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UCSD Looks to End Regular Season on High Note
Release: Tuesday 10/25/2011 
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's soccer team will wrap up the regular season this week against San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona.

Match No. 17
UCSD (8-8-0, 7-7-0) vs. San Francisco State (5-9-2, 4-9-1)
Friday, October 28 - 4:30 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
Live Stats

Match No. 18
UCSD (8-8-0, 7-7-0) vs. Cal Poly Pomona (9-5-2, 8-4-2)
Sunday, October 30 - 12:00 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
Live Stats

Friday and Sunday's matches are the last home regular season contests for the Tritons. Be sure to catch UCSD before the season is done! Admission is free to all home contests.

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Although UCSD currently sits five points out of a playoff spot with 21 points, there is still an outside opportunity for the Tritons to earn the fourth and final seed for the CCAA Championships. UCSD needs to beat San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona, and hope that all of the following scenarios happen: a) Sonoma State ties Cal State Stanislaus and loses to Chico State, b) Cal State Stanislaus ties Sonoma State and loses to Humboldt State and c) Cal Poly Pomona loses to Cal State San Bernardino. If these scenarios happen, UCSD will earn the No. 4 seed with 27 total points, earning the bid in a tie breaker with Sonoma State. UCSD holds the advantage over the Seawolves due to Sunday's 2-1 double-overtime victory. The Tritons are not eligible for seeds No. 1-No. 3, as Chico State, Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills all have more points (29) than UCSD can reach by the end of the season.

Anyone who has watched the UCSD men's team in recent weeks can support the claim that the Tritons keep their fans on their toes. After coming into last weekend's matches on a four-match losing streak, UCSD rebounded for a pair of one-goal victories over Humboldt State and Sonoma State. On Friday against Humboldt, UCSD trailed 1-0 early and then 2-1 at the half, but responded with a pair of second half goals to take a 3-2 win over the Lumberjacks. Alec Arsht evened the score in the first half at 1-1 with a shot from seven yards out to beat the keeper. UCSD surrendered a penalty kick moments from the halftime whistle to take a one-goal deficit into the break. Kian Malek returned the favor 13 minutes into the second half, cracking a rocket from the top of the box into the side-netting to make it 2-2. Nine minutes later, Arsht finished a sitter from three yards out after Tsuk Haroush did brilliantly to play Arsht in front of the goal.

Junior forward Evan Walker scored in the 106th minute on Sunday against the CCAA North Division's top team, Sonoma State, to hand the Tritons a 2-1 victory over the Seawolves in double overtime. Walker slipped a pass from Andrew Keimach into the corner of the net for his second goal this year. Cory Wolfrom opened the scoring for UCSD five minutes into the second half by hitting the top right corner of the net from the left edge of the goal box. SSU evened the match at 1-1 20 minutes later as Taylor Varnadore punched-in a header from Justin Ferreira. On the ensuing celebration, SSU forward Jomed Tejan was red-carded for taunting, giving the Tritons a man-advantage the rest of the way. Walker hit the post on a header off a cross by Wolfrom and then missed wide early in the second overtime off Sam Ball's cross. Minutes later, Walker would get the touch he was looking for to hand the Tritons their second straight one-goal win.

San Francisco State enters Friday's match having lost seven of eight contests dating back to September 30. In the first match between the Tritons and Gators on September 16, Alex Portela converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute to hand UCSD a narrow 1-0 win in San Francisco. The story was different the last time out for UCSD against Cal Poly Pomona, however. CPP scored three unanswered goals in a 3-0 win over UCSD on September 18 in Pomona, as the Broncos doubled the Tritons in shots (20-10) and corner kicks (4-2). CPP is 0-2-1 over its last three contests.

13 of the Tritons' 16 matches this season have been decided by a single goal. UCSD is 7-6 in those contests ... Arsht has recorded six points over his last three matches ... Wolfrom has five points over his last three matches, including at least one point in each contest ... Haroush's assist on the third goal in the Tritons' 3-2 win over Humboldt State was his first assist since October 17, 2010 ... Sam Ball leads the team with 31 shots and 11 shots on goal in 2011 ... UCSD has not appeared at the CCAA Championships since 2005 ... The Tritons need one win in their last two matches to match their conference win total from 2010.

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