SDSU Men's Soccer Shuts Out Manhattan, 4-0

September 9, 2011

Four different San Diego State men’s soccer players scored a goal in a 4-0 victory over Manhattan in the first game of the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Tournament Friday afternoon at SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs improved to 2-1-1 with the win, while the Jaspers dropped to 0-3-0.

Sophomore Miles Byass (Highland, Calif.) had a goal and an assist to pace the SDSU offense, while senior Justin Davies (San Diego/Brooks School (Mass.)), and juniors Jose Altamirano (San Diego/Southwest HS) and Ata Ozbay (Barrington, Ill./Univ. of Wisconsin) each added a goal. San Diego State outshot Manhattan, 20-5, including and 8-2 advantage on net.

The Aztecs got on the scoreboard in the sixth minute when Davies finished off a nice string of passes. Redshirt sophomore John Pegg (Edmonton, Alberta) ended up with the ball 30 yards out in the center. He chipped a pass on the left side to Byass, who immediately sent it to the far post. Davies was there to tap in the wide-open shot into the right side. It was his fourth goal of his career.

At the 12:00 mark, Byass got through on the far right side, but his 15-yard attempt went wide right past the near post.

SDSU appeared to take a 2-0 lead in the 45th minute right before halftime, but redshirt sophomore Morgan Sacco’s (Greeley, Colo.) goal was called back because of an offsides.

At the half, San Diego State had seven of the eight shots in the match and the only corner kick.

The Aztecs added to their lead at the 52:44 mark when Ozbay finished off a flurry of shots inside 10 yards. Sacco had a shot blocked, sophomore Kody Duff (Roseville, Calif.) had another attempt blocked moments later and then Ozbay corralled Duff’s shot and knocked it into the net from close range. It was Ozbay’s first career collegiate goal.

SDSU scored another goal in the 71st minute when redshirt junior Chance Marden (Fremont, Calif.) chipped a ball over the Jasper defense to a breaking Byass. Byass beat the goalkeeper and scored from 18 yards. Dating back to last season, Byass now has 17 points on seven goals and three assists over his last nine matches.

Byass had two more quality chances, but missed left from 13 yards in the 78th minute and, after beating a defender, pushed his shot just wide right from the left side from about 12 yards out in the 87th minute.

Altamirano scored the final goal of the game for San Diego State at the 86:17 mark off an assist from redshirt sophomore Jordan Ongaro (Edmonton, Alberta). It was Altamirano’s third career collegiate goal.

Byass’ six shots were one more than the entire Manhattan team. Senior co-captain Daniel Steres (Calabasas, Calif.) added three attempts, while Altamirano, Davies, redshirt freshman Anthony Gooch (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Ozbay each had two shots.

Aztec redshirt freshman goalkeeper Tim Peitsch (Perry Hall, Md.) played all 90 minutes in net and had two saves in his first career collegiate start and first collegiate shutout. George Ellis (one save, one goal allowed) and Christopher Lands (three saves, three goals allowed) each played a half for the Jaspers.

SDSU welcomes 21st-ranked Penn at noon Sunday to wrap up its play in the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Tournament. The Quakers and San Diego (USD) were scheduled to play at Torero Stadium tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. PT.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Sophomore Miles Byass (Highland, Calif.) earned Man of the Match honors after scoring a goal and assisting on another in San Diego State’s 4-0 win over Manhattan. Byass outshot the Jaspers by himself by a 6-5 margin with two of his attempts coming on net. The forward played 60 minutes.

Goal Summary
1, SDSU - Justin Davies (1) (Miles Byass (3), John Pegg (1)), 5:25
2, SDSU - Ata Ozbay (1) (Kody Duff (1)), 52:44
3, SDSU - Miles Byass (2) (Chance Marden (1)), 70:07
4, SDSU - Jose Altamirano (1) (Jordan Ongaro (1)), 84:24

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