No. 1 San Diego State moves past No. 5 Colorado College in MW Semifinals

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A pair of second-half goals pushed No. 1 seed San Diego State past No. 5 seed Colorado College, 2-0, in the semifinals of the Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship on Thursday evening at the SDSU Sports Deck. The win advances the Aztecs to Saturday’s title game where they will face No. 2 seed San José State at 7 p.m. PT. 

The opening 45 minutes of play saw SDSU record six shots to Colorado College’s four, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. 

The Aztecs broke through against the Tigers’ defense in the 71st minute. Zsuria Phare gained possession of the ball near the sideline and after a couple dribbles, blasted a shot into the box. The ball skirted through the defense and past CC goalkeeper Louisa Mackenzie into the bottom, left corner of the net to give SDSU a 1-0 advantage. 

SDSU tacked on its second tally in the contest’s final six minutes. Off of a free kick, Victoria Barba sent a shot into the box to a cutting Aliyah Utush. Utush flicked the ball backward off of her heel to Dani DeRosa and the sophomore buried the pass into the near corner to give the Aztecs the final winning advantage of 2-0. 

For the contest, San Diego State owned the edge in shots, 15-8, and corner kicks, 6-2. The Aztecs placed six shots on goal, while the Tigers sent two shots at the cage. 

In goal, CC’s Mackenzie registered four saves, while Melanie Vaughn of SDSU tallied a pair of stops. 

Saturday’s match between San Diego State and San José State will be the third time in the last four years, and eighth season overall, that the top two seeds have squared off in the final. During the regular season, the Aztecs downed the Spartans, 2-1, on Oct. 18.