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Tritons Take Down No. 25 Fresno Pacific With Pair of Goals

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team defeated No. 25 Fresno Pacific at Triton Soccer Stadium on Saturday night. With the victory, the Tritons start the season at 2-0. The Sunbirds fall to 0-2 after their second-straight loss to a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) squad, coming off of a loss to Cal State San Marcos.

Both teams were scoreless in the first half, despite some close chances for the Tritons. Brett Jones, who finished the match with a game-best six shots and three shots on-goal, came close to scoring twice in the first half.

Less than five minutes into the second half though, Jones was able to break the scoreless tie. After Cooper Lachenbruch took a corner kick for the Tritons, Jones was able to head the ball into the net to give UC San Diego a 1-0 advantage.

The Tritons extended their lead a little over 10 minutes later. After Jones took a shot that was blocked by the Sunbird goalkeeper, Jón Veigar Kristjánsson sent the rebound into the net, bringing the score to 2-0. 

Coming off a 5-0 win over Concordia University Irvine, the Tritons collected their second-consecutive shutout. UC San Diego’s defense held the Sunbirds to just five shots throughout the contest, and the Sunbirds were unable to manage a single shot on-goal.

Following this match, the Tritons will remain at home for their upcoming midweek contest. UC San Diego will host Bethesda for their first matchup in program history at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Triton Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.

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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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