After a controversial and heartbreaking Thursday, Sept. 28 loss to Washington, No.2, the No.13 San Diego State Aztec men’s soccer team (6-2-2, 2-2-0 Pac-12) lost his second game in a row. game, losing 2-0 to the Oregon State Beavers (6-1-1, 2-0-0 Pac-12) at Corvallis on Sunday, October 3.
Oregon State did its damage early, scoring in the 19th minute as graduate Adrian Molina-Diaz found the back of the net after a setup from sophomore Javier Armas and freshman Joran Gerbert.
The Beavers added another six minutes later as sophomore Carlos Moliner slipped fellow sophomore goalie Jacob Castro. The two goals ended up being the first goals allowed by Castro this season and the first time the Aztecs have fallen behind in regulation this season.
The Aztecs struggled to launch their offense as they were outscored 19-4, 8-2 in shots on goal, totaling just two shots in each half. Sophomore Iñigo Villaldea led the Aztecs with two shots.
Despite the disappointing finish, head coach Ryan Hopkins was pleased with the resilience of the Aztecs.
“I don’t believe in moral victories,” Hopkins told SDSU Track and Field. “Corn [I] was really proud of how we continued to fight and believe, even in the toughest times. These lessons are not only valuable for football, but also for life.
After suffering their first two losses on Thursday and Sunday, the Aztecs will look to bounce back against a tough UCLA team on Friday night in Westwood. The 23rd ranked Bruins are currently 6-4, 2-2 in the Pac-12 game. Both teams will be looking to break a two-game losing streak as the Bruins also lost to Oregon State and Washington this weekend.
“The real test of a coach and a team is how they react to tough times, so I’m delighted to see our response against a talented UCLA team,” Hopkins told SDSU Track and Field.