. Meefout posted a pair of assists against UC Santa Barbara before scoring a goal in SDSU’s 2-1 loss to USF. With two goals and two assists on the year, Meefout is currently third in the Pac-12 with six points on the year.
- In goal, Adam Allmaras ranks near the top of the conference in several goalkeeping statistics, including save percentage (.737, second), goals against average (1.21, third), and total saves (14, third).
- SDSU currently ranks second as a team in the Pac-12 with eight assists on the season, while standing third in the league with a 1.16 goals against average.
- SDSU had a pair of impressive streaks come to an end over the weekend, as USF’s come-from-behind win snapped a 17-game unbeaten streak (14-0-3) when scoring first for the Aztecs. Utah Valley then followed that on Sunday, defeating SDSU 1-0 and snapping the Aztecs eight-match winning streak when playing on Sundays. Both streaks dated back to the 2015 season.
- SDSU defeated UC Santa Barbara in the team’s home opener on Sept. 4. It was 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 win, SDSU continues an impressive run, having won seven of its last eight home openers dating back to 2010.
- 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.
- In the early goings of the season, the Aztecs have already shown a degree of precision in their offensive attack, with 47.6 percent of shooting chances being on target. The backline has done their fair share, too, with only 29.6 percent of the opposition’s shots being on frame.
- The Aztecs reached the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in program history last season. 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.
- 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 469-329-110 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.
- The Mustangs are coming off their first win of the season on Sunday, defeating Saint Mary’s 1-0 in San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly has faced a rigorous non-conference schedule, with three of Cal Poly’s four losses coming against nationally ranked top-10 opponents. Those losses include a 2-0 setback against No. 7 Indiana, a 2-1 loss to No. 10 Notre Dame, and a 1-0 loss to No. 6 Maryland.
- Simon Boehme has played all 460:51 of action in net for the Mustangs, and owns a 1.56 goals against average and .814 save percentage through five games played.
- With three goals on the year, three different players (Jose Rivera, Sean Goode, Nick Carroll) have contributed one goal each.