Light The Night This Friday vs. Houston Baptist
Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Soccer Tournament
Houston Baptist (2-1-0) at San Diego State (0-1-1)
Sept. 7 | 7 p.m. PT | SDSU Sports Deck at Montezuma Road | San Diego, Calif.
Ohio State (1-2-1) at San Diego State (0-1-1)
Aztec Story Lines
- The tilt vs. Houston Baptist is part of SDSU's Light the Night effort - the first men's game played at night at Montezuma Road - and a small part of the program's Alumni, Family and Friends Weekend. Also taking place this weekend is the honoring of the 1987 team that advanced to the NCAA championship game. That presentation will take place at halftime of the HBU game. On Saturday, the annual alumni game will take place at 11 a.m. on the Sports Deck, before tournament action concludes on Sunday.
- SDSU will return to the pitch on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT when it welcomes Ohio State to campus. Following that match, Houston Baptist and USD will square off at Montezuma Road at 5 p.m. PT. All three games - HBU-SDSU, OSU-SDSU, HBU-USD - are a part of the tournament.
- San Diego State is coming off a season-opening weekend in which it went 0-1-1 at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Ind. The Aztecs' rally vs. No. --/15/20 Notre Dame fell short as they were on the wrong end of a 3-2 score. Then in the finale, SDSU and No. 10/8/8 Indiana played the full 110 minutes before settling with the 0-0 result.
- The Aztecs have currently won two straight home openers after beating Air Force in 2010 and Canisius in 2011. Since 1968, which marks the first season of San Diego State soccer, SDSU has gone 33-6-5 in the first home fixture of the campaign.
- San Diego State and Houston Baptist are meeting for the third consecutive season and third time overall. In 2010, the Aztecs defeated HBU, 3-0, at Montezuma Road. Then in 2011, SDSU returned the game by traveling to Houston, Texas, and winning, 4-1.
- SDSU will face a Houston Baptist side that is 2-1 on the season and is coming off a 2-0 victory over Stetson. Prior to that, the Huskies downed Oral Roberts, 5-1, in the opener and lost to Campbell, 1-0. All three games took place in Houston.
- The Aztecs will face perennial power Ohio State for the first-time ever on Sunday.
- San Diego State will share the pitch with Ohio State after a week in which the Buckeyes went 1-0-1. Ohio State tied No. 16 Coastal Carolina, 1-1, and defeated Davidson, 3-2, in Columbus. Prior to that, OSU, went 0-2 during its opening weekend, losing at Dayton, 3-2, and to UIC, 2-0.
- Jordan Ongaro picked up where he left off as he scored a goal in the opener vs. nationally ranked Notre Dame. The junior entered 2012 as the top returning point earner (13) after scoring a team-high five goals in 2011. Ongaro's goal marked the second consecutive season in which he scored a goal. A year ago, he notched a goal and added an assist vs. Canisius.
- Casey Meuser also scored a goal in the game vs. Notre Dame, which equaled his career high. The junior scored once in 19 games in 2011 and has already attempted three shots through two games. Last year, he recorded 11 shots overall and did not attempt his third shot until game No. 11.
- Robbie Freise and Blake Wise each tallied an assist vs. the Fighting Irish. For Freise, the assist and point matched his career high established in 2011 when he assisted on a goal against Oregon State back on Oct. 28. Wise, meanwhile, posted his first point as an Aztec after transferring from Indiana. His assist also matched a personal best.
- San Diego State's goalkeeping duo of Blake Hylen and Tim Peitsch was outstanding in the Aztecs' 0-0 double-overtime draw at No. 10/8/8 Indiana. The pair combined to make 12 saves, including a career-high 11 by Hylen. When Hylen was forced out of the game due to injury, Peitsch came in a made a huge stop and maintained the clean slate while Hylen was being tended to. Hylen entered the game 16 minutes later and continued to make stop after stop as the game ended in a tie. For the week, Hylen finished with 18 saves, which is 25.4 percent of his 2011 total of 71.