LA JOLLA, Calif. - Winners of six consecutive matches and unbeaten in its last nine, the No. 21 UC San Diego women's soccer team will travel to face Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino this weekend with California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) playoff positioning on its mind.
Friday's match at CPP is set for 7:00 p.m. UCSD will then face CSUSB at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Annette Ilg turned in a notable performance in UCSD's 3-1 win over Chico State last Friday, scoring the match's first goal and then assisting on the other two UCSD scores. Shelby Wong and Danielle Dixon also netted goals for the Tritons, as they out-shot the Wildcats, 12-9, in the match. Kristin Armstrong totaled four saves in the winning effort.
Wong played a big hand in her team's 3-0 victory over Cal State Stanislaus on Sunday, assisting another goal by Ilg before volleying home her second goal of the weekend. Sarah McTigue added a goal and an assist in the match.
As of Oct. 18, UCSD is ranked third or higher in the CCAA in all offensive team categories. UCSD ranks first with 91 points and 31 goals for the season and second with a 2.21 goal per game average. The Tritons are third in the CCAA with 211 shots, 29 assists, and a 2.07 assist per game average.
Currently sitting in second place in the CCAA South with 26 points, UCSD trails Cal State L.A. by a single point for top spot in the division. Cal State Dominguez Hills is third in the South with 25 points. San Francisco State is leading the North Division with 26 points. If the regular season were to end today, CSULA, CSUSB, SFSU, and UCSD would advance to the single elimination CCAA postseason tournament. The two division winners plus the next two teams with the highest point totals advance to determine the CCAA champion and automatic entrant into the NCAA Division II Championship.
Friday's opponent for UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona, comes into the match with a 6-5-3 overall record and a 4-5-3 mark in conference play. CPP dropped both of its matches against Cal State San Bernardino last weekend, 1-3 and 1-2, respectively. Jennifer Rivera leads the Broncos with six goals and 13 points on the season.
UCSD leads the all-time series, 27-10-3, and beat CPP earlier this season on Oct. 3, 3-2 in double-overtime.
Cal State San Bernardino has compiled an overall record of 8-5-1 and a CCAA record of 6-5-1. The Coyotes have won three consecutive matches, including a 5-0 drubbing of Cal State Monterey Bay on Oct. 10. Striker Jani Carmona has scored 11 goals on the year- second-best in the CCAA.
UCSD leads the all-time series between the two teams, 27-4-4. In their latest battle on Oct. 1, the Tritons took down the Coyotes 2-0 at Triton Soccer Field.
After this weekend's action, UCSD wraps up its season with a home-away series with Cal State East Bay on Halloween weekend, Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.