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Mountain West Champs

The women's soccer team boasts the best record and national ranking in its history.
The team celebrates after beating the Air Force to win the Mountain West title.
The team celebrates after beating the Air Force to win the Mountain West title.

The No. 6 San Diego State women's soccer team clinched the 2012 Mountain West regular season championship on Sunday afternoon by cruising to a 3-0 victory over Air Force at SDSU Sports Deck.

The Aztecs are now 16-1-1 and 6-0 in MW play, which marks the best record through 18 games in program history, as well as the highest ranking in history.

“I couldn’t be happier for the whole group to accomplish the first of our many goals, which is to win the Mountain West regular season championship,” said head coach Mike Friesen. “We have several more to go. We want to go undefeated in the Mountain West, we want to win the Mountain West Tournament and we want to go as far as we can in the NCAA Tournament.”

A winning history

This regular season title is the second Mountain West championship for SDSU (2009 Mountain West Tournament champions) and it marks the fourth overall league crown in school history.

The Aztecs were Western Athletic Conference champions during the 1995 and ’98 seasons. SDSU’s 16 wins in 2012 are now the most in a season during Friesen’s tenure on Montezuma Mesa, surpassing the 15 victories amassed by the 2009 MW Tournament championship squad.

Title-winning game

In the contest on Sunday, the Aztecs wasted little time as they tallied the game-winner at the 2:24 mark on a goal by sophomore Hannah Keane. Keane then notched another goal in the 21st minute and Megan Jurado wrapped up the scoring for SDSU with her 13th goal of the season less than a minute later.

Keane tallied the first attempt of the game at the 1:26 mark and then used assists from redshirt senior Tiffany Hurst and sophomore Haley to connect on a great shot in front of the net about a minute later.

SDSU appeared even more in control on Sunday than it did on Friday as it continued to fire a number of attempts at goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh. The Aztecs then connected on their 11th shot of the contest to increase the lead to 2-0 on Keane’s second goal of the day.

After substitutions by both teams, San Diego State found another opening in the defense as Jurado took a pass from freshman Victoria Barba and connected cross cage to give her team a comfortable 3-0 advantage. At the half, the Aztecs held a 17-2 advantage in shots (9-0 in shots on goal) and were just 45 minutes away from the Mountain West regular season crown.

In the second half, SDSU continued its offensive onslaught and kept up the intensity as it tallied 14 more shots (5 on net) en route to victory.

Of the 21 players who saw action in the game, 14 Aztecs notched at least one attempt. Leading the group was Keane who had five shots, including three on goal and one assist in 47 minutes of action.

At the end of the afternoon, the Aztecs outshot the Falcons by a 31-6 margin (15-3 in shots on goal), won the corner kick battle (9-2) as well as the possession battle (69-31). Redshirt sophomore Rachel Boaz played 45 minutes in goal and picked up her 16th win of the season.

The Aztecs wrap up Mountain West play next Friday as they welcome New Mexico for Senior Day. The conference showdown is set for a 7 p.m. start at the SDSU Sports Deck.

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