No. 1 Tritons Head North to Begin Conference Play During Final Year in CCAA
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 1 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team enters conference play this week, traveling to Hayward and Seaside to take on a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opponents.
vs. Cal State East Bay (1-3-2)
Friday, Sept. 27 – 4:30 p.m.
Pioneer Stadium – Hayward
vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (5-0-1)
Sunday, Sept. 29 – 11:30 a.m.
Otter Sports Complex – Seaside
The Tritons have historically had success against both of their upcoming CCAA opponents. Against the Pioneers, the Tritons hold a 10-1-1 record. The two teams most recently met at Triton Soccer Stadium last season, as UC San Diego was victorious on Sept. 16, 2018. Mia Bonifazi and Mary Reilly each recorded a goal in the 2-1 win.
The Tritons have performed even better against the Otters, with a 14-0-1 all-time mark. Last year, when the teams met on Sept. 14, 2018, UC San Diego cruised to a 6-1 win. Reilly had an explosive night, netting four goals, while Megumi Barber and Alexis Kirson finished off the scoring.
Cal State Monterey Bay has gotten off to a hot start, with a 5-0-1 record to begin the season. The Otters’ workload has not been easy though, as four of their contests have gone into overtime, with three of those four reaching double overtime. Lia Kilgore, a transfer from Chico State, leads the team in goals (3) and points (7). In the net, junior Alyssa Noh has started all six games, compiling a 0.45 goals against average.
On the other hand, Cal State East Bay has struggled during the nonconference portion of its schedule. The Pioneers have been shut out three times as they hold a 1-3-2 record. Junior Lauren McDougal has been a highlight so far for the Pioneers, as her four goals top the conference leaderboard (tied with Katelyn Patterson of San Francisco State and Taylor Scott of Cal Poly Pomona).
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/wsoc/summary
Live video (Cal State East Bay) https://portal.stretchinternet.com/eastbay/
Live stats (Cal State Monterey Bay) https://otterathletics.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/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.
Head Coach Kristin Jones was featured on the latest United Soccer Coaches Podcast. Listen to her interview here.
UC San Diego was ranked first in the latest United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, which was released on Sept. 24. This was the second-straight weekend the Tritons have topped the rankings. View the full poll results here.
Following their matchups up north, the Tritons will return home to Triton Soccer Stadium to continue conference play. UC San Diego will begin its seven-game homestand by hosting Cal Poly Pomona at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.
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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.
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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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