LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego men's soccer team faces CCAA road tests this weekend at San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona.
Match No. 5
UCSD (2-2,1-1) at San Francisco State (1-1-2,0-1-1)
Friday, September 16 - 12:30 p.m.
Cox Stadium - San Francisco, Calif.
Match No. 6
UCSD (2-2,1-1) at Cal Poly Pomona (3-1,2-0)
Sunday, September 18 - 2:00 p.m.
Kellogg Field - Pomona, Calif.
TRITON SOCCER KICKOFF
The Tritons will host their first home match of the season next Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 p.m. against Cal State San Bernardino. The match will be the second leg of a doubleheader and will be after the women's soccer game vs. CSUSB at noon. UCSD will also be celebrating the Triton Soccer Kickoff , a 10-event competition between participating youth soccer clubs in the San Diego area. With a specific point system per event, the club that compiles the most overall points will win the perpetual trophy that it can keep in its trophy case for the next year. Competitions include: a four-person dribbling relay, two-person juggling, target shooting, individual headers, individual juggling and many more. For more information on how to sign-up, click here.
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FREE KICK SPECIALISTS
UCSD has won both of its matches in 2011 on goals off free kicks. The Tritons started the year by using a goal off an Adam Zernik free kick to take down Cal Baptist, 2-1, on September 1. In UCSD's most recent contest on Sunday at Cal State San Bernardino, the Tritons found themselves down 1-0 at halftime. However, Alex Portela scored off an assist from Evan Walker in the 54th minute to tie it at 1-1, and Cory Wolfrom drew a foul just two minutes later outside the Coyote penalty box to give UCSD a chance to take the lead. Jordan Valenciano stepped-in to take the free kick on the left side about 20 yards out and promptly curled a shot to the near post, beating the CSUSB keeper to his right, giving the Tritons their final 2-1 advantage for the team's first CCAA win of 2011. No. 10 Cal State L.A. defeated UCSD last Friday in Los Angeles, 1-0, on a goal in the 40th minute.
2011 marks the debut season for San Francisco State in the CCAA South Division, as the Gators have been a part of the North Division since 1998. UCSD is 2-1-1 over its last four contests with SFSU. After starting the season with two shutouts against Dominican and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Gators tied Cal State Monterey Bay and dropped a 1-0 match against Cal Poly Pomona last week. In the latest NCAA Division II statistical rankings, SFSU is tied for 13th in goals against average, tied for 21st in shutout percentage and tied for 24th in saves percentage. The Tritons shutout the Gators last season, 2-0, on SFSU's home turf.
HOLD YOUR HORSES
Cal Poly Pomona enters this weekend's CCAA contests as the top squad in the South Division and is the only school to have won both of its first two conference matches. Goalkeeper Kris Minton stopped a late penalty kick to preserve CPP's 1-0 win over SFSU last Sunday and Luis Gonzalez accounted for two goals and an assist in CPP's 4-2 win over Cal State East Bay in its CCAA opener last Friday. UCSD is 2-2 against CPP over the two teams' last four contests, but the Tritons will be looking for revenge come this Sunday. It was CPP that caused UCSD to miss the CCAA Tournament by a single point in 2010; the Broncos took a 2-1 win over the Tritons on October 22, putting UCSD behind the eight-ball heading into last season's last weekend of play. Still, UCSD holds a 20-7-2 all-time advantage over CPP.