Men's Soccer Set for Big Weekend at Home
Oct. 8, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
Game Week Reset
Stanford (6-2-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at San Diego State (3-5, 0-1 Pac-12)
Aztec Story Lines
- SDSU is playing its first matches on Montezuma Road since Sept. 7, as the Aztecs are coming off a stretch of five-consecutive matches away from home. San Diego State has seven of its final 11 matches at home, including four out of its next six.
- Thursday will be the 38th all-time meeting between San Diego State and California, as the series began in 1974. SDSU won the last matchup between the two teams toward the end of Pac-12 Conference play last season, 2-1, and lost at Cal in double overtime, 1-0, on Sept. 28. The Aztecs are 12-8-5 all time against Stanford after losing twice to the Cardinal last season.
- Since entering the Pac-10/Pac-12 Conference in 2005, the Aztecs have gone 9-4-3 against California, including five victories when the Golden Bears were ranked in the top 10. SDSU also earned a last-second win over No. 3-ranked Cal in 2005.
- Thursday will be the first time during head coach Lev Kirshner's tenure the Aztecs are playing against the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. SDSU has faced the No. 2-ranked team on two different occasions under Kirshner, with each match ending in a tie.
- San Diego State is coming off a close road loss at No. 6/5/8 UCLA on Saturday, 2-1. The Aztecs nearly pulled off the upset as they took a first-half lead on senior forward Jordan Ongaro's third goal of the season in the 24th minute to pull ahead, 1-0. SDSU held on to its lead until the Bruins tied it up in the 75th minute, and later knocked in the game-winning goal in the 88th minute.
- Through nine games this season, the Aztecs have outscored opponents 14-12, and have out-shot opponents 109-105. In addition, SDSU has outscored opponents 7-5 in the in the second half, and has a 46-37 edge against opponents in corner kicks.
- The loss at UCLA snapped San Diego State's streak of seven-straight victories when leading at halftime. SDSU is still 3-2 when scoring first, 3-2 when outshooting opponents, 3-1 when it has the advantage in corner kicks and 2-2 following a loss.
- The Aztecs are ranked 44th in the nation in goals per game (1.75), while senior midfielder Abraham Villon (Garden Grove, Calif.) leads SDSU in points (11) and goals (5) this season. Villon is second in the Pac-12 in goals per game (0.62), third in total goals and points per game (1.38), as well as fourth in the conference in points. The senior's five goals in eight matches is tied for 33rd in the nation, while his 1.38 points per game is tied for 45th in the country.
Senior goalkeeper Blake Hylen (San Diego, Calif.) is second in the Pac-12 in saves (32) and saves per game (4), with two shutouts to his credit this season. Hylen's eight saves against Akron on Sept. 15, is still tied for the conference high in a single match this season.