W. Soccer Finishes Its Non-League Schedule at Texas Tech on Friday
Sept. 13, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Preview
- Friday’s contest will be the last of SDSU’s season-long three-game road trip. The Aztecs went 1-1 this past weekend, upsetting No. 22 Nebraska in double overtime, 2-1, before falling at Missouri by the same score.
- Mia Root scored in both of SDSU’s games last week, extending her scoring streak to three games. The true freshman, who scored her first career goal in the home win over San Diego, recorded the game’s first goal at Nebraska and Missouri. She now leads the team in goals (3) and points (7).
- Esther Arnarsdottir recorded her first career assist at Missouri and enters this week’s action having recorded at least one point in two of her last three games. The true freshman found the back of the net twice in the victory over USD and then picked up the assist vs. the Tigers. Arnarsdottir ranks third on the team in points with five.
- Rachel Speros has recorded at least one point in two of her last three games after assisting on Arnarsdottir’s second goal vs. USD and scoring the game-winner in double overtime vs. the Huskers. The sophomore has four points on the season and is tied with Aliyah Utush for the team lead in assists (2).
- Utush picked up assist No. 2 on the year in the win at Nebraska. The senior sent a cross to Speros, who scored 19 seconds before the final horn to help the Aztecs even their record this season vs. nationally ranked teams to 1-1. Utush has six points to date and 51 in her career, which is the 10th most in program history. Her 51st point broke a 10th-place tie with former teammate Victoria Barba.
- Nikolina Musto appears to be settling in after transferring from Idaho State. The midfielder over her last two games has taken seven shots with three coming on target. In her previous five games combined, Musto took only four shots and did not attempt one in three of those outings. Overall, she has taken 11 shots with seven on net. The seven shots on goal are tied for the second most on the squad, tying Root and three behind Utush.
- As a team, San Diego State has 26 points on the season with half coming from true freshmen. In addition to Root’s seven points and Arnarsdottir’s five, SDSU has received a point from Sarah Broacha, who assisted on Root’s goal against the Huskers.
- With the win at No. 22 Nebraska, San Diego State picked up its first win over a nationally ranked team since 2015 when it defeated No. 16 Kentucky on the road, 2-0. The Aztecs are now 6-7-1 in the regular season vs. nationally ranked sides since the start of 2011, and have split their last six games, which dates back to the 2014 campaign.
- SDSU will face Texas Tech for the second time in series history and for the second time in as many seasons. In 2016, the No. 24 Red Raiders came to SDSU Sports Deck and escaped with a 1-0 victory. It was an evenly played contest in the first half with San Diego State outshooting TTU, 6-5, and was later dominated by the Aztecs in the second when they outshot their foe, 7-2. The game, however, was decided in the 77th minute when Texas Tech was the beneficiary of an own goal.
- San Diego State is 10-4-1 all-time vs. current members of the Big 12 and have won five of the last six games. The Aztecs are 7-3 vs. TCU, 1-0 vs. Iowa State and Texas, 1-0-1 vs. Oklahoma and 0-1 vs. Texas Tech.
- The Aztecs have won their last three games in the state of Texas and have not lost a game in the Lone Star State since a 1-0 setback at TCU on Oct. 28, 2006.
- SDSU will be looking for its fourth non-conference win of the season, a feat last accomplished in 2015. That season, the Aztecs finished their non-league schedule with a 4-3 record before going 15-4-1 overall, including a 10-1 mark inside the league. The regular-season conference title was San Diego State’s fourth straight.
- After its one game this week, San Diego State will begin to prepare for the Mountain West campaign. The Aztecs, preseason MW favorites, open the league slate at home vs. Nevada on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. PT and then play host to UNLV on Sunday, Sept. 24, at noon PT. Both games will stream live on the Mountain West Network. SDSU will be in search of its fifth regular-season conference championship in the last six years.