LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's
soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the California Collegiate
Athletic Association (CCAA) South Division following a poll of league coaches,
it was announced Wednesday morning.
conference champion No. 21 Sonoma State and Cal State Dominguez Hills were
picked to win their respective divisions and garnered 61 points apiece in the
poll. SSU was also picked to win the 2011 CCAA Tournament with five votes, with
No. 8 Chico State receiving three votes to win the postseason tournament.
The Tritons finished with 38 points in the poll, following CSUDH (61 points),
Cal Poly Pomona (52 points) and Cal State San Bernardino (40 points). Cal State
L.A. and San Francisco State rounded out the South Division in fifth and sixth
place with 37 and 15 points in the vote, respectively.
UCSD was one of nine teams to receive a vote in balloting for predicting CCAA
Tournament participants. The Tritons earned two votes, while SSU (11), CSUC (9), CSUDH (8), CPP
(8), Cal State Stanislaus (5), CSUSB (3) and CSULA (1) tallied the rest.
In 2010, UCSD finished fourth in the CCAA South with an 8-5-3 conference mark
and 27 points. The Tritons narrowly missed a shot at clinching a berth in the
conference tournament a year ago, but fell short by a single point to Cal Poly
Pomona for the final spot.
Pascale's squad is currently in the midst of tryouts, as the coaches will try
to whittle-down 32 players to a roster of 25 by the end of the week. For an
inside-scoop on tryouts for the men's soccer team, read junior midfielder Kian
Malek's entry Thursday afternoon on Fall Training Camp Extra 2011.
The Tritons will open the season on September 1 with a road contest at Cal
Baptist at 4:30 p.m. in Riverside. They will return to La Jolla on Saturday,
September 3 for their first home match, facing St. Martin's at 6:00 p.m. on
Triton Soccer Field.