M. Soccer Heads North to Face No. 22 Washington, Oregon State
Oct. 3, 2017
Game Day Preview
San Diego State (4-6-0, 0-2-0 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (3-6-0, 0-1-0 Pac-12)
- San Diego State men’s soccer continues its 12th season of Pac-12 Conference play on Thursday, traveling north to face Washington in Seattle on Thursday night. The Aztecs will follow that contest with a Sunday match at 11 a.m. against Oregon State. Both games will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network.
- The Aztecs faced a pair of tough conference opponents to open Pac-12 play, as Stanford is now ranked No. 8 in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings, while California broke into the poll at No. 24. After two-time defending national champion Stanford defeated SDSU 5-0 on Thursday, the Aztecs fell in heart-breaking fashion on Sunday, with California using a goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to steal a 1-0 decision.
- The loss against Stanford was SDSU’s first by more than a one-goal margin since falling to Stanford, 3-1, on Oct. 13, 2016. The Cardinal went on to win the 2016 national championship and were ranked No. 16 in the nation heading into that contest.
- The Aztecs had its best Pac-12 showing since 2006 last season, having posted a 4-3-3 mark in league play. The Aztecs went 2-0 against Washington and 0-1-1 against Oregon State last year. The Aztecs own a three-match unbeaten streak when playing Washington and have not lost to the Huskies since Oct. 2, 2015.
- Washington, currently ranked No. 22 nationally, is set to be SDSU’s fourth opponent which is currently in the nation’s top 25 or receiving votes in the poll (No. 8 Stanford, No. 24, Cal, RV Army West Point). The Aztecs are 4-3-1 in its last eight games against nationally ranked opponents.
- Two weekends ago, the Aztecs had a successful weekend in the Lone Star State, 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.
- With Stanford’s first goal last Thursday, the Cardinal snapped a season-long opponent scoreless streak of 274:34 for the Aztecs. The Aztecs had gone 12 days (or approximately 288 hours, 17,284 minutes, or 1,037,040 seconds) without allowing the opposition to score from a Sept. 16 contest against Cal Poly to Sept. 28 matchup against Stanford. Defender Kyle Adams and goalkeeper Adam Allmaras both played every minute of the scoreless streak.
- 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 six 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 against Incarnate Word with a helper on a 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.
- Adam Allmaras is second among Pac-12 goalkeepers with 26 saves.
- 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 471-332-110 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.
- With an 8-2-0 record, Washington has won each of its last five contests and outscored the opposition 16-4 over that stretch. Washington opened Pac-12 action with a 2-1 win over Oregon State last Sunday.
- The Huskies present a dual threat offensively, with Handwalla Bwana (five goals, five assists) and Scott Menzies (six goals, one assist) each owning point totals over 10.
- Saif Kerawala has started 10 of Washington’s 11 games this year, and owns a 0.90 goals against average and a .700 save percentage.
- The Beavers will host UCLA on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. prior to hosting the Aztecs on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. OSU has dropped four of its last five games and sits at 3-6-0 on the year.
- OSU has spread the offensive wealth so far this season, with eight different players contributing to the Beavers’ season goal total of 10. In goal, Ryan Vincent owns a 1.43 goals against average and a .630 save percentage.