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Adam Zernik and the Tritons will challenge two South Division foes this weekend.
Tritons Host 16th-Ranked Cal State San Bernardino Friday as Standings Tighten
Release: Wednesday 09/29/2010 

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 earned (43).

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 CSUDH 1-0.

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 against CPP.

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