Men’s soccer hosts San Francisco, heads to Portland – California State University Bakersfield Athletics

Bakersfield – California State University, Bakersfield men’s soccer returns home to the friendly confines of a major soccer field on Saturday, September 17, as undefeated San Francisco hosts its annual 661 event celebration at 7 p.m. After a week of practice, it will head The Roadrunners team next. North to Portland to close a non-conference schedule with a date against the Pilots on Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. Bakersfield 2-3-1 in the season, after a goalless draw at California Baptiste earlier this week.

USF enters Saturday’s competition with a record 4-0-2, including an impressive 6-0 break-up of Big West opponent Cal Poly on their last outing. The Flyers are also undefeated in a tie with No. 21 Indiana, and will face Denver and West Virginia this week before welcoming the runners to the City of Roses.

CSUB with USF Dons is available to stream on ESPN+ and tickets can be purchased for just $6.61 by visiting GoRunners.com/Tickets and using promo code 661.

this week…

vs San Francisco (Saturday, September 17 – 7:00 p.m.) | Bakersfield, California | Watch | Live stats | tickets
In Portland (Friday, September 23 – 7:00 p.m.) | Portland, ore. | Watch | Live stats | tickets

highway hits…

* A goal keeper Filippo Dadon He was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week, on September 5, after making eight saves and scoring 2-0 in a weekend sweep of visits to Grand Canyon and Gonzaga. Dadon saved five more saves this week with a loss to Utah Tech and a road draw with California Baptiste. The youngster from Turin, Italy only allowed one goal in his last 280:24, cutting his season-to-average goals to 1.36 and raising his save ratio to 0.733.

* Rene Cortez And the Jacob Fitzgerald They are Bakersfield’s top scorers this season, each with a goal and assist of the year. Cortez scored both goals in the victory over the visitors’ Grand Canyon, while Fitzgerald scored against Pacific and provided an assist past Gonzaga.

*First Captain and Midfielder Carlos Armenarez It ranks third in The Big West in the number of shot attempts per game, averaging 2.67 chances per 90 minutes. The San Francisco, California native has hit 16 shots in six games this season, putting one fifth into goal.

* Carlos Armenarez He made 41 consecutive starts, dating back to August 30, 2019 against Elon. Armendariz has earned the pre-match nod in 41 of the 44 games he has participated in during his Roadrunner career, scoring nine goals and one assist assist for 19 career points. A San Francisco native, he is a CSUB Year 3 captain. defender Harry Downing He is the only other sprinter to have made at least 40 appearances, having tied him for the 40th time earlier this week at the California Baptist.

* Filippo Dadon He faced 10.67 shots per game with Roadrunner’s goal in mind, including 5.0 opposing shots on target each night. Dadone has stopped 73.3% of the SOG he’s faced this season, and made 22 total saves. Excluding one of four goals in the Pacific, Dadon’s save percentage jumped to 84.0%.

* Bryson Hankins He leads the “runners” with 536 minutes played in six games, only wasting four minutes of them all season.

* Four of Bakersfield’s five goals this season have been scored for the first time. student Andres Pérez de Graciasecond year students Rene Cortez And the Jacob Fitzgerald and young Stefon Marcano Both scored their first career stats in 2022. Cortez and Fitzgerald have led the team in scoring so far, having each collected their first career passes of the season.

* CSUB Men’s Football Club Kyle Lundy Tragically killed earlier this week. Lundy played for the Roadrunners from 2002-04, and was a captain on the 2004 team that won the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. Since graduating, Lundy has been closely associated with the local youth soccer community, most recently working as a youth coach and technical director at Albion Central California.

*The Roadrunners lead the conference with 20 yellow cards, an average of 3.33 yellow cards per game, but are second after last in the Big West with just 10.83 fouls per outing.

*One win this week would give CSUB its highest non-conference win total since its three-time league win in 2015. The Roadrunners beat Grand Canyon and Gonzaga this season, and begin playing in the league on September 28 against Sacramento State.

* Contestants advance to conference tournaments in each head coach Richie Grant‘s Seven seasons in Bakersfield. Last season, CSUB finished fourth in the Big West – having been selected to finish the last game – and hosted a quarter-final match with UC Davis at The Main Soccer Field. This season, CSUB was selected to finish eighth in the 10-team league…

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