LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego men's soccer team will open California Collegiate Athletic Association play with two road contests this week at Cal State L.A. and Cal State San Bernardino.
Match No. 3
UCSD (1-1) at Cal State L.A. (2-0)
Friday, September 9 - 4:30 p.m.
Jesse Owens Stadium - Los Angeles, Calif.
Match No. 4
UCSD (1-1) at Cal State San Bernardino (0-0)
Sunday, September 11 - 11:30 a.m
Coyote Premier Field - San Bernardino, Calif.
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WHEN WILL YOU BE HOME?
UCSD's six of first seven matches of 2011 are on the road, but the Tritons will host their first home match of the season on Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 p.m. against Cal State San Bernardino. The match will be the second leg of a doubleheader and will be after by the women's game vs. CSUSB at noon. Both matches will have a live video stream available at UCSDTritons.com.
DEAD BALL BLUES FOR BAPTIST
UCSD opened the season on a high note last Thursday, taking down Cal Baptist 2-1 on goals set up by a pair of set pieces. Defender Gavin Lamming opened the season scoring for the Tritons, toe-poking home a goal off a Triton corner kick in the 31st minute. The Lancers tied the match moments later on a penalty kick after Lamming was called for an over-aggressive challenge in the box. However, Kian Malek drew a foul in the 44th minute, allowing junior Adam Zernik to curl in a free kick from 22 yards out to give the Tritons their final one-goal edge. The Tritons were out-shot by the Lancers, 15-12, but sophomore Josh Cohen made the necessary stops, saving a pair of CBU shots on the afternoon.
PUTTIN' THE AIN'T IN SAINT
The Tritons could not come through in their Saturday night battle against the Saints of St. Martin, as SMU downed UCSD 1-0 at Triton Soccer Field. Despite outshooting the Saints 16-9 and doubling SMU's corner kick total, UCSD fell due to a Saints' goal off a rebound in the 83rd minute. The win helped SMU (1-1) avenge a 6-0 loss to Cal State L.A. earlier in the week.
Opponents appear to not know where they are when facing Cal State L.A. so far in 2011, as the Golden Eagles have outscored its two opponents 9-0 over their first two matches. Last Friday, CSULA pounded St. Martin's 6-0 before taking a 3-0 win from Colorado Mesa on Sunday. Forward Antti Arvola was awarded the CCAA Player of the Week award for his performance last week, tallying a goal and an assist against SMU before providing the game-winner against Colorado Mesa. CSULA finished fourth in the CCAA South a year ago, two points behind UCSD with an 8-7-1 conference mark. The Tritons and Golden Eagles split the season series in 2010, with each team winning on the other's home field. UCSD is 11-7-2 all-time against CSULA.
Cal State San Bernardino took home the CCAA South title in 2010, finishing with an 11-4-1 conference mark and 34 total points. The Coyotes haven't played an official match yet in 2011, but were picked to finish third in the CCAA South Division by a preseason poll of conference coaches. UCSD is 14-16-5 all-time against CSUSB but is 0-5-1 against the Coyotes in the teams' last six contests. The Tritons last beat the Coyotes on October 30, 2007, 2-1.