Men's Soccer Unveils 2019 Schedule Featuring 13 Home Contests
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team has revealed its schedule for the upcoming 2019 season. Of their 18 regular-season matches, 13 will be hosted at Triton Soccer Stadium, while the remaining five will take place on the road. View the entire schedule here.
Prior to the start of the season, UC San Diego will face crosstown competitor San Diego State in an exhibition. The teams will prepare for their regular seasons as they face off at 7 p.m. on August 24 at SDSU Sports Deck.
The Tritons’ season officially begins with a six-game nonconference homestand. The action kicks off with the season-opener, as UC San Diego hosts Concordia Irvine at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 5. UC San Diego will look for a repeat of last season’s success, as the team downed the Eagles in a 1-0 overtime thriller.
Following the Eagles, the Sunbirds of Fresno Pacific fly into La Jolla. The Tritons will host Fresno Pacific at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 for a primetime Saturday night matchup.
UC San Diego’s next game is a midweek matchup, as the Tritons take on Bethesda for the first time in program history at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11.
The Tritons will then look to continue their winning ways against Biola (Sept. 14), local foe Point Loma (Sept. 19), and Hawaii-Hilo (Sept. 21), as they hold all-time winning records against each of the three squads. UC San Diego is 13-7-2 in its meetings with Biola, 21-4-1 in matchups with Point Loma, and 2-0-0 in its brief history with Hawaii Hilo.
California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) competition begins on the road for UC San Diego. Conference play opens at Cal State East Bay on Sept. 27 and continues at Cal State Monterey Bay on Sept. 29.
The Tritons will open up the month of October back home at Triton Soccer Stadium as conference action continues during a seven-game homestand. Cal Poly Pomona (Oct. 4), Cal State San Bernardino (Oct. 6), Humboldt State (Oct. 11), San Francisco State (Oct. 13), Chico State (Oct. 18), Stanislaus State (Oct. 20), and Cal State San Marcos (Oct. 23) will all face UC San Diego on its home field.
The Tritons’ contest against Cal State San Marcos will be their final regular-season home game of the season. UC San Diego will look to repeat its outcome from last season’s matchup with the local rival, as the Tritons dramatically topped the Cougars, 3-2, in overtime.
Three road games conclude UC San Diego’s regular-season slate. The Tritons will travel to Sonoma State (Oct. 25), Cal State Dominguez Hills (Oct. 31), and Cal State LA (Nov. 2). Last year, UC San Diego recorded victories against all three of those teams.
“We’re very excited to start the 2019 season, our last in Division II,” said Head Coach Jon Pascale. “We have another really strong schedule ahead of us. Obviously in our conference there’s not an easy game, whether it’s home or away. Out of conference, we took the philosophy this year that we really wanted to challenge ourselves and so we scheduled a lot of strong opponents.
“We’re excited to be at home so much, especially early in the season. We feel like we perform really well at Triton Soccer Stadium. We have a great facility and it generates a fun atmosphere. I know the coaches and players are looking forward to getting started and getting off to a strong start.”
Triton Soccer Stadium Info
All regular-season matches at Triton Soccer Stadium are free to attend. On-campus parking must be paid for at meters located in parking lots and garages from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. on weekdays, but is free outside of those hours, on weekends and holidays.
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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 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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