LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's soccer team will look to build on
its recent momentum this weekend with road matches against Cal State Dominguez
Hills and Cal State L.A.
The Tritons started the season 0-4-2 but have posted a 3-0-1 record in their
last four matches, while outscoring opponents 6-1 in that span. The two squads
hosting UCSD this weekend, CSUDH (5-2-1) and CSULA (5-3-0), stand at No. 2 and
No. 3 respectively in the conference's South Division. Sunday's win over Cal
Poly Pomona moved the Tritons into fourth place at 3-3-2 in the California Collegiate
The undefeated streak stretching across the past two weekends can be credited
to a more cohesive defensive effort, highlighted by the improved play of
goalkeeper Jesse Brennan, and timely goals from a variety of players. The
Tritons have recorded eight goals so far in 2010 and seven different members of
the squad have registered a score. Brennan, with 33 saves this season, has
allowed just one goal in the past six matches. Two of the defenders in front of
him, Jared Kukura and Alec Arsht, have played every minute of every 2010 match.
Andrew Keimach added to the drama of Sunday's rainy home match with CPP. The
contest remained scoreless until the 70th minute when Keimach controlled the
ball and dribbled it through the defense into the box. He then lined a hard
shot to the left of the Broncos' goalkeeper to give the Tritons a 1-0 lead. The
game marked Keimach's first career start and the goal turned out to be his
first career shot. In the end, UCSD walked away with a 2-0 victory.
This week, the Tritons will continue the string of South Division matchups with
tough tests against the Toros of CSUDH and the Golden Eagles of CSULA. Friday's
4:30 p.m. match against the Toros will be the 20th all-time meeting between
UCSD and CSUDH, with the Tritons 3-13-3 in the series.
After going undefeated
in its first four games out of the gates this season, the Toros have
experienced an up and down few weeks recently. CSUDH, 2-2 over the last two
weekends, features a balanced attack with senior Scott Locken leading the squad
in goals (5). Earlier this season in La Jolla, Locken knocked in the
game-winning goal during a 2-1 Toros' victory over the Tritons.
Kickoff for Sunday's match with the Golden Eagles is set for 11:30 a.m. UCSD
hosted CSULA on Sept. 10 and the two teams took a 0-0 score into halftime. An
unlucky own goal gave the Golden Eagles the lead and they added two late scores
to record a 3-0 road win.
The Tritons are 10-8-1 all-time against CSULA. The
Golden Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak this past Sunday with a 1-0
road win against Chico State. Currently, freshman defender Julian Ringhof leads CSULA with
three scores in 2010.
UCSD will return home to host 14th-ranked Chico State on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.