LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The No. 5 UC San Diego women's soccer team opens California Collegiate Athletic Association play this week with matches slated at No. 11 Cal State L.A. and No. 19 Cal State San Bernardino.
Match No. 3
No. 5 UCSD (1-0-1) at No. 11 Cal State L.A. (2-0-0)
Friday, September 9 - 7:00 p.m.
Jesse Owens Stadium - Los Angeles, Calif.
Match No. 4
No. 5 UCSD (1-0-1) at No. 19 Cal State San Bernardino (2-0-0)
Sunday, September 11 - 2:00 p.m
Coyote Premier Field - San Bernardino, Calif.
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UCSD's first seven matches of 2011 are on the road, but the Tritons will host their first home match of the season on Sunday, September 25 at noon against Cal State San Bernardino. The match will be the first leg of a doubleheader and will be followed by the men's soccer game vs. CSUSB at 2:30 p.m. Both matches will have a live video stream available.
UCSD dropped to No. 5 in the NSCAA Top 25 this week after posting a 0-0 tie at Western Washington and a 2-0 win at then-No. 10 Seattle Pacific. Former No. 1 and defending national champion Grand Valley State fell all the way to No. 15 after finishing with two ties during the first week of play. Conversely, Cal State L.A. moved up the most spots of any team in the Top 25, moving from 23rd to 11th. After not being ranked to start the season, Cal State San Bernardino debuts at No. 19. St. Rose returns to No. 1 after starting the season at No. 3. The last time St. Rose was ranked No. 1 was in the 2010 NCAA Final Four, when the Tritons beat the Golden Knights 1-0 to provide the Knights with their only loss of the season. Since 2005, UC San Diego is 14-6-3 against ranked teams.
In the majority of cases, an undefeated team wouldn't find itself at the bottom of its conference standings. This can't be said for UCSD, who, at 1-0-1 finds itself in sixth position in the CCAA South Division. Mind you, no conference games have been played thus far, but when comparing the overall records of every team in the CCAA South, UCSD is the only team that hasn't won each of its contests. Cal Poly Pomona, CSULA, CSUSB, Cal State Dominguez Hills and San Francisco State are all a perfect 2-0 on the year. In the CCAA North Division, Cal State Stanislaus (1-0-1) is the only undefeated team that has played two matches.
No. 11 Cal State L.A. is coming off two shutout victories last week, taking a 2-0 win over St. Martin's and a 3-0 victory from Grand Canyon. Four different Eagles scored during the two contests and Lisa Ohberg was named CCAA Player of the Week after scoring a goal in each contest. UCSD won't be able to relax after its first test against a Top 25 team, as CSULA has gone 3-1 against UCSD over the past two seasons. Moreover, the Tritons have finished second in the CCAA South behind CSULA for the past two seasons. In 2010, the Golden Eagles earned a 3-1 win on September 10 at Triton Soccer Field in the first UCSD-CSULA match-up. In the second match between the squads on October 10, Anne Wethe scored the lone goal in the 32nd minute as the Tritons' took down the Golden Eagles, 1-0, in Los Angeles. UCSD is 12-7-1 all-time against CSULA.
WILE E. COYOTES
No. 19 CSUSB hasn't surrendered a goal either in 2011, coming off 2-0 and 4-0 wins over Dixie State and Academy of Art, respectively. Senior Casey Hirsch scored in each of the matches for the Coyotes, tallying a goal and an assist in the win over Dixie State. Goalkeeper Tiffany Mallick has been forced to make only six saves so far this season and five different players have scored for CSUSB. UCSD has not surrendered a goal to CSUSB over the last four matches between the teams, outscoring the Coyotes 6-0 while posting a 4-0 record. The Tritons are 28-4-4 all-time against CSUSB and have not lost to the Coyotes since September 28, 2008.
UCSD opened the season with a scoreless draw at Western Washington last Thursday, dominating the statistics by outshooting the Vikings 21-8, earning 11 corners and finding the woodwork on several scoring chances. Senior goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong was forced to make only one save, while her WWU counterpart was called on to make eight stops in goal. Armstrong would post the 23rd shutout of her Triton career two nights later, as UCSD took down 10th-ranked Seattle Pacific, 2-0 in Seattle. UCSD once again won the corner kick battle, taking a 9-2 edge over the Falcons. Hayley Johnson connected with Anne Wethe on a corner, who beat the keeper to the far post off a header. Minutes later, it was senior Sarah McTigue finishing a shot from 10 yards out into the lower corner off a pass from Gabi Hernandez. The Tritons picked up their first win on SPU's turf and handed the Falcons just their second loss in their last 54 home matches.
THOUGHTS TO MUNCH ON
UCSD's scoreless draw against WWU to open the season last Thursday marked just the fourth time in 30 contests in which the Tritons have failed to score a goal. UCSD is 0-1-3 in those four contests ... Three of last year's Final Four teams are ranked in the NSCAA Top 5 this week - No. 5 UCSD, No. 3 Florida Tech and No. 1 St. Rose. Florida Tech and St. Rose fell in the 2010 national semifinals, while UCSD fell to former No. 1 Grand Valley State in the national championship match ... Freshman Cassie Callahan led the Tritons with six shots in her debut at Western Washington. She sits second only to senior Sarah McTigue, who has eight shots in 2011 ... Washingtonians proved to be a tough bunch, as SPU and WWU dwarfed UCSD in fouls, 39-21 ... UCSD is 35-8-6 when Armstrong starts between the pipes.