M. Soccer Welcomes UC Irvine on Saturday
Sep 4, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Reset
Aztec Story Lines
- Live stats for the match will be available at GoAztecs.com.
- SDSU is playing the final game of its three-match homestand to begin the season, after defeating No. 16 San Diego, 5-0, to begin the year on Aug. 30, and falling to Florida International, 5-3, on Sept. 1.
- Saturday will be the 23rd all-time meeting between San Diego State and UC Irvine, with the Aztecs holding a 12-6-4 edge in the series. The last matchup between the two schools was in 2008, which ended in a UC Irvine victory, 2-0, at SDSU Sports Deck in the SDSU-USD Tournament.
- Through two games this season, the Aztecs have outscored opponents 8-5, with an edge in shots attempted, 38-20. SDSU has outscored opponents 6-2 in the second half of its first two games, with a 17-5 edge in second-half shots.
- San Diego State is less than a week removed from its season-opening victory against No. 16 San Diego, 5-0, where the Aztecs outscored the Toreros 4-0 in the second half alone. After taking the lead, 1-0, on a header by senior Kody Duff (Roseville, Calif.) in the 19th minute, SDSU pulled away after halftime with goals by seniors Jordan Ongaro (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), Morgan Sacco (Greeley, Colo.) and Abraham Villon (Garden Grove, Calif.), as well as freshman Henrik Synnes (Vigra, Norway).
- The Aztecs lost to Florida International just two days later, 5-3, as the Panthers scored three goals in the final five minutes of the first half to take a lead, 3-1, into intermission. SDSU took an early advantage wtih Ongaro's diagonal shot from the right side in the 11th minute. Villon's score in the 51st minute cut FIU's lead to one, but the Panthers scored two more goals in the 84th and 86th minutes to pull ahead, 5-2, and hold on for the victory.
- Three Aztecs were named to the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Soccer Tournament all-Tournament team, including Villon, Ongaro and freshman defender August Wangberg (Gothenburg Sweden).
- Villon leads San Diego State and the Pac-12 Conference in points (6) and goals (3) after two games this season. Villon's four points on two goals against Florida International on Sunday has him tied atop the Pac-12 in individual game highs in both categories.
- Ongaro is currently tied atop the Pac-12 in shots taken with six in two games. His three shots per game are also tied for the most in conference.
- San Diego State is also at the top in several categories of Pac-12 team highs, including most goals scored in a game (5 vs. USD), assists in a game (4 vs. USD), shots in a game (19 vs. USD and FIU) and points in a game (14 against USD). The Aztecs lead the conference in shots (38), goals (8), points (21), goals per game (4), assists (5), assists per game (2.5) and are second in corner kicks (10).
- The Aztecs return 11 players who started at least 10 games in 2012, including six of its top seven points' leaders from a team that finished the 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 Ongaro. Wise was an all-conference first-team selection, while Bick earned honorable mention honors and Ongaro was named honorable mention. Ongaro was the Aztecs' top 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 Saturday night's game against UC Irvine, the Aztecs hit the road for the University of Akron Tournament in Akron, Ohio. Tournament play begins on Friday, Sept. 13 against Niagara, before SDSU takes on host No. 5 Akron on Sunday, Sept. 15.