RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
Zernik converted a free kick just a minute before halftime to provide
the difference in the UC San Diego men's soccer team's 2-1 win over Cal
Baptist in the first action of the season on Thursday evening in
Lamming opened the scoring for the Tritons, punching home a goal off a
corner kick in the 31st minute. However, UCSD (1-0) would surrender a
penalty kick less than a two minutes later, allowing Willie Rupert to
convert and make it 1-1.
nearly responded on its next possession, but CBU goalkeeper Joey
Pacheco blocked consecutive shots from Tsuk Haroush
and Elan Gefen
keep it tied. Minutes later, Triton net-minder Josh Cohen
was called to
task, saving a header from Tyler Garrison.
The Tritons earned a free kick when Kian Malek was fouled off the left edge of the box, about 22 yards out. Zernik struck the dead ball with a right boot, curling a shot far-post to beat Pacheco and make it 2-1 just before the break.
(0-1) out-shot the Tritons in the second half, 6-5, but only 16 percent
of the Lancers' 15 shots during the match were on frame. Conversely,
the Tritons were able to pressure the Lancer goal by striking five of
their 12 shots on-frame.
Cohen was forced to make only two saves thanks to a strong effort from the Triton back line.
UCSD looks to stay undefeated as the team takes on St. Martin's, Saturday at 6:00 p.m. on Triton Soccer Field.