Nick Cirrito's Late Goal Clinches Win for Tritons in Front of Packed House
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team captured a thrilling 2-1 victory over Hawai’i Hilo on Saturday night, as the Tritons improved to 5-1 on the season and the Vulcans fell to 0-2. The Tritons and Vulcans faced off in front of one of the largest crowds in Triton Soccer Stadium history. Approximately 1,400 fans were in attendance.
After the Vulcans grabbed a lead in the 32nd minute, the Tritons responded a little over eight minutes later. Shaheen Daneshvar entered the game off the bench at 39:11, and quickly made an impact. The San Jose native sent the ball into the lower left side of the Vulcan net to tie the game, collecting his first collegiate goal.
In the second half, the two teams continued to battle. They matched each other shot-for-shot, as both squads recorded seven shots during each half. Nick Cirrito was the difference maker though, bringing home the victory for the Tritons in the 88th minute.
Aidan Cuevas dished out a pass to Cirrito, who fought off the Vulcan defenders to strike the ball into the right side of the Hawai’i Hilo goal. With the goal, Cirrito is tied with Brett Jones for the team lead, with three apiece.
In the net, goalkeeper Pedro Enciso recorded seven saves and allowed just one goal to the Vulcans. Enciso played all 90 minutes.
The win over Hawai’i Hilo concludes UC San Diego’s six-game homestand. The Tritons will now get ready to enter conference play, as they head to Cal State East Bay to face the Pioneers at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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