The No. 13 Aztec men’s soccer team suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the still unbeaten No. 2 Washington 1-0 in extra time Thursday.
The Huskies’ Dylan Teves scored in the 94th minute on a cross that got knocked down and bounced around a crowded box.
It was’ first loss of the season for SDSU (6-1-2) and the first time they’ve trailed all season. They hadn’t given up a goal since Sept. 3.
“A tough result against a phenomenal opponent in Washington,” head coach Ryan Hopkins said. “To play the number two team in the country to basically a standstill on their home field shows the growth of our program and exciting times ahead.”
San Diego State held the Huskies (8-0-0) under two goals for the first time this season.
The back-and-forth match had a postseason feel as each team’s defense stood its ground throughout regulation. There were a combined three shots on goal through the first 90 minutes.
SDSU’s first opportunity came midway through the first half when Laukoa Santos sent a ball up the line to Iñigo Villaldea who found Andre Ochoa in the middle of the box. Ochoa took a touch and wound up to strike, but a Husky defender poked the ball away.
A few minutes later, the lights in Husky Soccer Stadium went out, causing a 20-minute delay.
UW held a 7-3 shot advantage in the first half, but the Aztecs outshot the Huskies 5-4 in the second half.
One of those shots came in the 87th minute when Henry Smith-Hastie received a pass from Ochoa and sent a rocket from 20 yards out that ricocheted off the crossbar.
Washington’s game-winning goal came following a cross that was headed down and off an Aztec defender right to Teves’ feet. He fired it into the back of the net.
Goalkeeper Jacob Castro (6-1-2), a UW transfer, allowed just his second goal of the year.