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Gavin Lamming (24) and the Tritons will challenge Cal State Monterey Bay at 3 p.m. Friday.
UC San Diego Aims to Reverse Momentum in Return to Northern California
Release: Thursday 09/23/2010 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - For the UC San Diego men's soccer team, the start of the 2010 season hasn't gone as planned. Nonetheless, plenty of schedule remains for the Tritons to reverse their fortunes and their next opportunity to gain ground in the conference standings is Friday's 3 p.m. match at Cal State Monterey Bay.

UCSD stands at 0-4-2 overall and 0-3-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, with two of the conference losses coming against South Division rivals ranked in the top-20 nationally. The Tritons' current four-match road swing started last weekend, with a 1-1 draw at Humboldt State and a 3-0 loss to Sonoma State.

Jared Kukura and Alec Arsht have played every minute of each match so far in 2010, leading the UCSD defensive effort. In the first halves of matches this season, the Tritons have allowed four goals and just five corner kicks to opponents. Second-half lapses occur more frequently though, with UCSD giving up seven scores in that period.

Jesse Brennan continues to field the starting goalkeeper position for the Tritons, maintaining a 1.71 goals against average while collecting 18 saves through the first six matches.

Friday's contest against the Otters will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two teams. UCSD is 2-2-2 against CSUMB in program history, with the Otters' last win against the Tritons taking place on Oct. 22, 2006. This season, CSUMB is also off to a winless start at 0-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the CCAA. Through their first five matches, opponents outscored the Otters 15-2 and outshot them 107-14. Unlike last weekend's rainy conditions in Northern California for the Tritons, Friday's forecast calls for sunshine in Seaside.

UCSD's last stop on the road trip will be an 11:30 a.m. match on Sunday with San Francisco State. The Gators are tied with CSUMB in the North Division at 0-3-1 in the league, paired with an overall record of 2-3-1. The Tritons owns a slight advantage in the all-time series with SFSU at 5-4-2. The Gators of 2010 are regularly in close matches and thanks in part to a 6-0 season-opening win over Menlo College, SFSU actually owns a 12-9 edge over its opponents in goals scored. Leading the way for the Gators is sophomore Sasha Chalak, who has played in all but 28 minutes of action this season and has a team-high four goals.

After wrapping up this weekend's play, UCSD will return home to host Cal State San Bernardino at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.

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