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The Tritons are aiming for two wins up North to take them into next week's tournament.
UCSD Looks to Help NCAA Chances with Road Pair
Release: Wednesday 10/24/2012 
Match 16
Friday, Oct. 26 • 4:30 p.m.
at Cal State East Bay
Pioneer Stadium • Hayward
Live Stats

Match 17
Sunday, Oct. 28 • 2 p.m.
at Cal State Monterey Bay
Otter Sports Complex • Seaside
Live Stats

Sunday's 3-0 victory at home on Senior Day over Chico State earned UCSD at least a share of its 11th California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) South Division title in 13 years and 13th straight CCAA Championship berth since joining the conference for the 2000 season. The Tritons will be making a return trip to Carson next week for the 2012 CCAA Championship. One more point this weekend from either road game will give UCSD the outright South crown. The Tritons will take on either Sonoma State or Cal State Stanislaus in a semifinal match at Toro Stadium on Friday, Nov. 2, with the start time to be determined later.

The Tritons moved from No. 12 a week ago, out of the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire national poll, released Tuesday, following the 1-0 home defeat to No. 8 Cal State Stanislaus. UCSD currently shows up in the receiving votes category. CCAA North Division leader Sonoma State, like the Tritons, moved out of the poll this week after a split, falling all the way from No. 5 to leave Cal State Stanislaus as the only nationally-rated CCAA side at the moment. Regionally, UCSD moved from second to third in the all-important NCAA West poll, with the top six sides earning one of 48 berths into the 2012 NCAA Division II Championship. The Tritons are behind Stanislaus and Sonoma State. The NSCAA/Continental Tire West poll has UCSD now tied for fourth.

Forward Izzy Pozurama, the Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week a week ago (Oct. 8-14), produced another two-goal brace in Sunday's 3-0 victory over Chico State. All six of her goals this season have come over the past five games, all of them coming in a quartet of Triton victories. She has a pair of two-goal performances over the last three contests. The Lake Forest product ranks behind only fellow sophomore Cassie Callahan on both the team's total points (20-12) and goals (7-6) charts.

The Tritons have not missed a beat following the departure to graduation of two-time All-American goalkeeper and CCAA Defensive Player of the Year Kristin Armstrong, thanks to the play of Kelcie Brodsky. The true freshman out of Agoura Hills has started all 15 games thus far and posted league-leading numbers of a 0.45 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. Her goals-against average ranks her ninth in the nation in the NCAA Division II, and first among freshmen.

Cal State East Bay is 6-9-1 overall and 2-9-1 in conference play, occupying the fifth position in the North Division. The Pioneers have suffered back-to-back losses after two straight wins. Shianna Falk (5 G, 3 A) and Kara Yamamoto (3 G, 7 A) each have 13 points offensively for East Bay, with a third senior, Eugenie Foote, having added four goals. Freshman Jamie Botteon (1.63 GAA) and senior Nina Cefalo (1.45) have both seen time in net.

UCSD is a perfect 5-0 against the Pioneers all-time, including a 5-1 victory in La Jolla a season ago with current seniors Britnee Chesney, Jessica Wi, Danielle Dixon and Gabi Hernandez and current assistant coach Sarah McTigue all scoring goals.

Cal State Monterey Bay, in third place in the North Division, is 8-7 overall and 5-7 in CCAA games. The Otters have already earned the most wins and conference wins in program history. They snuck into the No. 10 spot in the season's first NCAA West Region poll on Oct. 17, and maintained that rating this week. CSUMB split last weekend, losing 2-0 at San Francisco State before edging Cal State East Bay on the road, 1-0. They host Cal State San Bernardino on Friday afternoon before the Tritons come to town. San Diego native Andrea Davis (Coronado HS), who grabbed the 89th-minute winner at East Bay, is the leading scorer with five goals, while Kristen Womack and Korie Soares have added three apiece. Diana Zambrano (1.27 GAA) has been the regular goalie.

UCSD is a perfect 8-0 all-time against the Otters. Most recently, the Tritons posted a 5-0 victory over CSUMB in La Jolla a season ago. Their last visit to Seaside saw them take a 4-1 decision in 2010.

UCSD's game against Chico State last Sunday was Senior Day for 10 Triton seniors. Following a recognition ceremony ahead of kick-off, all 10 were included in head coach Brian McManus' starting lineup, with true freshman Kelcie Brodsky in goal. That included Mary McWalters' first career start, and Ellie Nevarez's first appearance since Oct. 25, 2009. The Class of 2012: Britnee Chesney, Danielle Dixon, Alexa Enlow, Laura Gordon, Gabi Hernandez, Hayley Johnson, McWalters, Nevarez, Jessica Wi and Ellen Wilson.

Senior defenders Hayley Johnson and Ellen Wilson have each started all 82 games that UCSD has played since they stepped foot onto the La Jolla campus. Johnson has generally played at left back, with Wilson a center back in head coach Brian McManus' traditional three-defender alignment. Alongside forward Gabi Hernandez, the three fourth-year seniors are tri-captains this season. Wilson is the only Triton to have played every minute in 2012. She has led UCSD field players in minutes played in each of her four years.

Hayley Johnson is now up to fifth place on the program's all-time assists list, with 31 over her stellar four-year career. She is third on the team in 2012 with four assists after back-to-back team-leading double-figure seasons of 10 in 2010 and 14 in her All-American 2011 campaign. Earlier this year, Johnson passed current UCSD assistant coach and former Triton All-American Kristin Jones' total of 29 assists from 2000-03. She is five helpers away from tying a trio of former program greats in second.

Brian McManus is in his 26th season as the head coach of the UC San Diego women's soccer program. He has led the Tritons to all seven of their national titles, with five in the NCAA Division III and two in Division II. McManus' overall record currently stands at 428-65-42, for a career win percentage of .839. He trails only Gabe Mejail of Merrimack (430) for the most victories among current Division II coaches. All-time regardless of division or active status, McManus ranks fifth in wins and seventh in winning percentage.

UC San Diego Athletics, in conjunction with the San Diego Food Bank, is taking part in the 2012 Colleges Rock Hunger campaign for the remainder of the month of October. The initiative provides nourishment for San Diego families in need. Anyone who brings a minimum of one canned food or other nonperishable food item to UCSD men's water polo or women's volleyball matches this weekend will be admitted free of charge. Help a great cause and enjoy some exciting college athletics at the same time!

Triton Athletics is excited to announce a new partnership with Advanced-Online which will provide a web-based, on-demand option for UCSD apparel and merchandise. Fans now have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours. Advanced-Online also offers special event and championship gear. Access the site at

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