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Andisheh Bagheri (20) and the Tritons will play at Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday.
UC San Diego Set for More South Division Showdowns this Weekend
Release: Tuesday 10/05/2010 

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 Athletic Association.

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.

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