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UCSD looks for revenge against No. 13 Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills this week.
UCSD Looks to Pick Up Ground in CCAA Tournament Race
Release: Wednesday 10/12/2011 

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.

Match 13
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.
Live Stats

Match 14
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.
Live Stats

Admission is FREE to all home matches. And, the Tritons play their final six matches at home, starting Friday against Cal State L.A.

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.

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.

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 percentage.

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