Tritons Host First Home CCAA Contests During Weekend Packed with Activities
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team is set for its conference home opener, hosting Cal Poly Pomona and then Cal State San Bernardino.
vs. Cal Poly Pomona (2-3-1, 1-0 CCAA)
Friday, Oct. 4 – 7 p.m.
Triton Soccer Stadium – La Jolla
vs. No. 18 Cal State San Bernardino (3-1-1, 0-1 CCAA)
Sunday, Oct. 6 – 2 p.m.
Triton Soccer Stadium – La Jolla
ATTENDING THE MATCHES
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.
The Tritons lead in their all-time series with both conference foes. Against Cal Poly Pomona, UC San Diego holds a 29-10-2 overall record, and is 1-0 in the only postseason matchup between the two teams. The last time the two teams met, UC San Diego fell 2-0 in Pomona on Oct. 14, 2018.
Against CSUSB, the Tritons have a 23-17-7 advantage in the all-time series, and are 2-1 in postseason contests. In the most recent matchup between the two teams, UC San Diego came away with a 1-0 win on Oct. 12, 2018. Jeff Powers provided the Triton goal, while goalkeeper Pedro Enciso picked up a clean sheet.
SPECIAL EVENTS ALL WEEKEND LONG
Friday’s contest will be a Think Pink game, as the Tritons recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Community partner Susan G. Komen will be tabling on Ridgewalk.
Friday is also International Night. UC San Diego is celebrating its international students, who are encouraged to come share their traditions as fans during the match.
Lastly, Friday is the final contest of the Triton Trifecta, and the first 100 students in attendance will receive free thunderstick noisemakers. Fans who also attended the previous two trifecta competitions will be entered to win a bike, with the winner announced at halftime.
On Sunday, the Tritons will host Youth Soccer Day. All children in attendance are invited to attend a coloring activity prior to the match.
After starting the season 0-3-1, the Broncos have bounced back by winning their past two contests, including a win over then-No. 15 CSUSB. Jimmie Villalobos has been a force to be reckoned with, ranking second in the conference in both goals (6) and points (12). Goalkeeping has been an area of struggle for the Broncos though. After losing last year’s senior goalkeeper Jakob Hansen, the team has split time between goalies Taylor Chaplin, Miguel Bayma, and Jordan Aldama, with Chaplin and Bayma handling the bulk of the work.
CSUSB came away from nonconference play with an unbeaten 3-0-1 record, but most recently fell to the Broncos, 3-2, to open CCAA action. The Coyotes have outscored their opponents 11-5 so far this season, and it has been a team effort. Six different Coyotes have recorded goals this season, while eight have earned assists. Senior Jacob Huber has started every game in the Coyote net, recording a 0.99 goals against average and collecting 12 saves.
Prior to facing UC San Diego, CSUSB will take on Cal State San Marcos at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4.
RANKED OPPONENTS… WATCH OUT!
The Tritons are at their best when playing nationally-ranked opponents. UC San Diego has beaten all of the ranked opponents its faced during the regular season since 2016.
In 2016, the Tritons topped No. 12 Cal State LA (1-0) and No. 18 Cal Poly Pomona (2-1). The next year, UC San Diego beat No. 19 Cal State Dominguez Hills (2-1) and No. 17 Cal Poly Pomona (2-1, OT).
Last season, the Tritons defeated No. 19 Cal State San Marcos (3-2, OT) and No. 9 Cal State LA (1-0). So far in 2019, UC San Diego captured a victory over No. 25 Fresno Pacific (2-0).
FOLLOW ALONG AT HOME
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UC San Diego is one of just two teams to start conference play at 2-0, with the other being No. 5 Cal State LA. Last weekend, Cal Poly Pomona and No. 18 Cal State San Bernardino faced each other to begin CCAA action, with Cal Poly Pomona winning 3-2.
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Brett Jones was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 23-29. Jones recorded two game-winning goals as the Tritons started off conference play 2-0 on the road. The weekly honor was his second of his career.
The homestand continues next week, as the Tritons host Humboldt State at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and San Francisco State at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 13.
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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.
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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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