Midweek Battle Approaches as Tritons Face Bethesda for First Time
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team will host Bethesda for a midweek battle on Wednesday, as the two teams meet for the first time in program history.
vs. Bethesda (3-2)
Wednesday, Sept. 11 – 7 p.m.
Triton Soccer Stadium – La Jolla
“We have to move on from [the win over Concordia Irvine] pretty quick and not ride the emotional rollercoaster,” said Head Coach Jon Pascale. “We need to continue to focus and be good at the things we do and know who we are. If we can stick to those things, I think we’ll have success on Wednesday.”
GET TO KNOW THE FIRST TIME FOE
The Tritons and Flames will be meeting for the first time in program history. Bethesda competes as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and is not associated with a particular conference. During the 2016 season, the Flames made an appearance in the final match of NCCAA National Tournament.
Last season, the Flames compiled an 8-7-1 record. Offensively, the Flames are looking to replace last year’s leading goal scorers, as Diogo Pereira and Bernardo Thedim contributed 10 goals apiece.
ATTENDING THE MATCH
All regular-season matches at Triton Soccer Stadium are free to attend. Be advised that a parking permit must be purchased when parking on campus from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays. Permits can be purchased at meters located in parking lots and garages. For the latest UC San Diego parking regulations, click here.
FOLLOW ALONG AT HOME
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After hosting Bethesda, the Tritons’ homestand continues as they welcome Biola University to Triton Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14. Last season, the two teams met in UC San Diego’s season opener. Max Gonda’s first career goal put the Tritons on top, as they ultimately defeated the Eagles, 1-0.
LAST TIME OUT
UC San Diego is coming off of a 2-0 shutout of No. 25 Fresno Pacific. With the victory, the Tritons start the season at 2-0 with a pair of clean sheets. The Sunbirds fell to 0-2 after their second-straight loss to a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) squad, as they previously lost to Cal State San Marcos.
Brett Jones scored in each of the Tritons’ opening-week wins. The junior led the team with 11 shots across the two matches, five of which were on-goal. For his efforts, Jones was named a UC San Diego Athlete of the Week.
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UC San Diego was ranked third in the 2019 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) men’s soccer preseason coaches poll, as voted on by the conference’s 13 head coaches. The poll was released on August 19. View the full poll here.
BIG WEST BOUND
UC San Diego is in its 20th and final year playing as an NCAA Division II team. In July of 2020, the entire athletics program will begin a four-year transition to NCAA Division I, culminating in full DI status as a member of the Big West Conference for the 2024-25 academic year. At that time, all sports will be eligible for conference and NCAA postseason play.
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About UC San Diego Athletics
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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