San Diego State hosts the first SDSU Invitational this weekend at the SDSU Sports Deck. The participants include South Carolina, Kansas and UNLV in addition to the Aztecs.
The schedule for the Invitational is as follows:
Between games on Sunday there will be a special ceremony for Soccer in the Streets (S.I.T.S.), a program which develops soccer, educational, and life-skills programs for disadvantaged youth in the community.
Friday's match against South Carolina will be the Aztecs' first meeting with the Gamecocks.
San Diego State has won its only previous game against Kansas, a 3-0 victory at the University of Mississippi Tournament on Oct. 30, 1999.
The Aztecs began their 2001 campaign with a pair of 3-0 victories over Montana and Eastern Washington at the Diadora Cup in Missoula, Mont.
In the opener, SDSU got goals from Nicole Findlay, Hannah Garl and Kim Caste-llanos en route to the win over the host Montana Grizzlies. Senior goalie Erin Haentjens recorded the shutout after making three saves.
Against Eastern Washington, Findlay struck for two more goals and Castellanos added one in a game controlled by San Diego State. The Aztecs outshot the Eagles 34-4 with goalkeepers Haentjens and Stephanie Pearson combining for the shutout.
Haentjens and Pearson filled in admirably for regular starting keeper Linnea Quiñones, who missed the opening weekend while competing for Mexico at the World University Games in China.
Junior forward Arinda Alvarez had three assists in SDSU's opening weekend of action with one against Montana and a pair vs. Eastern Washington.
Alvarez is walk-on from nearby Chula Vista HS who had not played soccer since her high school days. She was named the Metro League player of the year as a senior at CVHS and had become a starter for the Aztecs.
She assisted on Hannah Garl's goal in the opener and also on SDSU's first two goals (by Nicole Findlay and Kim Castellanos) of the Eastern Washington contest.
Following the SDSU Invitational, the Aztecs will continue their four-game home stand as they host Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Sept. 14, at 1:00 p.m. at the Sports Deck.
San Diego State will then host nationally-ranked Duke on Sunday, Sept. 16. That contest is also slated for a 1:00 p.m. start at the SDSU Sports Deck.