LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego men's soccer team will open the 2011 campaign against Cal Baptist and Saint Martin's.
Match No. 1
UCSD (0-0) at Cal Baptist (0-0)
Thursday, Apr. 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Lancer Field - Riverside, Calif.
Match No. 2
UCSD (0-0) vs. St. Martin's (0-0)
Saturday, Apr. 3 - 6:00 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
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2011- A LOOK AHEAD
The Tritons have been picked to finish fourth in the CCAA South Division by a preseason poll of conference coaches after finishing fourth in the South in 2010. UCSD returns 17 letterwinners from last year's squad, including four starters. Most of the experience for UCSD in 2011 will come from its backline, where Gavin Lamming, Harris Rabin and Alec Arsht will hold down the fort along with Andrew Keimach. CCAA Second Teamer Jesse Brennan will be available between the pipes, in addition to Josh Cohen, who started the last five matches of the 2010 season in goal. Top-returning goal-scorer Kian Malek, who scored two goals in 2010, will combine in the Triton midfield with Andisheh Bagheri and Jordan Valenciano. Up top, Cal State Northridge-transfer Sam Ball, Evan Walker and Tsuk Haroush will provide the offensive pressure for UCSD. With six of their first seven matches on the road, the Tritons will be tested early in the season.
2010 - A LOOK BACK
The Tritons put together a respectable campaign in 2010, finishing with an 8-6-4 overall record and 8-5-3 mark in conference play. UCSD put together an eight-match unbeaten streak midway through the season and went undefeated at home in October. On October 15, the Tritons pulled-out a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over No. 14 Chico State at Triton Soccer Field. Moreover, the Tritons won five of their final seven matches and went unbeaten in eight of their last ten. Jared Kukura earned a litany of postseason awards in 2010, including Daktronics All-America Second Team and CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player award.
CAL THE BAPTIST
Thursday's contest will mark the first of the season as well for CBU, as the Lancers host the Tritons at 4:30 on Lancer Field. CBU returns seven starters from a 2010 squad that put together a 15-5 overall record and a 10-3 record at home. Loaded with seven seniors and seven juniors, Cal Baptist enters NCAA Division II Candidacy Year 2 and will be eligible for postseason conference competition for the first time at the DII level. Now members of the PacWest, CBU went 8-2-0 in NAIA's Golden State Athletic Conference , falling in the First Round of the NAIA postseason tournament.
SAINTS GO MARCHING IN... TO LA JOLLA
St. Martin's, a private university in Spokane, Wash., will come into La Jolla on Saturday evening for the Tritons' first home match of the season. The Saints, who went 7-11-0 in 2010, were picked to finish sixth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference by a poll of conference coaches earlier this summer. Saint Martin's, which won the GNAC title two years ago, slumped to 2-8 in conference play last season and lost three of its top four goal scorers from a year ago.