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Courtney Capobianco's (11) late goal sent the Tritons into hysterics on Sunday afternoon.
CCAA Top Squads Set for Weekend Clash in La Jolla
Release: Wednesday 10/19/2011 
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 8 UC San Diego women's soccer team will host Humboldt State and Sonoma State at Triton Soccer Field this weekend.

Match No. 15
No. 8 UCSD (9-1-4, 8-1-3) vs. Humboldt State (2-9-2, 1-9-2)
Friday, October 21 - 4:30 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
Live Stats

Match No. 16
No. 8 UCSD (9-1-4, 8-1-3) vs. Sonoma State (8-5-1, 8-3-1)
Sunday, October 23 - 12:00 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
Live Stats

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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UCSD's No. 8 ranking is the lowest the team has been ranked in 2011. After dropping its first game of the season to No. 20 Cal State L.A. last Friday night, the Tritons were demoted two spots despite rebounding with a 1-0 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sunday afternoon. Since debuting the season at No. 2 in the NCSAA Division II Preseason Coaches Poll, the Tritons have been ranked in the national top 10 in all eight polls so far this season. In addition, UCSD has been ranked No. 1 in the West Region for seven weeks, putting the Tritons in strong position to host NCAA postseason play after November 4-6's CCAA Championships.

Cal State L.A. handed the Tritons their first loss of the season last Friday, scoring four minutes into the first overtime period to take a 1-0 win. The Tritons had been off to their longest undefeated start since 1994, when UCSD went without a loss for 17 straight matches to start the year. The loss was UCSD's first during the regular season since the Tritons fell 2-1 at Humboldt State on September 17, 2010, over a year ago. UCSD put together a 19-0-6 regular season record during that time span. Since September 17, 2010, UCSD has gone 25-2-7 overall.

UCSD's magic number to qualify for the CCAA Championships is two going into this weekend's contests with Humboldt State and Sonoma State. There are two different scenarios that UCSD can use to make the tournament: a) win two of their four remaining matches, or b) win one of their remaining matches and hope Chico State loses at least one. Currently the fifth seed overall in the CCAA with 20 points, the maximum amount of points that Chico State can get to is 32 (4 wins x 3 points apiece = 12 points; 20 points + 12 points = 32 points). UCSD is the top team in the conference with 27 points at this juncture of the season and needs just six more to give the Tritons 33 points to secure one of the top four seeds for the CCAA Championships. If CSUC loses one of its last four matches, the most points the Wildcats could get would be 29. Therefore, UCSD would need only one victory to punch a ticket to the CCAA Championships. If the seeds for the Championships were handed out today, they would be given as follows: No. 1 UCSD (8-1-3, 27 points), No. 2 Sonoma State (8-3-1, 25 points), No. 3 Cal State L.A. (7-3-2, 23 points) and No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus (6-3-3, 21 points), with No. 5 CSUC (6-4-2, 20 points) and No. 6's Cal State San Bernardino (6-5-1, 19 points) and San Francisco State (6-5-1, 19 points) on the outside looking in.

Senior midfielder Courtney Capobianco brought the Tritons' goal-less streak to an end on Sunday afternoon against Cal State Dominguez Hills, scoring in the 89th minute to hand UCSD a 1-0 win over the visiting Toros. Cassie Callahan won the ball in midfield for the Tritons and played it behind the CSUDH back line intended for Capobianco. Capobianco took a touch along the right side of the box before firing a shot over the left shoulder of the keeper and into the top of the net. The win marked the Tritons' first since October 2 and ended a scoring draught that spanned three matches. UCSD hadn't gone three matches without scoring since October 31, 2008 through November 7, 2008. The performance marked Capobianco's second notable effort in the box score this season for the Tritons. She scored twice and added an assist in the Tritons' 5-0 win over Cal State Monterey Bay on September 30.

As stated before, the Lumberjacks were the last team before CSULA to take down the Tritons in the regular season. That happened in September of last season and things have changed drastically for the Jacks. HSU has tallied only a single CCAA win so far this season and sits in fifth place in the CCAA North with a 1-9-2 conference mark and 5 points. The Jacks had lost seven consecutive matches between September 23 and October 14 before securing a 1-0 win over last-place Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday, October 16. Carly Kolpin, Liz Christensen and Tamra James lead the Jacks' offense with two goals apiece this season. UCSD is 8-1-1 all-time against HSU.

Sonoma State is the top squad in the CCAA North and is riding a three-match winning streak heading into the weekend road trip. SSU escaped with a 3-2 overtime victory over Cal State East Bay on Sunday afternoon after beating CSUMB 2-0 last Friday night. The Seawolves are 5-1-0 over their last six contests and are led offensively by Ashley Martin and Sara Studer. Martin leads SSU with five goals and 11 points while Studer tops the Seawolves with four assists this season. UCSD has never lost to SSU and is 14-0-1 all-time against the Seawolves. The two teams tied last season on September 19, 2010 in Rohnert Park, 0-0.

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