M. Soccer Celebrates 50th Anniversary Saturday

Oct. 19, 2017

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Game Day Preview

San Diego State (4-9-0, 0-5-0 Pac-12) vs. Santa Clara (2-10-0, 2-1-0 WCC)

Saturday, Oct. 21 | 7:00 p.m. | SDSU Sports Deck | San Diego, Calif.

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Aztec Storylines

- San Diego State men’s soccer plays its final non-conference game of 2017 on Saturday, hosting Santa Clara on Saturday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest. The team will celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary with a pregame and halftime ceremony honoring well-decorated Aztec alumni, and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free Aztec Soccer scarf.

- The Aztecs played one game last week and suffered a tough-luck loss in Los Angeles to UCLA on Sunday night. After the Bruins gained the lead with an 83rd minute goal, the Aztecs responded in jaw-dropping fashion, with Ilai Shvika’s highlight-reel goal tying the game with only one second remaining. Shvika collected a Jeroen Meefout cross off his chest, and off the volley, Shivka smashed home a shot from around 30 yards out in the top right corner of the net to even the score at 1-1. Five minutes into overtime, the Bruins capitalized on an offensive opportunity earn a 2-1 and extend its Pac-12 winning streak to three.

- The loss for SDSU at UCLA snapped a five-match unbeaten streak when having a week or more of rest.

- After assisting on Shivka’s goal last Sunday, Jeroen Meefout added to his team-best point total of 11. Meefout is seventh in the Pac-12 in points, and is one of just six players in the league to have both three goals and three assists.

- In goal, Adam Allmaras sits third in the conference with 38 saves.

- 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. Cutler currently stands eighth in the Pac-12 with eight assists, tied with his teammate Jeroen Meefout.

- On Saturday, the team is celebrating the program’s 50th anniversary with both pregame and halftime ceremonies. Pregame, the Aztecs will honor the 11 members of the All-50 team, recognizing the best 11 players to sport an Aztec jersey. At halftime, the Aztecs will retire the jerseys of eight players including Peter Goossens, Kevin Crow, Alan Kelly, Cle Kooiman, Marcelo Balboa, Kyle Whittemore, Eric Wynalda, and Tally Hall. 

- The team has accumulated a 471-335-110 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, and reached the NCAA national championship in 1987.

- 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 on Sept. 28, 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, dating back from a Sept. 16 contest against Cal Poly to Sept. 28 the 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 1202 minutes of action this season and one of just two Aztecs to start all 13 games this year.

- 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.

 Opponent Notebook

Santa Clara

-  The Broncos are in search of their first road win of the season and own a 2-10-0 record heading into Saturday night’s contest. Despite a 2-10-0 record, Santa Clara has won two of its last three contests, including a 3-1 win over San Francisco.

- Santa Clara has dropped a pair of high-scoring contests to Pac-12 opponents, having dropped a 4-3 decision at Washington on Sept. 17, and a 3-2 game against California on Sept. 22. 

- Valdemar Andersen and Carlos Delgadillo lead the team with five goals each. Four other Broncos have at least two goals on the season, while Miles Robinson leads the team with four assists. In goal, time has been split by four different keepers throughout the season, however, Dakota Havlick has emerged as the primary starter over the last three games, totaling 271 minutes of action with a 2.32 goals against average and .588 save percentage.

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