Men’s Soccer falls to USD Toreros in a 3-2 defeat

Senior Midfielder Pablo Pelaez kicks the ball against a UC Irvine defender

San Diego State men’s soccer team lost 3-2 in their first game of the season to the University of San Diego on Friday night.

A USD goal in the 67th minute by Miguel Berry proved to be the difference on the SDSU sports deck during “Light the Night,” where the first 500 fans were gifted light-up bracelets. Berry finished with two goals on three shots and led his team to a victory.

Aztec goalkeeper and redshirt sophomore Harrison Skinner was tested often tonight.

“On that third goal I saw their number nine [Berry] coming down the field I thought we had a chance to foul him earlier in the midfield. He went through our defense and he was able to tuck it by me.”

Harrison Skinner

Emotions ran high as the cross-town rivals battled for San Diego bragging rights, multiple yellow cards were handed out throughout the match.

A crowd of over 1,600 people was rewarded with a seesaw match. SDSU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, due to a free kick by senior midfielder Pablo Pelaez.

“I feel disappointed [and] out of words. We usually do well against USD. It’s a tough one to swallow in front of all these amazing people that came out, but that’s soccer and we’ve got to move on from this and there is a game in two days we get to look forward to.”

Pablo Pelaez

17 minutes later, the Toreros tied the game 1-1 thanks to a Ross Meldrum goal. But only five minutes later, the Aztecs retook the lead thanks to a Tristan Weber score, making it 2-1 in the 64th minute.

In the end, the Aztecs had numerous missed scoring opportunities all throughout the game.

Aztec midfielder Keegan Kelly attempted to set teammates up throughout the night, but they did not return the favor.

“We could’ve gotten a better result, but the guys worked hard; I think we were prepared for this game. At the end of the day, we need to look in the mirror and look at ourselves and see what we need to improve on because this is back to back. We controlled the game and we can’t get the result we want.”

Pablo Pelaez

Due to missed opportunities, the Aztecs gave up two straight goals, which put them too far out of reach during the latter stages of the game.

Head coach Lev Kirshner, who is in his 20th season, pointed to the two goals made by USD’s Barry.

“We didn’t contain him [Berry], the kid picks up a ball at midfield on a dubious no call and he just runs right down the gut of our team. [He ran] 55 yards right down the middle and the second goal basically the same thing, but he only ran 35 yards so we did not just contain that well and getting ourselves isolated too often we made him look very good tonight.”

Lev Kirshner

SDSU men’s soccer team will play again at UNLV tonight at 8:00 pm.

SDSU cheer team at halftime of the SDSU vs USD game on Aug. 30, 2019.
Photo: Daniel Farr/KCR College Radio
Written by: Daniel Farr

SDSU Prepares For Annual Tony Gwynn Classic

The annual Tony Gwynn Legacy, hosted by both the Aztecs and the University of San Diego, will take place this weekend, from February 22-24th.

The annual tournament honors San Diego legend Tony Gwynn (Photo: Ernie Anderson/GoAztecs)

A week after receiving their rings to honor last year’s Mountain West Tournament Championship, their fifth title in six years, the San Diego State Baseball team will get to honor their head coach that began that run, Tony Gwynn, who passed away in 2014.

13 games will be played in remembrance of Gwynn beginning Thursday at Fowler ParkThe Aztecs and Toreros will host Utah, Kansas State, Fresno State, Oklahoma, No. 25 Cal State Fullerton and Missouri State throughout the weekend. Utah, Oklahoma, Fullerton, and Missouri State, along with the Aztecs, participated in the NCAA Tournament last year.  The Scarlet and Black will play against Utah on Friday at 6pm, followed by Oklahoma Saturday night at 6 p.m and Kansas State at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Gwynn came to SDSU in 1977 on a basketball scholarship and would become the Aztecs’ career assists leader, 590, a record that still stands today. Gwynn would first play baseball as an Aztec in 1979. On the diamond, he became an All-American outfielder, playing with future Major Leaguers like Bobby Meacham, Ed Amelung, Chris Jones and Al Newman. Gwynn would even play with future MLB umpire Kerwin Danley.

Gwynn was drafted on the same day by the Padres and Clippers, both San Diego franchises in 1981. He would choose baseball, and for 20 years he would wear a Padres uniform collecting 3,141 hits, a .338 lifetime batting average, 15 all-star appearances, seven Silver Slugger Awards, and five Gold Gloves en route to a 97.6 percent of the vote to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

After retiring as a player, he would come back to the Mesa and takeover for his college baseball coach, Jim Dietz and coach until his passing in June 2014.

Written by: Breven Honda