W. Soccer Opens MW Action This Week vs. Nevada, UNLV
Sept. 20, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Preview
UNLV (8-1; 0-0 MW) at San Diego State (3-5; 0-0 MW)
- The Aztecs finished their three-game road trip with a 1-0 loss on Friday at Texas Tech. San Diego State put half of its shot attempts on target (3 of 6), but were outshot in total, 19-10 (10-3 SOG), for the night. The Red Raiders also had 13 cornerkicks, but only three occurred in the second half after SDSU made adjustments at halftime. The Aztecs had two corners for the game, both in the second half.
- San Diego State’s offensive attack came from its freshmen and seniors. True freshmen Esther Arnarsdottir, Daniela Filipovic, Chloe Frisch and Mia Root all took one shot, as did seniors Stacie Moran and Aliyah Utush. Arnarsdottir, Frisch and Moran were responsible for the shots on goal, with each having one. Sophomore goalkeeper Gabby English, meanwhile, had a season-high nine saves.
- SDSU begins the conference campaign as the preseason favorite to win the league. The Aztecs for the fifth year in a row were picked to win the regular-season title by the Mountain West’s head coaches. San Diego State earned 110 points and three first-place votes, and finished ahead of SJSU (108 points; 3 first-place votes) and Sunday’s foe, UNLV, which had 101 points and five first-place considerations. Utah State was the owner of the final first-place tally and was predicted to finish in fourth with 97 points.
- San Diego State looks to continue its winning ways in the Mountain West after capturing four of the last five regular-season titles. Sunday’s match-up will feature the team that snapped the Aztecs’ championship run in UNLV. SDSU has also won three of the last five MW tournament crowns and reached the final the last two years.
- The last time the Aztecs were at home was back on Sept. 1, which ended in a 3-1 victory over crosstown foe San Diego. SDSU is only 2-2 at home this season, but has been really good vs. Mountain West opponents in recent memory. Since the start of the 2015 campaign, the Aztecs are 9-1 in regular-season home games vs. MW foes and 22-3 since the beginning of 2012.
- In all home games vs. Mountain West teams (regular-season, tournament), the Aztecs are 28-3-3 since the start of the 2012 season.
- San Diego State is facing a Nevada team that it has never lost to in seven tries. Last season, the Aztecs needed double overtime to down the Wolf Pack, 2-1, in Reno. The last time these two teams met in San Diego, SDSU blanked Nevada, 4-0, in 2015. The Aztecs are 4-0 all-time vs. the Pack in America’s Finest City and outscored them by a combined score of 12-2.
- SDSU is 14-7-2 all-time vs. UNLV and is unbeaten in its last 10 games (8-0-2). The last two get-togethers, however, both of which occurred last year, ended in a tie. The schools played 110 minutes in Las Vegas and each scored one goal. Then in the conference final, they played to a 3-3 draw, but the Rebels advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning in penalty kicks, 4-3.
- Head coach Mike Friesen enters this week’s action with a 13-2-2 combined record vs. Nevada and UNLV. Friesen has coached the Aztecs to a 5-0 record vs. Nevada and an 8-2-2 effort vs. UNLV.