Senior Michael Rocha and the Aztecs will play two games this weekend in Wisconsin.
Sept. 15, 2010
SAN DIEGO -
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SDSU Men's Soccer Takes Three-Game Winning Streak to Wisconsin for the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational
Off to its best start since the 2005 season, the San Diego State men's soccer team travels to Madison, Wis., this weekend for the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational. The Aztecs (3-1-0), who are receiving votes in the latest Soccer Times national poll, will meet host Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday before taking on Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a neutral game for both teams at noon CT. Dayton is also in the four-team tournament.
Noting the Aztecs San Diego State is off to a 3-1-0 (.750) start, its best since the 2005 season, when it started 3-0-1 (.875). The Aztecs went onto finish 2005 with a 9-4-6 record, earning their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 16 years. The .750 winning percentage is tied for the 31st-best record in the country.
SDSU has won three consecutive games and is outscoring its opponents, 8-3, over that span.
San Diego State is receiving two votes in the latest Soccer Times national poll. That has the team tied for 40th in the nation. The Aztecs are also ranked seventh in the competitive Far West Region by the NSCAA.
SDSU is scoring 2.25 goals per game, which is tied for the 33rd-most in the nation.
San Diego State leads the Pac-10 in points per game (6.75) and goals per game (2.25), and is tied for first in assists per game (2.25).
The Aztecs are outscoring their opponents, 9-5, this season. The +4 scoring margin is the highest in the Pac-10.
SDSU has yet to give up a goal this season in the first half.
Senior Raymundo Reza (Denver, Colo.) leads the team in points (10), goals (4), game-winning goals (2) and penalty kick goals (2), and is tied for first with two assists. Among the national leaders, Reza ranks in a tie for ninth with 2.50 points per game and 1.00 goals per game. He is also tied with sophomore Jose Altamirano (San Diego/Southwest HS), among others, for 74th with 0.50 assists per match.
Reza has started 40 consecutive matches, while junior Daniel Steres (Calabasas, Calif.) has 18 straight starts.
Scouting the Badgers
Wisconsin is off to a 1-3-0 start, going 0-3-0 on the road and 0-1-0 in neutral contests. Friday will be the home opener for the Badgers, who went 7-9-2 a year ago. Aaron Nichols leads UW in points (4), goals (2), shots (5) and shots on goal (2, tied). Kyle McCrudden has also scored for Wisconsin. Ryan Vint has played all 380:34 in net and is 1-3-0 with a 1.42 goals against average and 71.4 save percentage.
The teams have met only once before as Evan Toft scored two goals, including the game-winner on a penalty kick with just 31 seconds remaining in the second extra session, to lead SDSU to 3-2, double-overtime win last September in San Diego. Khadim Diouf also score for the Aztecs, while current players Justin Davies and Raymundo Reza each added assists.
A Glance at the Panthers
Wisconsin-Milwaukee brings a 1-2-1 record into its Friday match with Dayton. Andrew Wiedabach leads the squad with two goals and an assist, while Edison Crespo has two goals. Ross Van Osdol has added a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who have outshot their opponents, 71-52, in 2010.
The two teams have met only once before, when Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated SDSU, 2-1, in overtime in Las Vegas on Nov. 9, 1986.
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