M. Soccer Continues Pac-12 Slate Sunday at UCLA
Oct. 12, 2017
Game Day Preview
San Diego State (4-8-0, 0-4-0 Pac-12) vs. UCLA (5-5-0, 2-2-0 Pac-12)
Sunday, Oct. 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Los Angeles, Calif.
Pac-12 Network | Live Stats at GoAztecs.com
- San Diego State men’s soccer continues its 12th season of Pac-12 Conference play on Sunday, making the short trip to UCLA for a Sunday evening contest in Los Angeles. The game will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network.
- The Aztecs are coming off a two-loss weekend, falling at No. 22 Washington, 3-0, before dropping a 2-0 contest to Oregon State.
- SDSU will enter the UCLA contest with one week of rest, which in recent history, has been beneficial for the program. Including a 3-1 win over UC Santa Barbara earlier this year, the Aztecs are unbeaten in their last five games when having a week or more of rest.
- 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 0-1-1 against UCLA last year in a pair of hard-fought contests. After the Aztecs opened the 2016 season series with a 1-0 loss at home against UCLA, the Bruins and Aztecs battled to a scoreless draw in the final game of the regular season on Nov. 10, 2016.
- SDSU is in the midst of its 50th anniversary season, which will be formally celebrated next weekend in conjunction with the team’s next home game against Santa Clara on Oct. 21. The team will release an All-50 team, recognizing the best 11 players to sport a Aztec jersey, on Friday, Oct. 13. SDSU will also announce several jersey retirements to take place at next Saturday’s game on Monday, Oct. 16.
- The Aztecs had a successful weekend in the Lone Star State from Sept. 22-24, 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.
- 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 1097 minutes of action this season and one of just two 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 fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring. Meefout is one of just nine 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.
- 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 returned 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 471-334-110 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 Bruins also made the trip to Washington and Oregon State last weekend and fared well, winning a pair of 1-0 decisions against the Beavers and Huskies to rebound after back-to-back losses against Stanford and Cal.
- Brian Illoski leads the team with five goals on the year. The Bruins have presented a diverse scoring attack with seven different players having at least one goal this season.
- Kevin Silva has played all of UCLA’s action in goal this year and owns a 1.38 goals against average, a .720 save percentage, while posting three shutouts on the year. Silva’s 36 saves this season are the second most in the conference.