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Sara Spaventa and the Tritons' defense are ranked third in goals allowed (6) for the CCAA.
UC San Diego Looks to Improve Standing in Crowded South Division Race
Release: Tuesday 09/28/2010 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - In hosting Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona this weekend, the UC San Diego women's soccer team will have the chance to leapfrog both squads in the conference's South Division standings.

The Tritons gained a bit of momentum on the road recently, defeating Cal State Monterey Bay 4-1 Friday and then playing to a 0-0 draw Sunday with a tough San Francisco State squad. Now UCSD holds a 2-2-2 mark within the California Collegiate Athletic Association and four intra-division matches are next on the schedule, serving as golden opportunities to gain ground.

With many of the CCAA squads finding mixed results through the one-third mark of the schedule, only one team from the conference is featured in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top-25 poll - Cal State Stanislaus. The Warriors, off to their best start in team history at 7-1 overall, are ranked at No. 14. The gates are open for the rest of the CCAA squads, including the Tritons, to reestablish themselves on the national scene.

Despite the season still being in its early stages, the South Division matchups this weekend hold plenty of importance. UCSD sits two points behind its next two opponents, CSUSB and CPP, teams that are both 3-2-1 in conference play.

Friday's match between the Tritons and Coyotes is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Statistically so far in 2010, the CSUSB attack has existed as somewhat of a one-woman show. Jani Carmona, a sophomore transfer from Hawaii Hilo, holds 14 of the 40 points recorded by the Coyotes this season. After winning its first five matches, CSUSB is winless in its last three. The Coyotes, currently 4-1 on the road this season, trail UCSD in the all-time series, 4-26-4.

The Broncos, UCSD's Sunday opponent, have already experienced plenty of early-season battles. Six of CPP's eight games have been decided by one goal or fewer and the most recent match of that kind was a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory at home over Cal State L.A. Friday. The Broncos have already played in three overtime matches, going 2-0-1 in those contests. The CPP offense exhibits a bit more balance than the previously mentioned Coyotes, with 14 Broncos' players registering points in 2010. Sunday's 2:30 p.m. contest will be the 40th all-time match between the two squads and UCSD leads the series, 26-10-3.

The Tritons will look to replicate the results they found on Friday in Seaside. In defeating CSUMB 4-1 and outshooting the Otters 24-3, the UCSD offense fired on all cylinders. Four different Tritons scored, with Sarah McTigue notching the game-winner and Annette Ilg recording her team-high fourth score of 2010.

UCSD continues to lead the conference in shots (144) and corner kicks (63). Currently, the Tritons rank third in both goals scored (17) and goals allowed (6).

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