Aztecs Hit The Road For Minnesota Gold Classic
SAN DIEGO --
Game Week Reset
No. 20/21/T-24 San Diego State (5-0) at Minnesota (4-2)
Friday, Sept. 7 | 7 p.m. CT | Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
No. 20/21/T-24 San Diego State (5-0) vs. Iowa State (4-2)
Sunday, Sept. 9 | 10:30 a.m. CT | Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Aztec Story Lines
- No. 20/21/T-24 San Diego State hits the road on Friday when it plays in the Minnesota Gold Classic. The Aztecs will play Minnesota at 7 p.m. CT on Friday and then face off with Iowa State on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. CT. SDSU will play both contests at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
- The Aztecs are coming off a 1-0 win over then-No. 5 Pepperdine last Friday at the SDSU Sports Deck. The victory resulted in San Diego State moving up to No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Aztecs also entered the Soccer America and Soccer Times rankings at No. 21 and T-24, respectively. SDSU is the lone team from the Mountain West in all three polls.
- SDSU, which is also ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA Pacific Region poll, has notched five straight shutouts to open the season. The last time the Aztecs had five consecutive shutout victories was in Mountain West play during the 2004 season.
- The lone goal for the Aztecs this past weekend came from senior Megan Jurado. The forward/midfielder tallied her second game-winner on the season as she scored in the 58th mintue to lead SDSU to a 1-0 upset of Pepperdine.
- Defensively, San Diego State was led by defender/midfielder Tiffany Hurst as the redshirt senior's stellar play helped limit the Waves to just three shots, including one on goal. For her efforts, Hurst garnered MW Defensive Player of the Week honors. It was her second career award.
- Goalkeeper Rachel Boaz has also been key for the Aztecs in 2012. The redshirt sophomore has played all 374:18 on the year, notching 10 saves en route to tallying five consecutive shutouts. Last year, it took Boaz 15 games to accomplish the same feat.
- The Aztecs have jumped out to a 6-0 start only one other time in school history. The last time was 1996, when SDSU finished 16-7 overall and 4-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. The Aztecs have never opened a season with a 7-0 record.
- SDSU, which jumped up one spot to No. 31 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's field of 64, enters Friday's match with Minnesota having faced the squad last season when it earned a 2-1 win at the SDSU Sports Deck. In that game, Hannah Keane and Haley Locker each notched their first career goals for the Aztecs. Prior to that meeting, SDSU earned an identical 2-1 win in 1994 in a game also held in San Diego.
- The Aztecs enter Sunday's tilt with Iowa State having not faced the Cyclones. SDSU is 9-3-1 against current members of the Big 12, including a 1-0-1 record vs. Oklahoma, 7-3 vs. TCU and 1-0 vs. Texas.
Minnesota (4-2) will enter Friday's match fresh off a 1-0 win against Western Kentucky on Monday... The Gophers have been led by sophomore Taylor Uhl in 2012 as the forward has scored eight goals and tallied four assists... Minnesota, which was picked to finish eighth in the Big Ten preseason poll, returns 13 letterwinners and nine starters from a 2011 squad that went 9-10-2.
Iowa State is 4-2 on the year and coming off a 7-1 victory against Northern Iowa on Tuesday... The Cyclones will face DePaul on Friday prior to their matchup with the Aztecs... Iowa State returns over 90 percent of their offense from last season, as the only non-returning goal scorer from 2011 is graduated senior Mary Kate McLaughlin... The Cyclones were picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll.