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Women’s Soccer split first two games of season

Courtesy of Derrick Tuskan/SDSU

San Diego State women’s soccer began their season last Thursday, Aug. 19 and saw action in two games at the SDSU Sports Deck.

After winning their home opener against Army West Point, SDSU couldn’t replicate their success against Pepperdine and have begun the season 1-1-0.

Opener Against Army West Point

Coming into their season home opener against the Army West Point Black Knights, SDSU was 14-6-1 when beginning their season at home.

After Thursday’s 1-0 victory, SDSU started their season off on the right foot and improved their overall home record to 15-6-1.

The first half utilized more defensive strategies as the Aztecs and Black Knights waited for the other team to make a mistake.

Despite getting opportunities to break the tie, SDSU was unable to capitalize on the few mistakes Army made but did outshoot the Black Knights 5-4 in the first half.

Head coach Mike Friesen told that he noticed that while the Aztecs came into the game prepared for anything, the Black Knights stuck to their organized game plan.

We knew Army was going to be very organized, have a plan, stick to that plan,” Friesen told “We were prepared for a lot of what they did in the first half, but we just didn’t follow through on our game plan.”

The second half consisted of tight defense and good keeping, holding the score locked at zero points apiece.

It wasn’t until minute 57 that SDSU found the back of the net.

Senior defender Lauren Dicus got a pass from fellow senior Malia Kaleiohi and attempted a shot from inside the box. However, a Black Knight defender threw herself in front of the shot but took the ball off her right arm, drawing a foul.

Taking the penalty kick was senior midfielder Laura Fuentes, who shot the ball into the corner of the net for what was the game-winner.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Madueno kept SDSU in the game, making three saves in the final ten minutes of the game and four total saves for the match.

Second match against Pepperdine

Unlike the match against Army, the first goal between SDSU and the Pepperdine Waves came within the first minute and was scored by an Aztec.

Unfortunately, it was an own goal after Madueno couldn’t corral a shot by Waves senior forward Leyla McFarland, letting the ball trickle across the line for a goal.

While the Scarlet and Black kept the Waves off the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half, Pepperdine added two more insurance goals in the second half to hand the Aztecs a 3-0 loss.

Pepperdine capitalized on a blocked shot by Madueono in the 53rd minute, with McFarland putting the blocked ball past Madueno for the second goal.

A penalty kick in the 60th minute all but secured Pepperdine’s second win of the season.

For SDSU, it was their first loss at the SDSU Sports Deck since Sept. 2019, when they lost to the University of San Diego 1-0.

Despite the mistakes, Friesen told that he believed his team played a good match against the experienced Pepperdine squad.

I thought we played a really good game,” Friesen told is a very experienced team and that’s why we played this game, so that we know what it takes to play at that level.” 

Pepperdine outshot SDSU 8-4 in the first half and ended the game, outshooting the home team 19-6.

SDSU played nine newcomers in 90 minutes, seven of whom were freshmen.

The Aztecs will be on the road for the first time this season as they go up against Saint Mary’s (2-0-0) on Aug. 26.

About the Contributor
Jason Freund
Jason Freund, Sports Editor
Jason Freund is a journalism major from Santee, Calif. He hopes to become a sports journalist for a Major League Baseball team or a reporter for another major sport. In his free time, Jason enjoys listening to music, going to the gym and watching baseball. Jason began writing for The Daily Aztec in October 2019 and also writes for the East Village Times. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonfreund_.
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