LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The UC San Diego men's soccer team will travel to Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus this weekend for California Collegiate Athletic Association play.
Match No. 11
UCSD (6-4-0, 5-3-0) vs. Chico State (5-2-3, 4-2-2)
Friday, October 7 - 4:30 p.m.
University Soccer Stadium - Chico, Calif.
Match No. 12
UCSD (6-4-0, 5-3-0) vs. Cal State Stanislaus (6-3-1, 4-3-1)
Sunday, October 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Warrior Stadium - Turlock, Calif.
SIX-MATCH HOMESTAND AHEAD
UCSD's trip to Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus this weekend will be the last road trip for the Tritons during the regular season. The team will return to Triton Soccer Field on October 14 to face Cal State L.A. at 4:30 p.m. and then will play every Sunday and Friday at home through October 30. UCSD is 3-1 at home this season and 3-3 on the road.
WILDCATS ON THE LOOSE
Chico State currently sits in second place in the CCAA North with 14 points and a 4-2-2 conference mark, one point behind Sonoma State (5-3-0, 15 points). CSUC is 4-1-3 over its last seven matches and is coming off a 2-0 win over Humboldt State on Sunday, October 2. Forward Ferid Celosmanovic has scored six times and leads the conference with 40 shots. Octavio Guzman has contributed five goals. In the 2010 edition of UCSD-CSUC at Triton Soccer Field on October 15, the Tritons upset the 14th-ranked Wildcats 3-2. Celosmanovic scored his second goal of the game to give CSUC a 2-1 lead with 2:30 left, but David Bakal responded with a header in the 89th minute to force overtime. Then, in the 99th minute, Jared Kukura pounded-home a rebound off a free kick to give the Tritons the upset win via golden goal. UCSD is 8-4-1 all-time against Chico State and is 3-0-1 against the Wildcats since 2007.
WARRIORS ON THE RISE
Cal State Stanislaus is in third place in the CCAA North with 13 points and a 4-3-1 conference mark. The Warriors will be flying high due to their big win last Sunday, a 4-3 come-from-behind win over first-place Sonoma State. SSU jumped out to a three-goal lead after the first 15 minutes of the match, but a pair of goals and an assist by Jose Velasquez helped CSUS pull even by the 79th minute, 3-3. Then, Daniel Kuczynski scored off a long throw-in in the 85th minute to make it four unanswered goals. CSUS is 3-1-1 over its last five contests. UCSD holds an 11-3-2 all-time advantage in the series between the teams, but CSUS has won two of the last four clashes. The Tritons beat the Warriors in the 2010 affair on October 17 at Triton Soccer Field, 2-0.
THIRD IS THE WORD
The Tritons remain in third place in the CCAA South with 15 points, one point out of first place, after a pair of wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay last weekend. Alex Portela scored the match's only goal against CSUMB on Friday, September 30, firing-in a goal to the short post through an inexperienced goalkeeper's hands. Three Tritons scored their first goals of the season in UCSD's 3-0 win over Cal State East Bay on Sunday. Sam Ball opened the scoring less than a minute in and Kian Malek made it 2-0 on a rebound in the 30th minute. Evan Walker scored the final goal of the match in the 58th minute, finishing a one-on-one off a perfectly placed through-ball from Jacob Valadez. Alec Arsht and Cory Wolfrom registered an assist in both matches. UCSD has won three consecutive matches and has not surrendered a goal in the last 282 minutes played.
SINCE WE'RE ON THE TOPIC
The Tritons are 3-0 at home in conference matches this season ... Jesse Brennan is 3-1-0 since taking over the starting goalkeeper role on September 23 ... Brennan leads the CCAA with a .941 save percentage ... The Tritons' 15 points in conference play are tied with the CCAA North's top team, Sonoma State. However, UCSD is tied for third with Cal State L.A. (4-1-3, 15 points) in the CCAA South behind Cal State Dominguez Hills (5-2-1, 16 points) and Cal Poly Pomona (5-2-1, 16 points) ... Portela leads the Tritons with three goals while Wolfrom leads UCSD with three assists ... Valadez's assist was the first point of his Triton career ... Six of UCSD's 10 goals this season have come in the second half ... Against CSUEB on Sunday, UCSD set season highs for goals (3), assists (5), shots (19), shots on goal (9), points (11), saves (6) and subs used (10).
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