M. Soccer Hosts No. 11 Stanford, Cal to Open Pac-12 Play
Sept. 26, 2017
Game Day Preview
San Diego State (4-4-0, 0-0-0 Pac-12) vs. Stanford (6-2-0, 0-0-0 Pac-12)
San Diego State (4-4-0, 0-0-0 Pac-12) vs. California (5-2-0, 0-0-0 Pac-12)
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- San Diego State men’s soccer begins its 12th season of Pac-12 Conference play on Thursday, hosting two-time defending national champion Stanford at the SDSU Sports Deck at 7:00 p.m. The Aztecs will follow that contest with a Sunday match at noon against Cal. Both games will be streamed on GoAztecs.com.
- The Aztecs are coming off their best Pac-12 showing since 2006 last season, having posted a 4-3-3 mark in league play. The Aztecs went 0-1-1 against Stanford and 2-0 against California in 2016.
- SDSU is coming off a successful weekend in Texas, topping UT Rio Grande Valley, 2-0, and Incarnate Word, 1-0. With the pair of wins, SDSU extended its winning streak against Texas-based teams to an impressive seven games.
- SDSU recorded its first two shutouts of the season in Texas and currently own a season-best 256:06 opponent scoreless streak (also includes 76:06 from 1-0 loss to Cal Poly). Defender Kyle Adams and goalkeeper Adam Allmaras have played every minute of the current scoreless streak.
- Kyle Adams registered his first goal of the season in SDSU’s 1-0 win over Incarnate Word, converting on a header in the fourth minute for his second career goal. Adams is the only Aztec to play all 737:04 of action this season and one of just six Aztecs to start all eight games this year.
- With a team-high 10 points on the year (four goals, two assists), Jeroen Meefout is currently tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring. Meefout is one of just five Pac-12 athletes to have a double-digit point total this season.
- Dallin Cutler took over as the team’s assist leader with his third of the year on Sunday with a helper on Kyle Adams’ fourth minute goal. Including a game-winning overtime goal against Vermont in the second game of the season, the team is 3-1 when Cutler registers at least one point.
- SDSU’s meeting with Stanford will feature the two top defenses in the Pac-12, with the Cardinal owning a conference-best 0.75 goals against average - just 0.11 fewer than SDSU’s mark of 0.86.
- After back-to-back shutouts, Adam Almaras has climbed near the top of the Pac-12 in numerous categories, including total saves (21, second), shutouts (2, third), save percentage (.778, second) and goals against average (0.84, second). Allmaras is one of just two players (Stanford’s Nico Corti) to post back-to-back shutouts this year.
- The Aztecs look to even the all-time series with the Cardinal, as Stanford owns a 13-12-8 record against SDSU. San Diego State is 22-19-4 in the all-time series that began in 1974.
- 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.
- SDSU had a pair of impressive streaks come to an end in early September, 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.
- 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.
- 2017 marks as the 50th season in SDSU men’s soccer history and the team has accumulated a 471-330-110 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.
- After winning its first four games to start the season, the two-time defending national champions have gone 2-2 since that point, and are most recently coming off a 2-0 loss at Saint Louis on Sept. 23. Stanford currently stands at No. 11 in the latest United Soccer Coaches national rankings.
- The Cardinal is led by Foster Langsdorf, who has a Pac-12-most six goals on the season. His six goals also rank 10th nationally.
- In goal, Nico Corti owns a conference-best 0.75 goals against average and is third in the league with a .739 save percentage.
- The Cardinal offense has presented a great amount of pressure through the team’s first eight games, being ranked seventh nationally in shots per game (16.88) and sixth in total assists (19).
- California rides a four-match winning streak heading into conference play, and most recently topped Santa Clara, 3-2, on Friday, Sept. 22. The Bears head to UCLA for a Thursday contest before finishing off its Southern California roadtrip at SDSU on Sunday at noon.
- Cal’s Drake Callender is at the top of the Pac-12 in save percentage (.806) and saves per game (4.83).
- Jose Carrera-Garcia leads the conference and ranks 12th nationally with five assists on the season.