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Hayley Johnson ranks seventh nationally in assists with seven so far.
Tritons Carry Momentum into Road Matchups with Dominguez Hills and L.A.
Release: Wednesday 10/06/2010 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Last week, the UC San Diego women's soccer team defeated Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona to move ahead of both squads in the conference's South Division standings. This week, the Tritons will get the chance to overtake at least one more opponent.

UCSD holds third place in the division, with a 4-2-2 mark within the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Tritons travel to play the second-place team, Cal State Dominguez Hills (5-2-1 CCAA), Friday at 7 p.m. Then on Sunday at 2 p.m., first-place Cal State L.A. (6-2) will host UCSD.

Earlier in the year, the Tritons (6-2-2 overall) got mixed results against the Golden Eagles and Toros at home. On Sept. 10, CSULA pulled the 3-1 upset of UCSD as the visiting Golden Eagles rallied for three unanswered scores to open the match's second half. A couple days later the Tritons rebounded with a 3-0 win over CSUDH, in a contest that featured a goal directly off a Hayley Johnson corner and an impressive stop from Kristin Armstrong on a Toros' penalty kick.

Johnson, adept at creating opportunities for UCSD off set pieces, currently ranks seventh nationally at the Division II level in assists with seven. On numerous occasions, her crosses have led to scores from Annette Ilg (five goals) and Sarah McTigue (four goals). On Tuesday CCAA officials gave Player of the Week honors to McTigue, who has tallied three goals in the last four games. Currently in the conference ranks, the Tritons are first in shots (179), first in corner kicks (76), second in goals (22) and third in goals allowed (8).

Friday's opponent, CSUDH, had been carrying a five-match undefeated streak since mid-September but the conference's top squad Cal State Stanislaus snapped that run with a 3-2 home win over the Toros on Sunday. Taylor Canatsey, a transfer from San Diego State, and junior Jessica Murphy lead the CSUDH attack. The two have combined to score 13 of the team's 20 goals so far. The Tritons hold a slight edge in the all-time series with the Toros, at 17-16-5.

Sunday will mark the third time this season UCSD is challenging a nationally-ranked opponent. CSULA enters the weekend at No. 15 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. The Golden Eagles have recorded the most goals in the CCAA so far at 23, with 15 of those coming from Liz Franco and Ann Marie Tangorra.

CSULA returns home this week having reeled off three-straight road wins, which came against CSUSB, Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State. This weekend's match between the Golden Eagles and Tritons will be the 20th all-time meeting between the two, with UCSD holding an 11-7-1 edge.

After the two road games this week, the Tritons will return home to host Chico State on Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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