LA JOLLA, Calif. - If the 2009 meetings between UC San Diego
and Cal State L.A. were any indication, this Friday's 7 p.m. match between the
Tritons and Golden Eagles should be an exciting one.
CSULA defeated UCSD 1-0 on both occasions last year but the two contests proved to be well-contested and hard-fought. With the Golden Eagles entering this weekend as
the No. 2-ranked team at the Division II level, the Tritons will certainly have
a tough assignment as California Collegiate Athletic Association play gets
UCSD holds a 0-1-1 record through the early going after a season-opening draw
against Dominican followed by a 2-0 loss to Notre Dame de Namur. CSULA only has
one match under its belt in 2010, a 1-0 victory at home over Biola. The Golden
Eagles are welcoming back four defenders with starting experience, led by
All-CCAA Second Team honoree Simon Volk.
The Tritons have exhibited a strong defense as well, with San Diego native
Jared Kukura leading the back line. Joining Kukura in the mission to slow down
the opposition's attack has been a trio of youngsters, freshmen Alec Arsht and
Gavin Lamming along with sophomore Harris Rabin. Goalkeeper Jesse Brennan
earned his first collegiate minutes last week for the Tritons and performed
In the season's first two matches, UCSD outshot its opponents 39-17 while
earning 11 corner kicks to the opposition's six.
Another South Division rival visits La Jolla on Sunday, with the No. 19 Cal
State Dominguez Hills squad set to challenge UCSD at 2:30 p.m. The Toros are
1-0-1 in the 2010 season, with a 3-1 win over Concordia and a 1-1 draw with
Vanguard. Last season, CSUDH was crowned CCAA and West Region champions.
The Tritons have played the Golden Eagles and Toros a combined 36 times, with
UCSD going 10-7-1 against CSULA and 3-12-3 versus CSUDH.