LA JOLLA, Calif. - Riding a two-match winning
streak and within striking distance of several South Division squads, the UC
San Diego men's soccer team will aim to build on its momentum in home contests
against Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona this weekend.
The Tritons started their conference season 0-3-1 but have since picked up road
wins against Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State, pushing their California
Collegiate Athletic Association mark close to .500. UCSD will host 16th-ranked
Cal State San Bernardino (4-2 CCAA) on Friday, with kickoff set for 4:30 p.m.
Sunday's opponent, Cal Poly Pomona (3-3), sits just two points ahead of the
Tritons in the standings.
In the 1-0 win against CSUMB Friday and the 2-0 victory over SFSU Sunday, UCSD
goalkeeper Jesse Brennan collected his second and third shutouts of the season.
After registering a career-high six saves against the Gators to conclude a
successful couple of days, Brennan earned Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week honors
in a conference announcement Tuesday.
Shane Micheil helped the Tritons find an offensive balance last week, recording
three points that included the match's lone score on Friday against the Otters.
Micheil is one of five UCSD players that have logged goals so far in 2010. With
regard to conference ranks, the Tritons are currently fourth in corner kicks
The Coyotes of CSUSB enter Friday's match in La Jolla with a three-game winning
streak, all of which came against ranked opponents. CSUSB knocked off No. 20
Chico State on Sept. 19, followed by home victories last weekend over
9th-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills and 1st-ranked Cal State Los Angeles.
Coyotes' senior Obi Agwu is tied for the conference lead in points (15), having
netted six goals and three assists so far. UCSD will be looking to even the
all-time series, as CSUSB holds a 15-14-4 advantage. The Coyotes have won the
previous four meetings between the two teams.
Sunday's visitors, the Broncos of CPP, also knocked off top-ranked CSULA this
past weekend. CPP defeated the Golden Eagles, 2-0, in front of 801 fans Friday
night. The Broncos couldn't carry the momentum to Sunday though, as CPP fell to
Broncos' junior forward Luis Gonzalez is tied with Agwu in the CCAA points race,
after also tallying six goals and three assists in the season's first seven
matches. Currently, the Tritons hold a 19-6-2 lead in the all-time series