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Jared Kukura evened the match at 1-1 in the 77th minute, sending a header past the HSU keeper.
UC San Diego Plays to 1-1 Draw with Humboldt State as Kukura Nets Career Goal No. 5
Release: Wednesday 09/17/2010 
by UCSD
ARCATA, Calif. - With both teams searching for stronger footing in the conference points race, UC San Diego and Humboldt State entered Friday's contest with a victory on the mind. The squads settled for a 1-1 draw, but the match gave fans plenty of excitement as leaders from both sides of the pitch stepped up in key moments.

The Tritons now stand at 0-3-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.. HSU holds a 1-2-2 overall mark while going 1-1-1 during league play.

The Lumberjacks broke through for the match's first goal with a successful penalty kick in the 76th minute, sent to the back of the net by HSU co-captain Josh Suggs. Just 70 seconds later, a header from UCSD co-captain Jared Kukura evened the match at 1-1.

"Another gutty performance from Jared," Tritons' head coach Jon Pascale said. "He hasn't been feeling well on the road trip but he was spot on pretty much all night with his play. Aside from his goal, he had two other really good chances off set pieces. When he got his score, he couldn't have placed it any better as he put it in the upper 90. You know you always have a chance off set pieces with him in there."

HSU defender Ray Lind and goalkeeper Kyle Verle both received red cards late in the contest, at the 107:31 and 109:21 marks respectively, but UCSD failed to tally a shot beyond the 104th minute. Between the two overtime periods, the Tritons and Lumberjacks collected two shots each. None of the four attempts made it past a goalkeeper though and the score stayed 0-0 up to the final whistle.

The Tritons put plenty of pressure on the Lumberjacks' defense early in Friday's match, as UCSD registered seven shots before HSU was able to record its first. Despite the Tritons leading the Lumberjacks 11-2 in shots at the end of the first half, the match remained 1-1 in goals scored.

HSU reversed both trends, as the hosts ended up outshooting UCSD 9-6 in the second period. With the Tritons committing a foul in their own box at the 75:12 mark, the Lumberjacks earned the resulting penalty kick. Suggs converted the chance, recording his second goal of the season.

The UCSD offense rallied to tie the match at 76:22, when Adam Zernik connected with Kukura on a free kick from 40 yards out and Kukura sent a header past Verle. The assist from Zernik marked his first point as a Triton, while the score was No. 5 of Kukura's career.

UCSD played much more disciplined than the hosts, as the Tritons recorded just 17 fouls to the Lumberjacks' 31. HSU drew seven yellow cards and the two red cards, while UCSD did not receive a single caution.

Verle and Tritons' netminder Jesse Brennan each collected three saves during the 110 minutes of action. UCSD is now 3-0-3 all-time against the Lumberjacks.

Next up for the Tritons will be a 2 p.m. match on Sunday at Sonoma State.

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