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The Tritons begin their season Sept. 2 with a home match against Dominican.
CCAA Preseason Poll Features UC San Diego at Fifth Position in South Division
Release: Tuesday 08/17/2010 

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - After the start of preseason arrived Monday with two-a-day practices, the UC San Diego men's soccer team received a bit of added motivation a day later. In the California Collegiate Athletic Association preseason coaches' poll released Tuesday, the Tritons are featured at the No. 5 spot in the conference's South Division.

The league coaches selected Sonoma State and defending conference champion Cal State Dominguez Hills as favorites to win their respective divisions in the upcoming CCAA season. UCSD ended 2009 with a 7-9-4 overall record while going 4-9-3 in conference play. Eighteen of the team's 20 matches were decided by one score or concluded in a draw.

The Tritons begin their 2010 campaign on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m., with a non-conference home match against Dominican. UCSD is returning seven of its 11 starters and 14 of its 23 letterwinners.

Although the squad's final roster has yet to be finalized, third-year head coach Jon Pascale is expecting the Triton newcomers to step right in and contribute.

The start of UCSD's conference slate features a pair of marquee matchups, with Cal State L.A. and CSUDH traveling to La Jolla for the league's opening weekend Sept. 10 and Sept. 12.

2010 CCAA Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank - School (First-Place Votes)
1. Sonoma State (10)
2. Cal State Stanislaus (1)
3. Chico State (1)
4. Humboldt State
T5. Cal State Monterey Bay
T5. San Francisco State

1. Cal State Dominguez Hills (6)
2. Cal State San Bernardino (4)
3. Cal State L.A. (1)
4. Cal Poly Pomona (1)
5. UC San Diego
6. Cal State East Bay

Conference Tournament Participants
1. Sonoma State (10)
2. Cal State Dominguez Hills (9)
3. Cal State San Bernardino (8)
T4. Cal State L.A.
T4. Cal State Stanislaus (6)
T6. Cal Poly Pomona (4)
T6. Chico State (4)
8. Humboldt State (1)

CCAA Tournament Champion (Votes)
1. Sonoma State (6)
2. Cal State Dominguez Hills (3)
3. Cal Poly Pomona (2)
4. Cal State Stanislaus (1)

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