By John Philip Wyllie
There will be plenty of new faces donning the black and red when SDSU open its women’s soccer schedule on the Aztec Sports Deck this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. against Toledo. Temecula resident Adriana Aguillon, a former all-league Grossmont College midfielder, is one of the13 newcomers this fall and she is excited about the upcoming Aztec season.
Aguillon captained the Griffins the past two years and was selected as the team MVP following last year’s campaign. Her 19 goal/seven assist season earned her a spot on the 2006 All-Pacific Coast Conference Team. In so doing, she led the team to a conference championship. She is hoping her junior college success will be a springboard for even greater success with Aztecs. Aguillon arrived at the Aztecs pre-season camp fit and ready to go.
“I played on the local women’s semi-professional team during the summer (S.D. Sunwaves) so I got to play with Mexican women’s superstar Maribel Dominguez. She was a wonderful player and I am glad to say that I played with her and was her teammate. On this team there are not too many Hispanic players, so I am proud to be one of them.”
A year ago, the Aztecs finished in a tie for fifth place in the Mountain West Conference going 6-11-3 and 2-3-2 within the conference. Their third losing season in a row resulted in a shake-up and an opportunity for former associate head coach Mike Friesen to take over the skipper’s job. Aguillon has been impressed with Friesen so far.
“I love his mentality for the game because that is exactly how I think. I love his offensive ideas,” Aguillon said. “He is someone we look up to. We are not intimated or afraid of him. I’ve seem him play soccer and I’ve been very impressed with the way he plays the game.”
Aguillon is also impressed by the talented that Friesen has assembled on Montezuma Mesa.
“The talent here is unbelievable. The level of intensity is also much higher (than at Grossmont). Each player has their own special skill about them and they (mesh) very well together.”
Aguillon has spent most of her career as a center mid-fielder and she would like to move into that pivotal role with the Aztecs.
“I used to like being the goal scorer, but now I like distributing the ball and being the playmaker. I think that role is just as important as scoring a lot of goals. There is a lot of competition for that role here, but hopefully I’ll be able to get my feet on the field often.”
Aguillon reads the field very well and has a knack for scoring game winners, so she might be just what the Aztecs need.
Something that was apparently lacking on last year’s team was chemistry, but that shouldn’t be a problem this season.
“I don’t really know what the history of the team was last year, but I have heard it wasn’t very good. The difference this year is that the girls have bonded a lot better. The newcomers that have come in are very talented and I think the thing that is going to make us win and have a better season is the chemistry that this team has. I think that will make a difference,” Aguillon said.”
“I am hoping to have a really positive soccer experience here. Knowing the coaches and these girls, I think I will.”