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A Look Back at This Week in Aztec Athletics' History

Aug 31, 2020

A Look Back at This Week in San Diego State Athletics' History: Aug. 31- Sept. 6

Take a look back as we highlight the historic moments, big plays, and exciting finishes of this week in the history of Aztec Athletics. 


Aug. 31

2012 - Women's Soccer Tops No. 5 Pepperdine, 1-0
In the first week being nationally ranked (No. 25) in the history of the program, the Aztecs defeated No. 5 Pepperdine 1-0 in what was the first night game for women's soccer on the Sports Deck. Megan Jurado picked up the lone goal of the game in the 58th minute and Rachel Boaz recorded the fifth of 13 clean sheets on the season, which would see SDSU post a 21-2-1 record, reach the Sweet-16 of the NCAA Tournament and finish ranked No. 7.

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Sept. 2

1996 - Women's Soccer Dominates Fresno State, 6-0

On September 2, 1996, freshman Lori LaCoursiere, gave an inkling of what Aztec players and fans were in store for during the subsequent four years. In the game, a 6-0 victory over Fresno State, she scored a hat trick in just the second game of her college career.  Two days before, she scored in a 3-0 season opening victory against Loyola Marymount, but on Sept. 2 the floodgates opened. 

LaCoursiere found the back of the net in the seventh and 10th minutes to stake the Aztecs to a 2-0 lead and finished off the triumvirate of tallies in the 39th minute. The team tacked on three more goals in the second half for a 6-0 decision.  The hat trick was the third in program history and equaled the second most goals scored in a game by an Aztec.  In addition, her six points in the game equaled the third most by an SDSU player.

LaCoursiere, who competed for the Aztecs from 1996-99, went on to write her name throughout the program's record book. She finished her San Diego State career ranked as the program's leader in goals (52), assists (44) and points (148).

On the single season list she ranks No. 1, No. 3 and No. 7 in goals with 18 in 1996, 13 in 1998 and 11 in 1999, respectively.

Her 14 assists in 1999 are the single-season program record and her 10 assists in 1996, 1997 and 1998 each rank third all-time.

In 1996, LaCoursiere set the SDSU record for points in a season with 46 and followed that up with 30 in 1997 (No. 8 on the single-season list) and 36 in both 1998 and 1999, both slot in as the third most by an Aztec in a season in program history.

2016 - No. 23 Men's Soccer Takes Down No. 1 Akron, 1-0
Redshirt senior Travis Nicklaw scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute on Friday to lift the No. 23 San Diego State men's soccer team to a monumental 1-0 victory over top-ranked Akron in the team's 2016 home opener in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 2,041 fans at SDSU Sports Deck. For their efforts in the upset over Akron, Nicklaw was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week and goalkeeper Adam Allmaras named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

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Sept. 4

2003 - Volleyball Knocks Off No. 10 Arizona on the Road, 3-1
After dropping 15 of 17 matches against nationally ranked opponents dating back to the 2000 campaign, the Aztecs defeated No. 10 Arizona in the opener of the Wildcat Classic at McKale Center in Tucson. SDSU found itself on the wrong side of a 33-31 score following the first set but stormed back to take the next three frames by scores of 30-24, 30-23, 30-27. Three Aztecs surpassed the double-digit plateau for kills, including Kara Moriarty's team-high 17 put-aways, followed by Megan Schauermann (12) and Zlatina Anguelova (10). Despite trailing in collective kills (69-57) and service aces (9-3), SDSU outhit Arizona .339 to .258 and maintained a 10-6 advantage in total blocks to help snap a seven-match losing streak vs. the Wildcats.

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Sept. 5

1992 - Football Ties USC 31-31 in 1992 Season Opener  
In the first meeting between the two schools, the Aztecs fought back from a 21-7 halftime deficit by scoring 24 points in the third quarter to take a 31-28 lead in the 1992 season opener. Senior placekicker Andy Trakas, however, missed on field goal attempts of 30 and 55 yards in the game's final minutes, and SDSU had to settle for a 31-31 tie with the Trojans. Marshall Faulk got the season underway with 220 rushing yards and three touchdowns (1, 11 and 59 yards) on 27 carries. San Diego State piled up 274 of its 391 yards of total offense in the final half. The Aztecs followed with a 45-38 win at Brigham Young and vaulted into the top 25, later reaching as high as No. 21 on the season.

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