M. Soccer Plays Host to No. 16 USD, Florida International
Aug 28, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Reset
Florida International (0-0) at San Diego State (0-0)
Aztec Story Lines
- Live stats for both games will be available at GoAztecs.com.
- SDSU is starting its campaign at home for the second time in three seasons and for the ninth time in head coach Lev Kirshner's 14 seasons. The Aztecs are 4-4 in season openers at Montezuma Road under Kirshner.
- San Diego State is looking for a different result than last year's season-opener, where the Aztecs lost to No. --/15/20 Notre Dame, 3-2, on a neutral site in Bloomington, Ind., to begin the 2012 season.
- SDSU is meeting San Diego for the 20th time in the history of the series, with the last matchup coming in 2011 where San Diego defeated the Aztecs, 2-1, at Torero Stadium. San Diego State holds the edge in the all-time series 11-6-2.
- The Aztecs only meeting with Florida International was a Panthers' victory, 3-1, in 1983. SDSU also played USD that same season, defeating the Toreros at home, 1-0.
- Last season, the Aztecs went 1-1 in the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Soccer Tournament, defeating Houston Baptist in the opening game, 3-2, before falling to Ohio State, 2-1. Overall, SDSU is 7-2-1 since the tournament began in 2008.
- The Aztecs are a week removed from their friendly against Trinity Western, where SDSU played the Spartans to a tie in regulation, 1-1. After falling behind in the second half, San Diego State got a goal from redshirt freshman Aaron Thompson (Lakewood, Calif.) in the 78th minute to knot the score. Later in the second overtime period, senior Kody Duff (Roseville, Calif.) knocked in a shot off an assist from freshman Emilio Huerta (San Jose, Calif.) in the 105th minute.
- San Diego State was picked to finish in fifth place in the Pac-12 Conference when the preseason coaches poll was released on Aug. 20. SDSU received 12 points to land just one point behind fourth-place California and six points ahead of sixth-place Oregon State. UCLA was the coaches choice to win the league after earning 25 points and all five possible first-place votes.
- The Aztecs return 11 players who started at least 10 games last season, including six of its top seven points' leaders from a team that finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 7-9-3.
- Of SDSU's returners, three were all-Pac-12 performers in 2012, including seniors Blake Wise (Frisco, Texas), Kevin Bick (Louisville, Ky.) and Jordan Ongaro (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). Wise was an all-conference first-team selection, while Bick earned honorable mention honors and Ongaro was named honorable mention.
- Ongaro was the Aztecs' leader point earner in 2012 (15), tallying seven goals with one assist. Duff (6 g, 1 a) and Wise (4 g, 5 a) tied for the second on the team with 13 points apiece. Bick was fourth on the team with 11 points (5 g, 1 a).
- The Aztecs also return senior midfielder Casey Meuser (Granite Bay, Calif.), who finished the 2012 season with eight points (3 g, 2 a), as well as junior defender Evyn Hewett (La Palma, Calif.), who recorded seven points in 2012 (2 g, 3 a).
- Following Sunday night's game against Florida International, the Aztecs resume play at home on Saturday, Sept. 7, against UC Irvine, beginning at 7 p.m. PT.