San Diego State Men's Soccer Preview

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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 6-6-6
2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 3-4-3/4th

Starters Returning/Lost: 7/4
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 11/7
Newcomers: 12

Head Coach: Lev Kirshner
Alma Mater: Rutgers '91
Record at SDSU: 68-87-35
Assistant Coach: Matt Hall

 

PREVIEW

San Diego State plays six of its 19 games against teams who made the 2009 NCAA Tournament, including three against squads that earned national seeds in the postseason (UCLA, twice, and San Diego). Head coach Lev Kirshner welcomes back seven starters, including his leading scorer in 2009, senior forward Raymundo Reza. Reza tallied six goals and four assists. Sophomore midfielder Jose Altamirano, an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection in his first season, recorded one goal and two assists. Altamirano is also a member of the Under-20 U.S. National Team. Senior midfielder Khadim Diouf, a member of the All-Pac-10 second team, had three goals and three assists for nine points. Junior defender Daniel Steres also returns. Along with Reza and Altamirano, the three were the only Aztecs to play in all 18 games in 2009. Kirshner welcomes a 12-player recruiting class that includes two offensive threats in forwards Miles Byass, a Parade All-American, and Canadian National Team member Jordan Ongaro.

KEY MATCHUPS

Sept. 5 - SDSU at San Diego, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 - SDSU at UCLA, 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 - UCLA at SDSU, 1 p.m.

The Aztecs make the short trip across town to play San Diego in the second game of the season. The Toreros advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Aztecs battled to two draws with UCLA. The first was a 2-2 finish in San Diego. In the season finale, SDSU took a 1-0 lead midway through the second half, but had to settle for the tie in Westwood. The Bruins were ranked in the top 5 during both meetings.

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#14 Raymundo Reza
Senior, Forward, Denver, Colo.

Raymundo Reza, a 2009 All-Pac-10 second team selection, led the Aztecs with 16 points on six goals and four assists last season. Reza also led SDSU in shots (42), shots on goal (19) and game-winning goals (tied, 2). He was the only Aztec to start all 18 games in 2009. Reza tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in points and goals. His two game-winners were tied for fifth in the league, while his 42 shot attempts were sixth. In Pac-10 play, Reza recorded seven points on three goals and an assist. In Conference games only, he was tied for third in both points and goals. He was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week twice last season. Reza was also named an Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection in 2008.

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