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Cristian Alvarez

Cristian Alvarez, Staff Writer

Cristian Alvarez is a sixth-year journalism student at SDSU. Currently, Cristian is in his second year at The Daily Aztec. Through his passion for many sports, he has covered a variety of teams but most notably men's soccer, women's lacrosse and women's basketball. A devoted fan of the UFC, Manchester United, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Chargers and Vegas Golden Knights, Cristian takes pleasure in attending sporting events while getting to unfold the stories in between the lines. Follow him on Twitter for the latest updates @AlvarezTheViper.

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Then-senior guard Taylor Kalmer looks towards the court during the Aztecs' 75-74 win over New Mexico on Jan. 29 at Viejas Arena.

Column: Taylor Kalmer’s ambition goes beyond the basketball court

May 21, 2020

If you want to talk about making a splash across women’s basketball in the Mountain West Conference, look no further than San Diego State senior guard...

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Senior Farewell: Cristian Alvarez

Senior Farewell: Cristian Alvarez

May 15, 2020

Wow, I can’t believe the time has come to say goodbye. Five and a half years at SDSU flew by. It hasn’t felt that long. I still remember the first...

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Senior goalkeeper Katy Sharretts is the Aztecs' all-time leader in saves (413).

Sharretts cements legacy as best goalkeeper in program history

April 19, 2020

Five games into a season normally doesn’t result in historic milestones, but that’s not the case if you're Aztec lacrosse senior goalkeeper Katy Sharretts. During...

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Junior guard Téa Adams drives to the hoop during the Aztecs' 65-60 loss to Fresno State on Jan. 15 at Viejas Arena.

Looking back at the 2019-20 women’s basketball season

April 11, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball ended the season on March 1 in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament as a No. 6 seed. The...

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Head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson instructs her team during the Aztecs' 51-49 loss to Air Force on Feb. 8 at Viejas Arena.

Stacie Terry-Hutson signs contract extension through 2024

April 2, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball announced head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson received a contract extension Thursday via a press release. Terry-Hutson...

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Senior midfielder Morgan Taylor heaves the ball upfield during the Aztecs' 19-18 win over Arizona State on Feb. 20 at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

Lacrosse reacts to season cancellation, new spring sports ruling

April 2, 2020

San Diego State lacrosse finished its fifth game of the season with a 13-8 victory over George Mason University on March 8. But little did the Aztecs...

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San Diego State women's basketball assistant coach Ciara Carl instructs kids during an Unchained event.

Women’s basketball coach assisting off the court, starts nonprofit to give back

March 19, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball assistant coach Ciara Carl had a vision to inspire youth and give back to the next generation. Last fall, that...

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Aztecs assistant coach David Velasquez (middle) puts his head down in disappointment during the Aztecs' 59-56 loss to Utah State on March 11 at the Thomas and Mack Center.

Aztecs will play first NCAA tournament game without fans due to coronavirus

March 11, 2020

The NCAA has announced it will limit future attendance of sporting events in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement...

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Junior guard Malachi Flynn claps his hands after a play during the Aztecs' 66-63 loss to UNLV on Feb. 22 at Viejas Arena.

3 things to know about Aztecs’ quarterfinal opponent Air Force

March 4, 2020

LAS VEGAS – Wednesday marked the opening of the men’s basketball Mountain West Conference tournament at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of...

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Senior guard Taylor Kalmer looks to pull up for a jumper during the Aztecs against Utah State on March 1 in the first round of the 2020 Mountain West Championships in Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

San Diego State’s season ends in overtime heartbreaker against Utah State

March 2, 2020

LAS VEGAS — San Diego State women’s basketball fell 81-79 against the Utah State Aggies in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament...

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Junior guard Téa Adams looks for an open teammate during the Aztecs' 51-49 loss to Air Force on Feb. 8 at Viejas Arena.

Women’s basketball poised for run in conference tournament

March 1, 2020

It’s officially March, so you know what that means for college basketball. Let the madness begin. But before the national tournament starts, there’s...

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Senior guard Taylor Kalmer attacks the Nevada defense during the Aztecs' 81-68 victory on Feb. 27 at Viejas Arena.

Aztecs take down Nevada, close out regular season with consecutive wins

February 27, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball defeated Nevada by a final score of 81-68 on Feb. 27 at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs (14-16, 9-9 Mountain West Conference)...

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Senior forward Monique Terry fires a 3-pointer over a Boise State defender during the Aztecs' 69-67 overtime loss on Feb. 15 at Viejas Arena.

‘Mo money, mo problems’ for opposition

February 19, 2020

Considering how last season ended for San Diego State women’s basketball, players and coaches alike felt there was unfinished business heading into this...

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Senior guard Taylor Kalmer goes pass the Air Force defender for a layup. Kalmer has had 19 straight double-digit scoring games – the longest streak by an Aztec in the Mountain West era (since 1999).

Aztecs fall in closing seconds on game-winning shot by Air Force

February 8, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball lost 51-49 to Air Force on Feb. 8 at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs’ (11-14, 6-7 Mountain West Conference) three-game...

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Then-freshman Julia Sheehan goes for the ball during the Aztecs' 15-9 loss to UC Davis at the Aztec Lacrosse Field on April 8, 2018.

Lacrosse guns for three-peat in 2020

February 5, 2020

San Diego State lacrosse is prepared to make another run in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, but this time as the reigning, defending, back-to-back...

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[Video] The Daily Aztec Live — January 31, 2019

February 1, 2020

Journalists are backed into a corner. Having found ourselves as creators and truth seekers, we are in competition with an ever-growing online presence...

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Senior center Zayn Dornstauder honors Kobe Bryant by writing on her sneakers “Mamba Mentality.”

Aztecs pay tribute following the death of Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna

February 1, 2020

Six days have passed since the world was shaken by tragedy. Nine people, including Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, were killed in a helicopter...

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[Video] Leonard to return to SDSU for jersey retirement ceremony

January 29, 2020

Kawhi Leonard, the forward who led San Diego State to its first Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, will become the first Aztec men’s...

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Aztecs senior guard Taylor Kalmer looks to drive into the paint during SDSU's exhibition against Regina on Oct. 27, 2019 at Viejas Arena.

Women’s basketball gets back in the win column against UNLV

January 28, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball defeated UNLV 48-39 on Jan. 25 at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs (9-13, 4-6 Mountain West Conference) snapped a four-game...

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Ryan Hopkins was on a coaching staff at Virginia that made the national championship game in 2019.

Men’s soccer hires Ryan Hopkins as head coach

January 23, 2020

The wait is over. Less than two months after Lev Kirshner was relieved of his duties as the San Diego State men’s soccer coach, the Aztecs have found...

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Senior guard Taylor Kalmer dribbles the ball up the floor during the Aztecs’ 65-60 loss to Fresno State on Jan. 15 at Viejas Arena.

Women’s basketball loses nail-biter in Reno

January 18, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball lost a close game to the Nevada Wolf Pack by a score of 70-69 on Jan. 18 at the Lawlor Events Center. The Aztecs...

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Sophomore guard Sophia Ramos goes up for a contest layup during the Aztecs' 65-60 loss to Fresno State on Jan. 15 at Viejas Arena.

Women’s basketball comes up short against Fresno State

January 17, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball team fell 65-60 to Fresno State on Jan. 15 at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs (8-11, 3-4 Mountain West Conference) faced...

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Aztecs' senior Fabian Roensdorf attempts to hit the ball past his opponent against Oklahoma State on Jan. 12 at the Aztec Tennis Center.

Men’s tennis swept by No. 15 Oklahoma State in spring opener

January 15, 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego State men’s tennis team opened up its season in a 7-0 loss to the Oklahoma State. at the Aztec Tennis Center on Jan....

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Senior guard Taylor Kalmer follows through on a jump shot during the Aztecs’ 55-45 win over Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 17, 2019 at Viejas Arena.

Aztecs hold off Utah State, earn second Mountain West win

January 4, 2020

San Diego State women’s basketball defeated the Utah State Aggies by a final score of 66-62 at Viejas Arena on Jan. 4. The Aztecs (7-9, 2-2 Mountain...

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Sophomore guard Sophia Ramos calls a play during the Aztecs’ 55-45 win over Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 17 at Viejas Arena.

Sophia Ramos returns home after career-high showing against California Baptist

December 21, 2019

It was a cold night outside of the CBU Events Center in Riverside, Calif. on Dec. 19. Inside the arena, however, things heated up when San Diego State...

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SDSU Athletics Director John David Wicker.

Athletic director: Longtime men’s soccer head coach will not return next season

December 7, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer will go under new leadership come next season after SDSU Director of Athletics John David Wicker announced on Dec. 6 that...

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Junior guard Téa Adams goes up for a contested layup during the Aztecs' 55-45 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 17 at Viejas Arena.

Aztecs drop post-Thanksgiving game to Arkansas State

December 3, 2019

San Diego State women’s basketball fell 71-62 to Arkansas State on Nov. 30 at Viejas Arena. Junior guard Tea Adams dropped a team-high 16 points for...

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Freshman midfielder Blake Bowen pushes the ball up the field during the Aztecs' 1-0 loss to UCLA on Nov. 16 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Men’s soccer drops final home game in 1-0 loss to UCLA

November 19, 2019

In college soccer, it’s a rare occurrence when the starting 11 consists of all seniors, but that’s exactly what San Diego State men’s soccer had...

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SDSU sophomore guard Sophia Ramos contests a shot during the Aztecs' 77-56 victory over Westcliff University on Nov. 12 at Grossmont College. The game was moved from Viejas Arena to Grossmont College due to the campus-wide power outage that occurred that day.

[Photo] Aztecs defeat Westcliff, due to campus-wide power outage, at Grossmont College to improve to 2-1

November 12, 2019

SDSU sophomore guard Sophia Ramos contests a shot during the Aztecs' 77-56 victory over Westcliff University on Nov. 12 at Grossmont College. The game...

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Sophomore guard Sophia Ramos attempts to shrug off the Alabama A&M defender during the Aztecs' 61-53 loss on Nov. 14 at Viejas Arena.

Aztecs’ cut 24-point deficit to five but fall to Alabama A&M

November 14, 2019

San Diego State women’s basketball fell to Alabama A&M by a score of 63-51 on Nov. 14 at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs (2-2) dropped their second...

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Junior guard Téa Adams looks to attack the Towson defense during the Aztecs' 80-72 victory over the Tigers on Nov. 9 at Viejas Arena.

Aztecs surge with second half comeback, prevail over Towson in home opener

November 9, 2019

San Diego State women’s basketball defeated Towson 80-72 in its home opener on Nov. 9 at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs (1-1) bounced back after losing...

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Then-freshman guard Sophia Ramos looks to drive the ball down the lane in the Aztecs’ 87-81 loss to Fresno State last season on Jan. 23 at Viejas Arena.

Sophia Ramos heads into year two after strong freshman campaign

October 30, 2019

After making a splash across the Mountain West Conference as a freshman, San Diego State women’s basketball sophomore guard Sophia Ramos is eager to...

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Aztecs senior guard Taylor Kalmer looks to drive into the paint during SDSU's exhibition against Regina on Oct. 27, 2019 at Viejas Arena.

Transfer guard Taylor Kalmer brings winning experience to the Mesa

October 30, 2019

This offseason, San Diego State women’s basketball welcomed the transfer of senior guard Taylor Kalmer. Kalmer joins the Aztecs after three years at...

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Senior defender Miles Stray heads the ball during the Aztecs' 1-0 loss to Oregon State on Oct. 24 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Aztecs drop fifth straight match following loss to Oregon State

October 24, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer lost 1-0 to Oregon State on Oct. 24 at the SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs (3-9-1, 0-6-0 Pac-12) found themselves on the...

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Senior midfielder AJ Valenzuela attempts to get past the Golden Bears defenders during the Aztecs' 4-0 loss to California on Oct. 10 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Column: Finishing opportunities to score are a growing concern for men’s soccer

October 18, 2019

In the past two games San Diego State men’s soccer has produced a combined 20 shots and 21 corner-kicks – the kind of output that normally wins games...

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Freshman midfielder Blake Bowen attempts to get past two Stanford defenders during the Aztecs’ 1-0 loss to the Cardinal on Oct. 13 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Men’s soccer edged by No. 7 Stanford 1-0 in defensive battle

October 13, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer lost 1-0 to No. 7 Stanford on Oct. 13 at the SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs (3-7-1, 0-5 Pac-12) found themselves in a defensive...

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Junior midfielder Keegan Kelly dribbles the ball up the field during the Aztecs’ 3-2 loss against the Detroit Mercy Tigers on Sept. 9 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Keegan Kelly’s resilience fuels comeback after multiple devastating injuries

September 25, 2019

There’s that famous line, “turn your setbacks into comebacks,” and San Diego State junior midfielder Keegan Kelly is a prime example. Last season...

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Then-junior midfielder AJ Valenzuela chases after the ball during the Aztecs' 2-1 loss to Washington on Oct. 7, 2018 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

SDSU drops finale of Courtyard San Diego Central Aztec Soccer Classic

September 8, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer lost 3-2 against the Detroit Mercy Titans on Sept. 9 at the SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs miss out on being crowned winners...

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Junior midfielder Hampus Bergdahl attempts to kick the ball around a Stanford defender during the Aztecs 2-0 loss to the Cardinal on Nov. 4 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Men’s soccer downs Belmont, 2-1, to kick off Courtyard San Diego Central Aztec Soccer Classic

September 6, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer defeated Belmont 2-1 on Sept. 6 at the SDSU Sports Deck of Courtyard San Diego Central Aztec Soccer Classic. The Aztecs...

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Then-sophomore midfielder Tevenn Roux dribbles the ball between two Army players during the Aztecs 2-1 loss to Army on Sept. 1, 2018 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Men’s soccer drops season opener, 3-2, against crosstown foe USD

August 30, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer lost 3-2 to crosstown opponent University of San Diego on Aug. 30 at the SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs didn’t get the...

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Damian German fights for the ball during the Aztecs' 2-0 loss to UC Berkeley on Nov. 4, 2018 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Men’s soccer draws 1-1 against UCSD in exhibition

August 29, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer came away with one point following its 1-1 tie against UCSD on Aug. 24 at the SDSU Sportsdeck. The Aztecs were unable...

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Junior midfeidler Emil Kjellker celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of the Aztecs' 2-1 victory over UC Irvine on Sept. 9, 2018 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Men’s soccer poised for big 2019 campaign, open season against USD

August 13, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer is weeks away from opening its 2019 campaign. After finishing last season with an overall record of 7-10-1, the Aztecs...

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Redshirt-freshman midfielder Reagan Sherlock (left) celebrates with junior midfielder Spencer Madden (middle) and senior forward Damian German (right) during the Aztecs 2-0 victory over Brown on Sept. 15 at the SDSU Sports Deck. German had two goals during the match.

Men’s soccer lands twelfth-best recruiting class in nation

May 8, 2019

San Diego State men’s soccer is making waves in the Pac-12 Conference as head coach Lev Kirshner has put together the twelfth-best recruiting class in...

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Senior designated hitter Chad Bible prepares to bat during the Aztecs 9-8 loss to San Francisco on Feb. 16 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Baseball wins back-and-forth battle against San Jose Staté, earns series victory

May 5, 2019

San Diego State baseball defeated San Jose State, 9-7, on May 4 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs (28-19) secured a series win against the Spartans...

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Senior midfielder Harlowe Steele takes on the USC defender during the Aztecs' 20-16 loss to the Trojans on Feb. 22 at the Aztec Lacrosse Field.

Harlowe Steele caps off career as one of all-time greats in Aztec history

May 3, 2019

San Diego State lacrosse senior midfielder Harlowe Steele has performed at a high level since the day she joined the Aztecs. In her final year, Steele...

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Lacrosse triumphs UC Davis to win second straight MPSF championship

Lacrosse triumphs UC Davis to win second straight MPSF championship

May 1, 2019

San Diego State lacrosse (11-7) secured its second straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title after defeating UC Davis (9-8), 15-7, on April 28...

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Junior midfielder Marissa Macrae (10) shrugs off Fresno State junior midfielder Kayla Galet (4) during the Aztecs’ 16-15 victory over the Bulldogs on April 20 at the SDSU Lacrosse Field.

Lacrosse defeats Fresno State, advances to MPSF championship

April 27, 2019

San Diego State lacrosse defeated Fresno State, 18-15, on April 26 at Aggie Stadium in Davis, California. The Aztecs (10-7) are set to face UC Davis...

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