ASCENDING AZTECS: San Diego State is off to its best start since the 1982 season after tying Stanford and upsetting then-No. 3 California last weekend.

San Diego State senior defender Matt Couch. (San Diego State)
Senior defender Matt Couch earned a spot on the College Soccer News national team of the week after anchoring a defense that allowed just one goal in the two games. The native of Tucson, Ariz., also assisted on the game-winning goal against Cal that was scored with just two seconds remaining in the game.

The No. 15 Aztecs are the only team in the Pac-10 without a loss as they boast a 7-0-2 record. SDSU ranks second in the nation with a 0.32 goals against average and is tied for first with a 0.78 shutout percentage. Junior Tally Hall is the NCAA leader with a 0.214 goals against average, and is ranked third with a .920 shots on goal save percentage.

TIGER TALES: Forward Sebastian Haensel was selected Colonial Athletic Association Men's Soccer Player of the Week after leading the Towson to a pair of league victories last week.

Haensel, a junior from Leipzig, Germany, netted the game-winning goal in a 1-0 overtime win against James Madison on Sept. 30, and then scored just 24 seconds into the game as the Tigers downed Virginia Commonwealth, 2-1, on Oct. 2.

With the victories, Towson has won eight straight games and is in a tie with No. 3 Old Dominion for first-place in the CAA standings. The streak is the longest in school history since becoming a Division I program.

The Tigers also earned their first national ranking since 2001, grabbing the No. 20 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas poll. Towson is off to its best start since 1995 with an 8-1-0 record.

HUNGRY LIKE A WOLF: NC State's Aaron King scored three goals last week as he led the Wolfpack to wins over Charlotte and Clemson last week and earned College Soccer News National Player of the Week honors for his outstanding play.

King, a senior forward from Denver, Colo., contributed a pair of goals against Charlotte in a 2-1 victory on Sept. 28, and followed it up with another goal in a 2-0 blanking of the Tigers. It was just the first time since 1994 that the Pack beat Clemson on the road.

King has 11 goals in the first 11 games of the season, and is scoreless in just one contest. He is tied for fourth in the nation with 1.00 goals per game.

NC State is 7-1-1 over the last nine games after starting the season 0-2, earning the No. 22 in the latest national rankings. The Wolfpack has shutout their last two Atlantic Coast Conference foes (Clemson and then-No. 3 Maryland on Sept. 25).

NOTABLE: Butler goalkeeper Frank Peabody is a key reason for the Bulldogs' 8-2 record as he leads the nation with a .943 save percentage and ranks second with a 0.250 goals against average. He has posted shutouts in his last two starts, and has six on the season. The Bulldogs have won three straight games ... No. 2 Akron continues to lead the nation in scoring with 3.89 goals per game, while holding opponents to a third-best 0.33 goals per game.