SEASIDE, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's soccer team collected its first win of 2010 on Friday, defeating Cal State Monterey Bay 1-0 in conference play. Shane Micheil registered the match's game-winning goal.
"We had a great first half," UCSD head coach Jon Pascale said. "The second half was wide open and we couldn't really get a hold of the ball easily. The guys did a great job in preventing Monterey from getting shots and I'm proud of how they grinded out this win today."
The Tritons, improving to 1-4-2 overall and 1-3-1 in league action, will look to carry their momentum into their next match - a Sunday 11:30 a.m. contest at San Francisco State. CSUMB drops to 0-5-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with Friday's loss.
Through the 90 minutes of play Friday, UCSD controlled much of the game's tempo. The Tritons outshot the Otters, 12-3, and earned seven corner kicks to CSUMB's three.
Micheil set the tone for UCSD's offense early, recording two shots in the match's first 10 minutes. He sent his third attempt into the back of the net at the 18:46 mark after receiving a cross from Brandon Yee. It marked the first lead obtained by the Tritons in 2010 and also the first points recorded by Micheil and Yee this season.
"Shane had a great game, especially in the first half," Pascale said. "He was probably the best player on the field in the first half - he found the ball a lot and made good passes. We pushed him a bit higher in the formation today and I think it paid off."
Trying to scrape together an equalizing score, the Otters exhibited a tough style of play as they recorded 14 fouls to UCSD's seven and registered two yellow cards while the Tritons didn't receive a single caution.
The UCSD defense escalated its pressure on the Otters' attack as the match progressed, with CSUMB failing to attempt a single shot between the 25:18 and 83:18 marks - 58 minutes of action.
Micheil led the Tritons in shots with four, while David Bakal took three attempts of his own.
UCSD goalkeeper Jesse Brennan earned his second-career shutout, needing just one save on the afternoon to accomplish that feat.
Sunday's opponent for the Tritons, SFSU, holds a 3-3-1 overall record to go along with a 1-3-1 CCAA mark. The Gators defeated Cal State East Bay 1-0 on Friday.