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The Tritons are in the midst of a six-match home stand to end the regular season.
UCSD Looks to Stop CCAA Skid Against North Division Squads
Release: Wednesday 10/19/2011 
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's soccer team hosts CCAA North squads Humboldt State and Sonoma State at Triton Soccer Field this week.

Match No. 15
UCSD (6-8-0, 5-7-0) vs. Humboldt State (3-10-0, 3-9-0)
Friday, October 21 - 7:00 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
Live Stats

Match No. 16
UCSD (6-8-0, 5-7-0) vs. Sonoma State (9-4-1, 8-3-1)
Sunday, October 23 - 2:30 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
Live Stats

UCSD is in the midst of a six-match home stand to end the regular season. The Tritons' match with Humboldt State will be their third straight home contest in a row with three more to spare. So far, UCSD is 0-2 over its first two games of the home six-pack. After HSU, UCSD will host Sonoma State on Sunday before welcoming San Francisco State on Friday, October 28. The Tritons will host Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday, October 30, in their last match of the regular season. Time is running out to see the Tritons! Admission is free to all who care to attend.

It's UCSD Homecoming Weekend 2011 for Triton Alumni, October 21-23. There are various events throughout the weekend for alumni of UCSD's 23 intercollegiate athletic teams, including a Homecoming BBQ on Saturday at noon at Triton Track & Field Stadium. There will also be a Championship Brunch on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the Price Center East Ballroom where UCSD Athletics will honor the 1981 Women's Volleyball National Champions, 1991 Men's Soccer National Champions, 1992 Women's Water Polo National Champions and 2001 Women's Soccer National Champions. For more information on the entire weekend, click here.

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Humboldt State emerges from the Northern California wilderness in fifth place in the CCAA North Division with nine points and a 3-9-0 conference mark. The Jacks snapped a six-match losing streak last Friday on the road at Cal State East Bay, taking down the Pioneers 4-0 in Hayward. HSU fared quite differently on Sunday afternoon at Cal State Monterey Bay. CSUMB opened the scoring two minutes from the end of the first half and then added a second goal two minutes into the second half on its way to a 3-0 victory over the Jacks. Zach Hammond leads the Jacks with six goals and five assists. Hammond's 17 points this season are tied for fourth-best in the CCAA. UCSD is 2-0-4 all-time against HSU.

SSU enters the weekend in first place in the CCAA North, equipped with 25 points and an 8-3-1 conference mark. The Seawolves have not lost since October 2 and are 3-0-1 over their last four contests. SSU is coming off back-to-back wins over Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay, respectively. Last Friday at CSUMB, Taylor Varnadore scored five minutes into the match in the Seawolves' 1-0 win over the Otters. Last Sunday at CSUEB, SSU trailed 1-0 at the half but rebounded for a pair of second half goals against the CCAA North's last-place team to take a 2-1 win. Varnadore leads the SSU attack with 10 goals on the season, second-best in the CCAA. Trevor Hurst is the main set-up man for the Seawolves; his eight assists this season are most in the conference. UCSD has struggled against Sonoma in the all-time series between the teams, having won only one contest against SSU in 13 tries (1-11-1).

UCSD has dropped its last four matches since snapping a three-match win streak on October 7, including a pair of losses against No. 13 Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills last week at Triton Soccer Field. Last Friday, CSULA led 3-0 in the first half before Andisheh Bagheri volleyed home a left-footed shot to make it 3-1. Bagheri then assisted on Tsuk Haroush's goal in the 87th minute in the Tritons' 4-2 loss to the Golden Eagles. UCSD found itself down 3-0 once again on Sunday to CSUDH, but Cory Wolfrom and Alec Arsht each scored within 43 seconds to make it 3-2 with eight minutes left to play. UCSD would have two final looks at the equalizer in the waning moments, but Alex Portela's attempt in the 84th minute missed right and Arsht's header with 30 seconds left also sailed wide. CSUDH escaped with a 3-2 victory.

UCSD stayed in fourth place in the CCAA South Division after last weekend's events ... Bagheri made back-to-back starts at forward for the Tritons on Friday and Sunday, accounting for three points in the loss to CSULA ... Portela added his team-leading 11th point of the year with an assist on Arsht's header Sunday against CSUDH ... Friday and Sunday's losses marked the first time this season UCSD has scored multiple goals in a loss in 2011 ... UCSD has outscored opponents 11-5 in the second half; however, opponents have outscored the Tritons 13-5 in the first half ... Josh Cohen took over for Jesse Brennan at goalkeeper in the second half of Sunday's match and registered three saves while holding the Toros scoreless for the final 45 minutes.

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