D1A Player of the Week: Adahir Aguilera

D1A Rugby: D1A Player of the Week: Adahir Aguilera
Photo Credit: Connie Hatfield

BOULDER, Colo. – San Diego State won’t see Cal Poly in California Conference play until March 12, still, its preseason win over the Mustangs is a good indicator that the Aztecs are a contender for a 2016 D1A Playoff spot.

Squaring off against Cal Poly’s quality forward pack, prop Adahir Aguilera helped the Aztec’s scrum more than hold their own in the 32-18 victory. The win of the road was San Diego State’s best of the season, and moved the team up five spots to No. 12 in this week’s Canterbury D1A Top 20.

“Adahir turned in a complete performance over the weekend by putting in the hard yards in the scrum, at the breakdown, strong short carries and expansive support lines,” complimented San Diego State Head Coach Alex Lichtig. “Cal Poly is very strong in the set piece, and Adahir helped our team weather the storm and eventually he was even able to crack through their defense in the second half.”

Aguilera, a junior Accounting major, was named vice captain this season, and has been invaluable in terms of leadership.

“He has progressed as one of our senior leaders over the last three years – always leading by example, and encouraging others to achieve more than they think is possible.”

Last weekend’s win over Cal Poly should give Aguilera and the rest of the Aztecs a much-needed confidence boost heading into this weekend’s California Conference opener against No. 1 Saint Mary’s.