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Taylor Wirth and the Tritons are looking to move up in the CCAA South with a pair of matches against conference bottom-dwellers on the docket.
UCSD Faces CSUDH in Home Depot Center, Will Host CSUSB Sunday
Release: Wednesday 09/21/2011 
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's soccer team will face Cal State Dominguez Hills at the Home Depot Center Main Stadium on Friday before returning home on Sunday to host Cal State San Bernardino at Triton Soccer Field.

Match No. 7
UCSD (3-3, 2-2) at Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-2-1, 1-2-1)
Friday, September 23 - 7:00 p.m.
Home Depot Center Main Stadium - Carson, Calif.
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Match No. 8
UCSD (3-3, 2-2) vs. Cal State San Bernardino (1-3, 1-3)
Sunday, September 25 - 2:30 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
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The Tritons will host their second 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 the women's soccer game vs. CSUSB at noon. UCSD will also be celebrating the Triton Soccer Kickoff , a 10-event competition between participating youth soccer clubs in the San Diego area. With a specific point system per event, the club that compiles the most overall points will win the perpetual trophy that it can keep in its trophy case for the next year. Competitions include: a four-person dribbling relay, two-person juggling, target shooting, individual headers, individual juggling and many more. For more information on how to sign-up, click here.

UCSD and Cal State Dominguez Hills will face off at the Home Depot Center Main Stadium on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. The 27,000-seat Home Depot Center is the home venue for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA, and has played host to numerous international matches as well as competitions for the United States Men's and Women's National Teams. Triton fans can watch the match free of charge with no registration required, courtesy of AEG and the HDC. Both matches will be nationally televised live on the Toro Sports Network. Coverage begins about 4:05 p.m. before the UCSD-CSUDH women's game at 4:30 p.m. and again around 6:45 p.m. prior to the men's contest at 7:00 o'clock.

UCSD enters the weekend in third place in the CCAA South with a .500 conference record after splitting last weekend's contests. Alex Portela to converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute to give the Tritons a 1-0 win over San Francisco State. Two days later, the long weekend of travel and a hot playing environment caught up with UCSD, as Cal Poly Pomona handed the Tritons a stiff 3-0 loss in Pomona. Interestingly, UCSD has won all of its matches via plays from a dead ball and has lost all of its matches in shutout fashion this season. CPP leads the CCAA South with nine points while No. 7 Cal State L.A. is in second with eight points. UCSD currently has six points while SFSU and CSUDH are tied for fourth place with four points apiece. CSUSB rounds out the table in sixth place with three points.

Originally picked to finish first in the CCAA Preseason Coaches Poll, CSUDH finds itself tied for fourth place in the CCAA South after a pair of consecutive home shutout losses to Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus. CSUC beat CSUDH 5-0 last Friday evening before the Warriors took down the Toros 1-0 on Sunday. CSUDH's lone conference win came against last-place CSUSB on Sept. 9. UCSD and CSUSB have already clashed this season; the Tritons rallied for two goals in the second half to take a 2-1 win from the Coyotes on Sept. 11. Portela finished a cross from Evan Walker early in the second half and Jordan Valenciano scored off a free kick four minutes later to seal the win. UCSD is a combined 18-29-9 against CSUSB and CSUDH all-time. UCSD hasn't beaten CSUDH since September 12, 2006.

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