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Triton Offense Explodes for 5-1 Victory Over SF State

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team defeated San Francisco State 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Triton Soccer Stadium. 

The victory enhances the Tritons’ overall record to 9-3 and 4-2 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play for the 2019 campaign. Handing the Gators their third lost this season, San Francisco State falls to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in conference contests. 

UC San Diego’s five goal game, matches a team-best on the season in its game against Concordia-Irvine back on Sept. 5.

A stellar performance from UC San Diego’s offense began just minutes in from opening kickoff. Junior Jonathan Sabouri netted his first goal of the match upon taking advantage of a San Francisco State goalkeeper mistake. Sabouri pressured the Gator goalie who had the initial intent of clearing the ball. The Carlsbad native made contact with the kick as it ricocheted in to give the Tritons a 1-0 lead. 

Junior Brett Jones increased the advantage to two in the 16th minute, scoring just his first of the game as well. A free kick opportunity placed Jones steps outside the penalty box in which he capitalized, drilling a shot into the upper left corner of the Gators’ net. 

At the 20-minute mark, San Francisco State cut the deficit to one where the score remained 2-1 heading into halftime.

The UC San Diego offense erupted in the second half. At 59:17, Jones tallied his team-best 8th goal of the season on a perfectly placed pass from freshman Alessandro Allen on the left side. Jones was positioned towards the right post and connected with the cross to finish, extending the score, 3-1.

Minutes later, at the 63rd-minute, Sabouri found his second goal of the competition. Redshirt senior Andy Sartor controlled a ball on UC San Diego’s back half of the field, hitting redshirt freshman Aidan Cuevas who broke out wide-left. Cuevas played a ball through to sprinting Sabouri on the right side who completed the multi-player effort. It was the fourth goal for Sabouri on the year. 

The Tritons’ final goal developed in the 65th-minute when Sartor continued the pressure, targeting the post that then bounced out to Allen who picked up the rebound. Unassisted and with his right foot, Allen was left wide open, establishing the second goal of his young career.

The UC San Diego defense held the Gators to just four shots each period. Triton goalie, redshirt junior Pedro Enciso, allowed one goal in his 90 minutes of play.

Moving forward, the Tritons will return to action on Friday, Oct. 18 and play host to Chico State as part of Homecoming Weekend. 

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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