Aztecs Head to Inland Empire for UCR Tournament
Sept. 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
UCR/Courtyard by Marriott Soccer Invitational
Nebraska Omaha (2-2-0) vs. San Diego State (1-2-1)
Sept. 14 | 5 p.m. PT | UC Riverside Soccer Stadium | Riverside, Calif.
North Florida (3-2-0) at San Diego State (1-2-1)
Aztec Story Lines
- The Aztecs will open tournament action vs. Omaha on Friday, at 5 p.m. PT before returning to the pitch to tangle with North Florida on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. PT. Live stats will be available at GoAztecs.com.
- SDSU is coming off a .500 weekend after beating Houston Baptist, 3-2, and falling to Ohio State, 2-1, at its own Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Soccer Tournament. San Diego State's win over HBU was played before a Montezuma Road-record 2,212 fans and marked the program's first night game at SDSU Sports Deck.
- San Diego State scored a season-high three goals vs. Houston Baptist with one apiece coming from Jordan Ongaro, Tyler Smith and Kody Duff. For Ongaro, it was his team-leading second of the season. Smith and Duff, meanwhile, found the back of the net for the first time in 2012.
- The Aztecs moved the ball around quite a bit vs. the Huskies as five assists were handed out. Ata Ozbay and Evyn Hewett helped on Ongaro's goal, Jose Altamirano and Robbie Freise setup Smith's first of the year, and Blake Wise found Duff.
- On Sunday, SDSU was on the short end of a 2-1 score against Ohio State. Duff logged the Aztecs' lone goal with Morgan Sacco and Smith contributing on the play. San Diego State now has nine assists from seven players on the season, which puts them on pace for 42.8 assists this year and would eclipse its 2011 total of 34.
- Ongaro and Duff enter the week as the team's leading scorers with two apiece (t-3rd in Pac-12) and also find themselves atop the Aztecs' point-earning chart with four each (t-10th in Pac-12). Wise and Robbie Freise, meanwhile, lead the team with two assists (t-6th in Pac-12).
- San Diego State's goalkeeping effort has been solid this season with Blake Hylen and Tim Peitsch sharing minutes. Hylen, who has made three starts, has 21 saves, which is tops in the Pac-12. He also ranks first in the league in saves per game (7.00) and save percentage (.808). As for Peitsch, he played 16 huge minutes and helped preserve a scoreless tie at No. 10/8/8 Indiana. Then vs. Houston Baptist, he earned the start in front of a record crowd and picked up the victory.
- SDSU is facing UNO and UNF for the first-time ever this week. The Aztecs, however, are looking to reverse a trend that has them 0-2-1 in their last three trips to UC Riverside. San Diego State has not been to UCR since 2006, and is seeking its first victory on the Riverside campus since a 10-2 win back in 1975.