Aztecs Begin Mountain West Title Defense This Week
Sept. 25, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
Fresno State (3-5-1; 0-0 MW) at San Diego State (2-5-2; 0-0 MW)
Friday, Sept. 27 | 7 p.m. PT | Mountain West Network | SDSU Sports Deck | San Diego, Calif.
San José State (1-7; 0-0 MW) at San Diego State (2-5-2; 0-0 MW)
Aztec Story Lines
- Both conference games will be streamed live for free on GoAztecs.com via the Mountain West Network. Chris Ello will have the call. Live stats will also be available at GoAztecs.com.
- San Diego State snapped its five-game winless streak last Friday when it dominated crosstown foe San Diego, 3-0, to secure the 250th win in program history. Hannah Keane scored twice for the Aztecs and Carli Johnson tacked on the third goal in the 59th minute. SDSU completely shut down the Toreros, limiting them to two shots on goal and blanking them for the first time all season in front a regular-season program record of 1,317 fans.
- Following their second straight win over USD, the Aztecs were unable to hold a 1-0 halftime lead vs. No. 16 Portland. The Pilots scored 12 seconds into the second half and added the game-winner in the 81st to prevent SDSU from beating them for a third straight time. Keane scored San Diego State's lone goal in the 39th and SDSU ultimately outshot UP, 15-11. The loss dropped the Aztecs to 12-1-1 in their last 14 regular-season home games.
- For her efforts, Keane was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, her second award of her career. The junior forward also picked up College Sports Madness MW Player-of-the-Week honors and was selected to the College Soccer 360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll.
- Johnson, who scored a goal and helped shut out USD, was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week. Similar to Keane, the weekly conference award marked the second of her career.
- Assisting on two of San Diego State's three goals vs. San Diego was sophomore Victoria Barba. With her performance, the midfielder set a single-game career high for assists and matched her freshman season total. Last week, she played 174 of a possible 180 minutes.
- The Aztecs enter the Mountain West season with high expectations as they were predicted to win the league by a fairly large margin back in August. SDSU garnered nine of 11 first-place votes and tallied 99 points, ahead of second-place New Mexico (86 points, 1 first-place vote). UNLV received the final first-place consideration and picked up 77 points along with Utah State.
- Last season, San Diego State dominated the league, going 7-0, before beating UNLV and New Mexico in the conference tournament to capture the tournament championship. At home, the Aztecs were nearly flawless, allowing just one goal in four MW games and outscoring foes, 10-1. In the conference tournament, which was held at SDSU Sports Deck, San Diego State outscored its opponents, 5-0.
- San Diego State will look to extend a handful of winning streaks on Friday. They are ... a nine-game streak vs. Mountain West teams, a seven-game regular-season streak vs. conference foes, a six-game home winning streak vs. league opponents, and a four-game regular-season home streak vs. MW institutions.
San José State