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Midfielder Kian Malek and the Tritons have their sights set on a CCAA postseason berth in 2011.
Tritons Picked to Finish Fourth in CCAA Menís Soccer Coaches Poll
Release: Wednesday 08/17/2011 

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.

Defending 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.

Jon 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.

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