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Tritons Look to Continue Early Success When Hosting Biola

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team continues its six-game homestand on Saturday, playing host to Biola University on Saturday night. The Tritons enter the matchup with a 3-0 record.

DETAILS 

vs. Biola (1-2)

Saturday, Sept. 14 – 7 p.m.

Triton Soccer Stadium – La Jolla 

COACH’S THOUGHTS 

“Biola is always really well-coached,” said Head Coach Jon Pascale. “They’re a very organized, disciplined, hardworking group with a very talented forward. I think they’re going to give us a different look than we’ve seen so far this season and we’re going to have to be sharp to make sure we’re getting the result.”

HISTORY 

The Tritons and Eagles have faced off 22 times in the past, with UC San Diego holding a 13-7-2 advantage in the all-time series. The last time the two teams met was in the Tritons’ season opener on August 30, 2018. Max Gonda scored his first career goal and Pedro Encisco collected a shutout as the Tritons captured a 1-0 victory. That was the second-straight year the Tritons and Eagles faced off in their season opener, as they previously played to a 0-0 tie on August 31, 2017. 

EARLY SUCCESS 

The Tritons are off to a 3-0 start in 2019 and have outscored their opponents, 10-0. Pedro Enciso has collected three clean sheets and recorded seven saves, playing all 270 minutes of the contests. 

REIGNING ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Brett Jones scored in both of the Tritons’ opening-week wins over Concordia Irvine and then-No. 25 Fresno Pacific. The junior led the team with 11 shots across the two matches, five of which were on-goal. For his efforts, Jones was named a UC San Diego Athlete of the Week on Sept. 9.

ATTENDING THE MATCH 

All regular-season matches at Triton Soccer Stadium are free to attend. Be advised that a parking permit must be purchased when parking on campus from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays. Permits can be purchased at meters located in parking lots and garages. For the latest UC San Diego parking regulations, click here.

FOLLOW ALONG AT HOME 

Free live video: https://s.ucsdtritons.com/watch/

Free live stats: http://s.ucsdtritons.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary

WHAT’S NEXT

The Tritons’ homestand continues as they get ready to welcome crosstown rival Point Loma Nazarene on Thursday. The two teams will square off at 7 p.m. at Triton Soccer Stadium. UC San Diego holds a 21-4-1 record in the all-time series. 

LAST TIME OUT

UC San Diego is coming off of a 3-0 win over Bethesda, facing the Flames for the first time in program history. Alessandro Allen and Cooper Lachenbruch recorded their first collegiate goals in the match, while Nick Cirrito contributed the remaining Triton goal. In the net, Pedro Enciso made five saves during the shutout. 

FOLLOW THE TRITONS

Keep up with the Tritons all season long on social media through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The team’s handle is @ucsdmsoc.

POLL

UC San Diego was ranked third in the 2019 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) men’s soccer preseason coaches poll, as voted on by the conference’s 13 head coaches. The poll was released on August 19. View the full poll here.

With 88 points, Biola was picked to finish sixth out of the 12 PacWest competitors. View the full poll here

BIG WEST BOUND 

UC San Diego is in its 20th and final year playing as an NCAA Division II team. In July of 2020, the entire athletics program will begin a four-year transition to NCAA Division I, culminating in full DI status as a member of the Big West Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. At that time, all sports will be eligible for conference and NCAA postseason play.

GEAR

For the latest Triton apparel and accessories, visit the official team store of the Tritons here.

 

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.

Follow The Tritons
For complete coverage and information regarding UC San Diego Athletics, follow the Tritons online at UCSDtritons.com and through social media on Twitter (@ucsdtritons), Instagram (@ucsdtritons) and Facebook (ucsdtritons).

 

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