SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Ninth-ranked University of California San Diego took to the road for the first time this season and earned a valuable road draw, 0-0, at city foe Cal State San Marcos in a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) men's soccer match at The Cage on Wednesday afternoon.
Coming off a season-opening 10-game homestand, UC San Diego still remains unbeaten with Wednesday's result, at 9-0-2 overall and 3-0-2 in the CCAA. The Tritons stay in third place in the conference table. Cal State San Marcos moves to 6-2-2 overall and 2-1-2 in league play. UC San Diego had won an overtime thriller, 3-2, at home in a non-conference meeting between the sides on Sept. 21.
Sophomore Pedro Enciso (Vista/Rancho Buena Vista HS) was credited with a single save in notching his sixth individual clean sheet. From right to left in front of him, senior captain Jeff Powers, redshirt freshman Oliver Nelson (Escondido/Escondido HS), junior Kelvin Uribe and redshirt freshman Darragh Buckley all also played the full 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. The Tritons began the week 11th nationally in Division II in team goals-against average, at 0.571.
Wednesday's action picked up significantly late in regulation and throughout the two overtime sessions. In the 84th minute, Brett Jones crossed from the right for fellow sophomore forward Jonathan Sabouri (Carlsbad/San Dieguito HS Academy) around the left edge of the six-yard box. Sabouri cut inside to his right foot, only for redshirt junior goalie Justin Tesar to come up with one of his five saves on the day.
Just over a minute later, sophomore central midfielder Jón Veigar Kristjánsson saw his right-footed shot glance off basically where the crossbar met the right post. Again in the 87th, Jones' header from Kristjánsson’s left-sided corner kick, hit the bar, with Sabouri's right-footed rebound effort going into Tesar's arms.
The home side looked to maybe have won it at 94:13, as Colombian freshman Juan Camilo Salazar's powerful shot from distance smacked the crossbar and went straight down. The linesman, in proper position, determined that the ball had not fully crossed the line, and play went on. Salazar led all players with seven shots.
Less than a minute into the second overtime, Sabouri came in on the left diagonal, and with a narrow angle, found the woodwork. Jones also had a golden opportunity in the period, but to no avail. UC San Diego held a final shot advantage of 15-10.
Cal State San Marcos had a goal disallowed about eight and a half minutes into the contest, due to a hand ball.
UC San Diego flies to San Francisco on Saturday to take on San Francisco State on Sunday, Oct. 7. The nationally-televised tilt is slated for a 2:05 p.m. kickoff at Cox Stadium. It can be viewed on ELEVEN SPORTS. Check local listings.
Triton Notes: UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 7-2-1, with three successive wins, all by one-goal margins, prior to Wednesday's draw ... The Tritons have yet to allow a first-half goal in 2018 ... UC San Diego is unbeaten through 11 games for the first time under 11th-year head coach Jon Pascale, and first time in its Division II history, since 2000 ... The Tritons are off to their best 11-game start in 30 years, having opened up 10-0-1 in 1988, when they went on to the program's first of three Division III national titles ... Pedro Enciso's shutout was the 13th of his career.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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