CCAA Championship Semifinal
vs. No. 25 Cal State Stanislaus
Friday, Nov. 2 • 1:30 p.m.
Toro Stadium • Carson
TRITONS SET FOR 13TH STRAIGHT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
UCSD's come-from-behind, 3-2 victory at Cal State East Bay last Friday night clinched outright an 11th California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) South Division title in 13 years. Having concluded the regular season, next on the schedule this week is a 13th straight CCAA Championship appearance since joining the conference for the 2000 season. UCSD will travel to Carson on Wednesday, hold one 55-minute training session on Thursday at 11 a.m., attend the annual CCAA Championship banquet that night at 6:30 p.m. on the eve of their semifinal match-up as the third seed against second-seeded Cal State Stanislaus on Friday, Nov. 2. Kickoff at Toro Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m. The first semifinal, pitting top-seeded Sonoma State and fourth seed Cal Poly Pomona, will begin at 11 a.m., with the winners facing off for the 2012 CCAA crown at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. The Tritons are making a second trip to Carson this year, after a 3-1 win over tournament host Cal State Dominguez Hills there back on Oct. 14.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The winner of Sunday's CCAA Championship final earns automatic entry into the 2012 NCAA Championship. The 48-team NCAA Division II Championship field will be announced the day after the CCAA final, on Monday, Nov. 5, at 4:30 p.m. PT. UCSD has made seven consecutive NCAA Championship tournaments and 11 of 12 since moving up from Division III to Division II.
CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
The Tritons will be in search of their eighth CCAA title this weekend in Carson, with the last one coming in 2008. UCSD is 13-3-3 over its 12 previous appearances at the event. The Tritons have been eliminated in the semifinal round of each of the past three CCAA tournaments, all in Turlock, with the first two via penalty-kick tiebreakers, since that most recent 2008 success in La Jolla. They are 4-2 in four previous installments in Carson, lifting the trophy there in 2000 and 2003 to book-end UCSD's run of four straight tourney titles after first joining the CCAA for the 2000 season.
CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS
Single-day tickets for the 2012 CCAA Championship are $8 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors and $2 for children under the age of 12. Two-day tournament passes are $15 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors and $3 for children under 12. A family pass can also be purchased for $25 for a two-day admission for two adults and two children. Those attending are asked to park in Lot 6 to access Toro Stadium.
CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP COVERAGE
All games of the 2012 CCAA Championship will have both streaming video and live stats available, free of charge with no registration required, for fans and families unable to make the trip to Carson. A live video feed for Friday's semifinal at 1:30 p.m., with no commentary, and a full Internet TV broadcast of Sunday's final at 12:30 p.m. should the Tritons advance, can be accessed via the women's soccer Schedule/Results page at UCSDtritons.com. The video feeds are courtesy of the Toro Sports Network, with David Smock (play-by-play) and Jim San Martin (analyst) on the call Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. with the CCAA Today pregame show. For live stats, fans can click on Live Stats under the Fan Zone tab off the front page at UCSDtritons.com.
The Tritons moved back into the NSCAA/Continental Tire national poll this Tuesday following a pair of road wins over the weekend, now up to No. 13. CCAA North Division champion Sonoma State also moved back into the poll at No. 7, with UCSD's Friday opponent, Cal State Stanislaus, down from No. 8 to No. 25 this week. Regionally, UCSD remained in third in Wednesday's third release of the all-important NCAA West poll, with the top six sides earning one of 48 berths into the 2012 NCAA Division II Championship. Sonoma State and Seattle Pacific are first and second, with Cal Poly Pomona fourth and Stanislaus fifth. The NSCAA/Continental Tire West poll has UCSD in second, behind Sonoma State and ahead of Seattle Pacific and Stanislaus. Cal Poly Pomona is sixth.
MS. OCTOBER IZZY POZURAMA
Forward Izzy Pozurama completed an incredible October with two more goals, both game-winners, in a pair of road victories last weekend. She now shares the team lead of eight goals scored on the year with fellow sophomore Cassie Callahan. Each goal has come over the past seven matches since Oct. 7, with all of them coming in six victories as UCSD has gone 6-1 over its last seven. Four of Pozurama's eight goals were of the game-winning variety in those six triumphs. The Lake Forest product has a pair of two-goal performances during this run. Pozurama earned the team's only Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week recognition for 2012 on Oct. 15.
BRODSKY DOING WONDERS IN NET
The Tritons have not missed a beat following the departure to graduation of two-time All-American goalkeeper and 2011 CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player Kristin Armstrong, thanks to the play of Kelcie Brodsky. The true freshman out of Agoura Hills has started all 17 games thus far and posted league-leading numbers of a 0.51 goals-against average and .886 save percentage. Her goals-against average ranks her 10th in the nation in the NCAA Division II, and first among freshmen.
2012 TOURNAMENT FIELD OVERVIEW
UCSD has gone 2-1-1 this season against the three other participants of the 2012 CCAA Championship. The Tritons have a pair of wins over South foe Cal Poly Pomona (1-0 at home, 5-1 in Pomona), which were followed by a scoreless draw at then-13th-ranked Sonoma State on Oct. 5, and a 1-0 home defeat to then-No. 20 Cal State Stanislaus on Oct. 19. UCSD is an unbeaten 8-0-1 outside of La Jolla so far on the year.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
Cal State Stanislaus (15-3, 11-3 CCAA) was the North runner-up behind Sonoma State after dropping a narrow 2-1 decision at home to the Seawolves last Sunday in what was effectively the North title match. The Warriors, who earned their first CCAA crown a year ago in Turlock, are led for the third year in a row by junior forward Karenee Demery, a two-time All-American and three-time Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week this season following each of three hat tricks. While leading the league with 18 goals scored and 39 points, she also is tied for first nationally in Division II in goals. Emily Relles, herself a junior, has provided a single-season program-record and CCAA-leading 12 assists. Senior Millie Brown (0.99 GAA, 61 saves, eight shutouts) is the Warrior goalkeeper. Gabriel Bolton is in his eighth season as the Cal State Stanislaus head coach.
UCSD is 10-3-1 all-time against the Warriors, including 0-1 at the CCAA Championship. That one tournament loss came a year ago, in fact, a 2-1 decision in a semifinal in Turlock, with Stanislaus going on to its first conference crown two days later, 4-0 over Chico State.
HEAD COACH BRIAN McMANUS
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 430-65-42, for a career win percentage of .840. He trails only Gabe Mejail of Merrimack (431) 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.
NEW ONLINE STORE
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 UCSDtritonsgear.com.
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