UC San Diego to Kick Off Conference Play in Hayward and Seaside
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team will head north this week, beginning conference play against California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) rivals Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay.
vs. Cal State East Bay (2-3)
Friday, Sept. 27 – 7 p.m.
Pioneer Stadium – Hayward
vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (5-0)
Sunday, Sept. 29 – 2 p.m.
Otter Sports Complex – Seaside
The Tritons have historically had success against both of their upcoming opponents. Against Cal State East Bay, UC San Diego holds a 12-0-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Tritons had won the five previous matchups heading into last season, but the teams ultimately tied 0-0 at Triton Soccer Stadium on Sept. 16, 2018.
The Tritons are 9-2-4 against Cal State Monterey Bay throughout program history and have not lost to the Otters since 2006. Last season, UC San Diego snagged a 2-1 win at home on Sept. 14, 2018. Andy Sartor and Matt Merrill both recorded goals in the second half to put the Tritons on top.
Cal State Monterey Bay is off to a strong start, with a 5-0 record so far this season. The Otters have outscored their opponents 17-4. Senior duo Walmer Martinez and Luis Lopez have played a large role, contributing five goals apiece to top the CCAA leaderboard (also tied with Jimmie Villalobos of Cal Poly Pomona). In the net, it’s been a combined effort, as Daniel Lomeli and Rasmus Jonsson have split the majority of the playing time. Lomeli holds a 0.96 goals against average, while Jonsson’s stands at 0.69.
Cal State East Bay compiled a 2-3 record during nonconference play. After being shut out twice to start the season, the Pioneers righted the ship with a pair of wins over Texas - Permian Basin and Holy Names before most recently falling to Menlo College to close out nonconference action. Cal State East Bay’s scoring has been spread across the board, as seven different Pioneers have recorded goals. Goalkeeper Juan Diego Escalante has played the majority of the minutes in the net, with a 1.69 goals against average.
ATTENDING THE MATCHES
Pioneer Stadium is located at 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. General admission tickets are $10, with $5 admission for seniors (age 55+), students (with ID) and youth (12 and under). Children (2 and under) are free. Be advised that you must purchase a permit from an automated kiosk in order to park on campus.
Otter Sports Complex is located along Second Avenue between Inter-Garrison Road and Light Fighter Drive. General admission is $10, while youth tickets are $5. Be advised that you must purchase a permit from an automated kiosk in order to park on campus.
FOLLOW ALONG AT HOME
Live stats (Cal State East Bay) https://eastbaypioneers.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary
Live video (Cal State East Bay) https://portal.stretchinternet.com/eastbay/
Live stats (Cal State Monterey Bay) https://otterathletics.com/sidearmstats/msoc/summary
Live video (Cal State Monterey Bay) http://www.ccaanetwork.com/csumb/?B=131626
Please note that you must purchase access in order to watch the match at Monterey Bay.
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. Cal State Monterey Bay was selected to finish 10th, while Cal State East Bay was picked to finish last.
The poll was released on August 19. View the full poll here.
Following its two contests, UC San Diego will return home. The Tritons will begin start a seven-game homestand at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4, playing host to Cal Poly Pomona.
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