SDSU Ready For Cal State Northridge in NCAA Tourney
Nov. 7, 2012
SAN DIEGO --
Game Week Reset
Cal State Northridge (11-4-6) at No. 4 San Diego State (19-1-1)
NCAA Championships - First Round | SDSU Sports Deck | San Diego, Calif.
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 7 p.m. PT | GameTracker
Aztec Story Lines
- The fourth-ranked and Mountain West champion San Diego State women's soccer team begins its journey in the NCAA Championship this weekend as it plays host to Cal State Northridge. The first round matchup is set for a 7 p.m. PT start at SDSU Sports Deck.
- SDSU's No. 2 seed in the NCAA bracket is the highest ever in program history and for a Mountain West squad, surpassing No. 4 seeds received by former members BYU and Utah in the 2005 and 2006 NCAA tournaments, respectively.
- The Aztecs are fresh off their second Mountain West tournament championship after defeating UNLV in the semifinals and then defeating New Mexico to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. SDSU also won the regular-season crown after going undefeated in league play with an unblemished record of 7-0.
- SDSU is now 19-1-1, which marks the best win percentage (.929) in the NCAA this season. The 19 wins also tie for the most in program history, matching the 1998 NCAA Tournament squad.
- In the most recent Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), San Diego State leads the Mountain West with an RPI of 2. The only other MW teams in the top 100 are UNLV (71) and New Mexico (77). In the national rankings, the Aztecs moved up two spots to No. 4 in the final regular season National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
- The Aztecs carry a season-long 13-game unbeaten streak into their first round NCAA Tournament contest, which is just three games shy of the program's longest in a single season (2009). Even more impressive is SDSU's current unblemished 12-0-0 mark at SDSU Sports Deck. At home, the Aztecs have tallied 10 shutouts and allowed just three goals.
- On the season, Megan Jurado leads SDSU with 14 goals and nine assists for a team-high 37 points. The senior's 14 goals and 37 points each rank second most in school history for a single season. In the NCAA rankings, Jurado is tied for fourth with seven game-winning goals this season. She is also tied for 11th in total points (37), T-14th in total goals (14), T-17th in points-per-game (1.76), T-24 in total assists (nine) and T-30 in goals-per-game (0.67).
- On Monday, Jurado was named a 2012 first-team All-American by CollegeSportsMadness.com. The senior forward is just the second Aztec women's soccer player to garner All-America honors since Catherine McGuire earned similar accolades during the 1998 season.
- The San Diego State defense has allowed just 11 goals in 2012, with just one coming in the second half or in overtime. A big part of that success is the stellar play of goalkeeper Rachel Boaz. The redshirt sophomore has a miniscule goals-against average of 0.49, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Murrieta, Calif., native has also tallied 10 shutouts this season and is just two away from setting the single-season record.
- Boaz sits atop the league's leaderboard due to, in part, the cohesiveness and steady play of the Aztecs' starting backline of Haley Palmer, Kory Spotts, Carli Johnson and Rachael McGlinchy. Johnson has played 1906 of the total 1925 minutes this season. In the last 630 minutes of action, meanwhile, McGlinchy (609), Spotts (603) and Palmer (578) have all logged consistent minutes.
Against the NCAA Field
San Diego State has played against five teams that advanced to this season's NCAA Tournament. In those contests, SDSU posted a record of 3-1-1 with its wins coming at nationally ranked Portland, vs. then-No.5 Pepperdine and Arizona State. The tie occurred at Santa Clara, while the lone loss coming at the hands of current No. 1 Stanford in a game played at a neutral site.
A Win Would...
- ... Give San Diego State its first NCAA Tournament win since 2009.
- ... Even the Aztecs' all-time NCAA Tournament record to 3-3.
- ... Give San Diego State its 20th win of the season, the most in program history.
- ... Extend the Aztecs' winning streak to 12.
- ... Set up a matchup with either No. 22 Pepperdine (14-6) or No. 23/17 California (15-5).
Aztecs in the NCAA Tournament
San Diego State is making just its fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament (1998, 1999, 2009) ... SDSU is 2-3 all-time in the postseason ... In 1998, the Aztecs (19-3-1) defeated USC in overtime, 1-0, before losing at Portland, 5-0 ... The following season, SDSU (15-7-0) was ousted at San Diego, 2-1, in the first round... In 2009, San Diego State (15-4-5) earned a 1-0 victory over San Diego, before losing at No. 3 UCLA.
Cal State Northridge
Cal State Northridge finished its 2012 campaign with an 11-4-6 record, while earning its first trip to NCAA Tournament in program history... The Matadors clinched their spot in postseason play last Sunday when they won the Big West title with a 1-0 overtime win against Cal State Fullerton... Cal State Northridge is currently unbeaten in its last nine contests, with the last loss coming to Cal State Fullerton in overtime on Oct. 5... The Matadors are led offensively by Melissa Fernandez, who leads the team with 21 points (8 g, 5 a)... Stephanie Galarze is second on the team in points with nine (4 g, 1 a)... Cynthia Jacobo has 11 shutouts and has a GAA of 0.46, while going 11-4-6 this season.
Aztecs vs. the Opposition
Cal State Northridge
The Aztecs are 4-3 all-time vs. Cal State Northridge ... This will be the first time since 2009 that the two teams have squared off... San Diego State is 3-2 in contests held in San Diego.
NCAA Ticket Information
Tickets will only be available on game day starting at 5:30 p.m. PT on Saturday at the SDSU Sports Deck ticket office. Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis in bleacher-type seating. Tickets, which must be paid for in cash, are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth and students with valid ID. Children 2 and younger will not require a ticket.
The second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament will be held at eight campus sites. Each site will host a total of four teams competing in the second round, with winners advancing to compete in the third round at the same site. Second-round matches will take place on Friday, November 16, with third-round matches to follow on Sunday, November 18. The quarterfinals will be held at four campus sites across the country between Friday, November 23, and Sunday, November 25, depending on location. Each site will host two teams competing to advance to the 2012 NCAA Women's College Cup in San Diego, Calif.