Tritons Ready to Take on San Diego State in Crosstown Exhibition
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team will take part in its first action of 2019 this weekend, squaring off with San Diego State in an exhibition.
The two teams will face off in their crosstown exhibition on Saturday at SDSU Sports Deck on Montezuma Road. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
This is UC San Diego’s first exhibition of the season, while San Diego State is coming off a friendly with UC Irvine. Aztec freshman George Hunter scored during the contest, but the Aztecs ultimately fell to the Anteaters, 3-1.
ATTENDING THE MATCH
The match will take place at SDSU Sports Deck on Montezuma Road and is free to attend. Parking permits are required in order to park on campus and can be paid for at pay machines located on campus.
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The Tritons have retained their top three point-getters in 2018, as Jonathan Sabouri (11), Jones (10), and Andy Sartor (8) will look to continue making an impact this year. Sabouri, entering his junior season, has led the Tritons in both goals and points during each of his first two campaigns.
On the defensive side, United Soccer Coaches All-Region selection Uribe returns for his senior year. Uribe anchored six shutouts for the Tritons during 2018.
Encisco will be back in the net this season, entering his junior year. The goalkeeper has compiled a 0.81 goals against average and a .765 save percentage during 2017 and 2018. Enciso was the only Triton to start all of UC San Diego’s contests for both of those two seasons.
“The team’s been working hard this past week to implement some of the tactics we’ll use this fall,” said Head Coach Jon Pascale. “We’re excited to get out and challenge ourselves against a quality opponent, San Diego State. We know they’ll really test a lot of the areas that we’ve been working on and we’re excited to see how the guys respond.”
UC San Diego hosts its season opener at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 5, as it takes on Concordia Irvine at Triton Soccer Field. Last season when the two teams faced off, the Tritons came away victorious, topping the Eagles in a 1-0 overtime thriller.
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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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