Women's Soccer to Play at LBSU on Monday
Aug. 25, 2016
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Preview
- The Aztecs will return to action following a 10-day layoff after opening the campaign at home on Friday, Aug. 19, vs. UCLA. San Diego State experienced a 7-minute, 17-second stretch where it allowed three goals to Darian Jenkins en route to a 5-0 defeat.
- SDSU’s season-opening loss snapped a 12-game unbeaten streak and a 10-game regular-season undefeated streak. The Aztecs will now head to Long Beach State sporting a 11-1-1 record in their last 13 games, including an 10-1 mark in their last 11 regular-season outings dating back to last season.
- San Diego State played in front of 2,079 fans in its season opener vs. UCLA. It was the largest-attended game the Aztecs have played in since beating Washington in Portland, Oregon on Sept. 12, 2014, when 2,644 came out to Merlo Field.
- With the 2,079 fans in attendance, San Diego State set a program record for highest-attended home game at SDSU Sports Deck. The previous facility record for a women’s game was 1,624 vs. CSUN in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament. The regular-season record was 1,317 vs. USD on Sept. 20, 2013.
- In the game vs. the Bruins, San Diego State started three freshmen in redshirt freshman Gabby English and true freshmen Bailey Cook and Rachel Speros. SDSU also had five others play their first game in the Scarlet and Black in junior transfer Nicole Robertson (28 minutes), and true freshmen Eden Kawabe (45 minutes), Yasmin Ahooja (25 minutes), Darcy Weiser (13 minutes) and Meghan Scudero (6 minutes).
- With as many new faces the Aztecs rolled out in the season opener, it was the veterans that led the way statistically. Senior Victoria Barba led the team with four shots and her classmate, Hedda Regefalk, added one of her own. Juniors Aliyah Utush and Dani DeRosa recorded one shot on goal apiece, while sophomore Milan Moses added SDSU’s eighth and final shot attempt.
- The Aztecs will go on the road for the first time this season and will look to extend a five-game road winning streak, which dates back to a 2-0 victory at Utah State on Sept. 27, 2015. SDSU has not suffered a road loss since Sept. 25, 2015, when it fell at Boise State, 2-1.
- While the 0-1 start is not ideal, San Diego State has been in this position before and rebounded nicely. The Aztecs have opened with a loss in the first game twice since the start of 2011 and have answered by winning the Mountain West regular-season and tournament titles, and advancing to the NCAA tournament.
- SDSU has won the game immediately following a season-opening loss four consecutive times, a streak that reaches back to the 2008 campaign. Going back to 2004, the Aztecs are 4-0-1 in the game immediately after an 0-1 start.
- San Diego State is 5-1-1 all-time vs. Long Beach State and will be making its first appearance in Long Beach since Sept. 25, 2005, which is where its lone blemish occurred (2ot-L, 0-1). The Aztecs are unbeaten in their last two meetings, winning 2-1 in 2009, before playing to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in 2011.
- Even though the Aztecs and 49ers have not played a regular-season game since 2011, they have met twice for exhibition games. In 2012, the match-up ended in a 1-1 tie before SDSU earned a 1-0 victory in 2015.
- The trip to Long Beach State will be a homecoming of sorts for seniors Jen Rupey and Morgan Simpson, sophomore Kate Hart and freshman Darcy Weiser. Rupey grew up roughly 30 miles south in Mission Viejo, while Simpson is from Trabuco Canyon, which is located 40 miles south of the 49ers campus. Huntington Beach natives Hart and Weiser, meanwhile, were raised 13 miles south down the 405 Freeway. SDSU’s athletic trainer Lisa Contois returns to the campus where she earned her master’s degree in 2013. While at Long Beach State, Contois worked with the 49ers women’s soccer and softball teams.
- After the game with LBSU, the Aztecs return to The Mesa to prepare for its cross-town foe San Diego. The game at USD on Sept. 2, will be the only one of the weekend before dates at defending national champion Penn State (Sept. 9) and Cornell (Sept. 11).