LA JOLLA, Calif. - Andrew Keimach broke a scoreless tie in the 70th minute and Kasra Sarabakhsh recorded a goal in the match's final moments, as the UC San Diego men's soccer team captured a 2-0 home victory Sunday against Cal Poly Pomona.
The Tritons, undefeated in the last two weekends of conference play, improve to 3-4-3 overall and 2-3-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. CPP drops to 5-4-1 overall and 3-4-1 within league action.
"It was a team effort today and the guys definitely deserved it," UCSD head coach Jon Pascale said. "We came out and beat a very good team and I couldn't be happier for the guys."
The Tritons and Broncos combined for 20 shots in the first half but both teams experienced some trouble landing the attempts on frame. In the opening period, UCSD put together one of its best chances at the 21:00 mark when David Bakal lifted a short bending cross to a charging Andisheh Bagheri on the right side of the box. Bagheri's header ended up just to the left of the net.
The Broncos' best scoring opportunity came about eight minutes into the second half, as Anthony Salcedo slid up the right side toward the box and sent a bending shot off the far post. The ball bounced away from danger and the score remained 0-0.
UCSD broke through at the 69:44 mark, when Keimach controlled the ball and dribbled it through the defense into the box. He then lined a hard shot to the left of Iles to give the Tritons a 1-0 lead.
In the 89th minute, UCSD found some breathing room after Sarabakhsh rivaled Keimach with some spectacular individual moves of his own. Taylor Wirth sent a pass into the deep right corner for Sarabakhsh, who made it past his defender on the baseline and sent a shot past the approaching Iles.
CPP ended the contest with a slight advantage in shots, 21-20, and the two keepers involved totaled two saves apiece. The Tritons' Jesse Brennan collected two stops en route to his fourth shutout of 2010.
Up next, UCSD will test its four-match undefeated streak with a road match at Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday.