M. Soccer Travels to Face Air Force, Denver
Sept. 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Reset
San Diego State (2-3-0) at Denver (1-4-1)
Aztec Story Lines
- San Diego State is in the middle of a stretch of five-straight matches away from Montezuma Road. The Aztecs earned a split in the University of Akron Tournament last weekend, and now have a 1-1 record away from SDSU Sports Deck. SDSU has won three-consecutive matches against opponents on a neutral site, but have lost two-straight road matches dating back to last season.
- Friday will be the 13th meeting between San Diego State and Air Force, with the all-time series currently tied 6-6. The last matchup between the two schools was in 2010, as the Aztecs defeated the Falcons, 1-0, in the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Soccer Tournament at SDSU Sports Deck. San Diego State takes on Denver for the eighth time ever on Sunday, as Denver leads the all-time series 2-4-1. The last meeting between the two was a Pioneers victory, 2-1, at Denver in 2008.
- Through five games this season, the Aztecs have outscored opponents 11-8, but have been out-shot 68-66. SDSU has outscored opponents 5-4 in the first half, and 6-3 in the second half. San Diego State also has a 30-24 edge against opponents in corner kicks.
- The Aztecs are only days removed from perhaps their best two-game stretch of the young season at the University of Akron Tournament in Akron, Ohio. San Deigo State defeated Niagara, 2-0, in the opening game behind goals from senior Blake Wise (Frisco, Texas) and Casey Meuser (Granite Bay, Calif.). SDSU played well in its second game of the tournament against host No. 7 Akron, before eventually falling to the Zips, 2-1, in double overtime. Senior Abraham Villon (Garden Grove, Calif.) scored for the Aztecs in the 12th minute to knot the score, 1-1, while senior goalkeeper Blake Hylen (San Diego, Calif.) recorded a season-high eight saves, tying Oregon State's Matt Bersano for the most in a game by a Pac-12 player this season.
- Going back to last season, the Aztecs have won seven-straight games when leading at halftime, have lost nine-consecutive games when trailing at intermission and have lost three in a row when tied.
- San Diego State is near the top of several Pac-12 team categories, as the Aztecs are first in the conference in goals per game (2.20) and corner kicks (30), second in shots attempted (66) and goals (11), and third in total points (30), assists (8) and saves (20). However, SDSU still leads the conference in offsides penalties with 15 (3 per game).
- Villon leads SDSU in points (8) and goals (4) this season, is tied for first in the Pac-12 in goals and goals per game (.80), and is tied for second in the conference in points and points per game (1.60). Senior Kody Duff (Roseville, Calif.) has two assists this season, which is tied for fourth in the Pac-12, while Hylen is second in the in saves with 20.
- Freshman August Wangberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) has been a big part of the Aztecs' defense the entire season, playing a team-high 436 minutes through five games. Meuser is second with 419 minutes played, and senior defender Robbie Freise (Canyon Country, Calif.) is third with 413 minutes played.
- Following this weekend's matches, the Aztecs return home to host their annual alumni game on Saturday, Sept. 28, before beginning Pac-12 play at No. 11/15/5 UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Denver The Pioneers enter Friday's home match against Bradley with a 1-4-1 record, after falling on the road to Saint Louis on Saturday, 1-0. Senior Cole Chapleski leads Denver with five points on two goals and one assist, while senior Zach Bolden is the only other Pioneer to record at least one of each, with one goal and one assist. The Pioneers have been outscored by opponents 9-7, but have out-shot the opposition 66-46. Denver is coached by Bubby Muuss, who is in his seventh season with an overall record of 50-45-20. He led the Pioneers to MPSF championships in 2008 and 2010, but Denver hasn't been higher than fourth in conference in two seasons since.