M. Soccer Lands Three on Mid-Season TDS Freshman Top 100

AJ Vergara was one of three Aztecs to earn a spot on the mid-season TDS Freshman Top 100.
Oct. 17, 2016

SAN DIEGO – San Diego State men’s soccer players Pablo Pelaez, AJ Vergara and Daniel Sagno were each named to the mid-season TopDrawerSoccer Freshman Top 100 team, the website announced Monday.

Pelaez was ranked 21st, Vergara landed in the 79th spot, while Sagno was listed 89th. With their selections, the Aztecs tied UCLA for the most Pac-12 competitors on TDS’ initial Division I freshman rankings of the 2016 campaign.

A San Diego native, Pelaez has started all 13 games this season, recording four points on one goal and a team-leading two assists. The Mount Everest Academy alumnus and 2014 NSCAA All-American tops the squad with 28 shots, which is tied for eighth in the Pac-12. Against Stanford on Oct. 13, Pelaez notched his first goal as an Aztec with a blast from 25 yards away in the 76th minute. In addition, the SDSU midfielder assisted on the team’s first two scores of the year against Illinois-Chicago and Bradley at the Gonzaga Soccer Tournament in Spokane, Wash. He also attempted a team-high four shots in matches at Cal (Oct.16), vs. Washington (Oct. 2) and against UIC (Aug. 26). Pelaez, who was the third-highest ranked Pac-12 freshman in the TDS Top 100, has played full time in seven games this season.

A product of Long Beach, Calif., and the LA Galaxy USSDA, Vergara has also made his presence felt in his first year on Montezuma Road, appearing in all 13 matches while making five starts. In the opener against UIC, the Aztec midfielder played a season-high 82 minutes and notched the game-tying goal from close range to help preserve a 1-1 draw. For the year, Vergara has totaled 11 shots, including a season-best three attempts in SDSU’s overtime thriller at Cal on last Sunday.

Sagno, meanwhile, joined the Aztecs in early September and has already paid dividends at forward, assisting on the game-winning goal in SDSU’s dramatic victory in overtime over crosstown adversary San Diego last month. Sagno, who played on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency U18 squad that advanced to the USSDA championship final in July, has eight shots on the year, including five on goal. He started the first three games of the Pac-12 schedule, recording a season-high 79 minutes vs. Oregon State on Sept. 29.

The 25th-ranked Aztecs (7-3-3, 2-2-1 Pac-12) welcome Stanford (Thursday, 7 p.m. PT) and California (Sunday, noon PT) this week for a pair of Pac-12 rematches at SDSU Sports Deck. Admission is free for all Aztec men’s soccer home games.

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