LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's soccer team starts
a six-match home stand to end the regular season with two matches this week
against No. 13 Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
UCSD (6-6-0, 5-5-0) vs. No. 13 Cal State L.A. (7-1-4, 5-1-4)
Friday, October 14, 2011 - 4:30 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
UCSD (6-6-0, 5-5-0) vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (8-3-1, 6-3-1)
Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 12:00 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
DID YOU KNOW?
Admission is FREE to all home matches. And, the Tritons play
their final six matches at home, starting Friday against Cal State L.A.
UCSD FACES A FIRST
The Tritons will welcome their first ranked opponent this season to Triton
Soccer Field on Friday afternoon. No. 13 Cal State L.A. comes into the contest
in second place in the CCAA South after a tie and a win on the road last
weekend. CSULA surrendered a late penalty kick goal against Sonoma State on
Friday and had to settle for a 1-1 tie in Santa Rosa. The Golden Eagles then
left nothing to chance on Sunday when they scored three times in the first half
and went on to a 5-1 win over Humboldt State in Arcata. After a one-week
absence from the Top 25, the Golden Eagles re-entered the poll this week. CSULA
has been ranked as high as seventh in the nation this season and is currently
the only CCAA squad to be mentioned in the national rankings. CSULA defeated
UCSD 1-0 in the teams' CCAA opener on September 9 at Jesse Owens Stadium.
Cal State Dominguez Hills had a five-match winning streak snapped on Sunday at
Sonoma State as the Seawolves scored with less than a minute left to take a 2-1
win. The loss dropped CSUDH out of a tie for first place in the CCAA South.
Last Friday, the Toros scored the game-winner in the 66th minute in
a 2-1 win over Humboldt State.
UCSD and CSUDH faced-off at the Home Depot Center Main Stadium on
September 23. The Toros scored in the 28th minute and the CSUDH
defense cleared a ball off its own goal line with moments remaining to preserve
a 1-0 edge.
WHAT ARE WE PLAYING FOUR?
UCSD had it's three-match win streak snapped on its last road trip of the
regular season last weekend, falling 2-1 to both Chico State and Cal State
Stanislaus on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Tritons enter their upcoming
matches against CSULA and CSUDH in fourth place with 15 points in the CCAA South, four points out of second place. The Golden Eagles and
Toros are tied for second with 19 points apiece, so this weekend is a prime
opportunity for the Tritons to make up ground. Cal Poly Pomona stands in first
with 22 points (7-2-1 CCAA, 8-3-1 overall). To earn a CCAA Tournament berth,
UCSD will need to either win the South Division or be one of the top-four teams in the entire conference in terms of points
won in conference play. Currently, UCSD has the eighth-most points in the CCAA,
four points behind a would-be fourth seed.
Last Friday, Chico State opened the scoring in the 33rd minute off one of the
team's 12 corner kicks. The Tritons would pull even in the 60th minute when Sam
Ball scored his second goal in as many matches by one-timing a through ball
from Cory Wolfrom. The Wildcats notched the game-winner five minutes later when
Chris Akwaja collected the ball near midfield, got around a defender, and then
quickly cracked a shot into the side-netting from in directly in front of goal.
CSUC is currently in third place in the CCAA North with 17 points.
CAN'T STAND THIS LAUS
UCSD went to overtime for the first time this season at Cal State Stanislaus on
Sunday afternoon and fell victim to a goal just two minutes from full time.
CSUS led 1-0 at halftime, but the Tritons pulled level when Alex Portela
converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute. After the teams
deadlocked through 90 minutes, UCSD squandered a point-blank shot in the first OT
and Ball smacked a ball off the inside of the post five minutes into the second
OT. The Warriors ended it three minutes later as CSUS's Austin Schwalbach
finished a shot to Jesse Brennan's right to end the match. The win pulled CSUS
into a tie for first place in the CCAA North.
Between September 25 and October 7, Wolfrom recorded at
least a point in four straight matches and registered five total points (three
assists, goal) in the same span of time ... UCSD committed a season high 24 fouls
and tied a season high with 16 drawn fouls against CSUS on Sunday ... Goalkeepers
Jesse Brennan and Josh Cohen both rank in the CCAA Top 10 in terms of save
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