W. Soccer Opens at UCLA on Friday, Welcomes UC Davis on Sunday
Aug. 16, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State (0-0; 0-0 MW) at No. 9 UCLA (0-0; 0-0 Pac-12)
Friday, Aug. 18 | 7 p.m. PT | Pac-12 Networks | Drake Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.
UC Davis (0-0; 0-0 Big West) at San Diego State (0-0; 0-0 MW)
- The Aztecs hit the pitch for the first time on Saturday night when it engaged Cal State Fullerton for an exhibition game inside Titan Stadium. The start of the game was delayed for 49 minutes and when action commenced, CSUF earned a corner and scored off it 68 seconds into the contest. The score remained 1-0 for the rest of the game, but SDSU outshot the Titans 12-4 (6-1 in the first half) and enjoyed a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams attempted six corners.
- Aliyah Utush led all players with three shots at Cal State Fullerton and was one of four Aztecs (Eden Kawabe, Angela Mitchell, Stacie Moran, Utush) with multiple shots on the evening. SDSU, meanwhile, limited four separate Titans to one shot apiece. Gabby English started at goalkeeper for San Diego State and played 62:40 before giving way to Kate Hart, who had one save.
- SDSU heads into its 29th season opener with a 16-11-1 all-time record in lidlifters. This marks the second straight season in which San Diego State and UCLA have opened the season against one another with the Bruins earning a road victory last year.
- The Aztecs enter the clash with UCLA riding a three-game unbeaten streak dating to last season (2-0-1). Reaching back to Oct. 7, 2016, SDSU is 6-1-3 and has outscored its opponents by a cumulative score of 17-9.
- San Diego State will face the Bruins for the 15th time in school history and be searching for its second victory. The Aztecs are 1-12-1 vs. their neighbors to the north, earning a tie in 1995 and a win in 1998, both in San Diego. Since the 1998 triumph, SDSU has dropped eight straight to UCLA.
- When San Diego State takes the field on Friday vs. the No. 9 Bruins, it will do so knowing it has held its own vs. nationally ranked sides. Since the start of the 2011 season, the Aztecs are 5-6-1 in regular-season games vs. top-25 teams. SDSU went 0-2 last year vs. the nationally ranked, but have split its last four.
- The Aztecs, meanwhile, open their home slate on Sunday vs. the Aggies, a team they have not seen since 2015. SDSU is 1-1 all-time vs. UC Davis, picking up a 2-0 home win in 2014, before falling in Davis, 1-0, two seasons ago.
- San Diego State will look to continue in 2017 its trend of playing well at home. The Aztecs are 6-1-1 atop SDSU Sports Deck since Sept. 23, 2016, and are 45-8-5 (.819) since the start of the 2012 campaign. Against unranked non-conference opponents at home, San Diego State boasts a 6-1-1 record, dating back to an Aug. 24, 2014, win vs. UC Davis. The lone defeat came last season vs. UCLA.
- Head coach Mike Friesen, who owns the Mountain West record for most conference victories (61), can break the school record of 122 victories if his team can get past UCLA. The 11th-year head coach is currently tied with Chuck Clegg for most wins in program history. Both have 122 Ws on their career ledger.
- Friesen's next regular-season triumph will move him into sole possession of second place for most overall wins in Mountain West history. At 122 victories, he is tied with former New Mexico head coach Kit Vela. BYU's Jennifer Rockwood is the conference all-time leader with 190 wins from 1999-2010.
- Friesen finds himself in a position to break the school-record total thanks to a six-year run that has produced 84 victories, which is the most over any six-year period in program history. The win total is one better than the Aztecs' run from 1994-99 (83 wins).
- SDSU has won at least 10 games in six consecutive seasons. This year's team will look to match the school record of seven straight 10-win campaigns, something that was first accomplished from 1993-99 and produced 93 victories.
- SDSU opens the year as the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West. The Aztecs for the fifth straight year were picked to win the conference in a poll of the league's head coaches. San Diego State edged San José State in points, 110-108, and each received three first-place votes. UNLV (3rd place; 5 first-place votes; 101 points) and Utah State (4th place, 1 first-place vote; 97 points) were the other schools to receive first-place consideration.