Win Streak on the Line as Tritons Hit the Road
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The first place University of California San Diego men’s soccer team concludes its regular season with a pair of matches on the road. The Tritons will visit Cal State Dominguez Hills on Thursday, and fourth-ranked Cal State LA on Saturday.
at Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-5, 4-8-1 CCAA)
Thursday, Oct. 31 – 7 p.m.
Toro Stadium, Carson
at No. 4 Cal State LA (7-0-1, 12-0-1 CCAA)
Saturday, Nov. 2 – 7 p.m.
University Stadium, Los Angeles
UC San Diego has won six consecutive matches, including the last four by shutout.
COUNTING THE MINUTES
Tritons redshirt junior goalkeeper Pedro Enciso has posted nine clean sheets so far this season, including four in a row. Entering Thursday’s action, Enciso has not allowed a goal in the last 430:47.
AH, THE COMFORTS OF…THE ROAD?
UC San Diego has posted a 3-0 record away from Triton Soccer Stadium so far this season, including last week’s 1-0 win at Sonoma State.
The Tritons are 8-17-6 all-time against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Last season, UC San Diego earned a 2-1 overtime victory over the visiting Toros. Brett Jones put back a rebound in the 99’ to lift the Tritons to a win on senior day. Overall, UC San Diego has won four of the last five meetings.
Against Cal State LA, UC San Diego is 15-14-5 in the all-time series. Last year, the Tritons blanked the ninth-ranked Golden Eagles, 1-0, on the strength of a Jonathan Sabouri goal in the 85’.
Cal State Dominguez Hills enters Thursday’s match looking to get back on track. The Toros have dropped three of their last four contests in CCAA play. Senior back Robert Roosen leads the Toros with three goals and six points in 2019.
No, 4 Cal State LA is unbeaten this season, posting a 12-0-1 record to date. Since battling Cal State San Bernardino to a 1-1 draw on October 17, the Golden Eagles have won three straight. Cal State LA is a perfect 6-0 at University Stadium in 2019. Junior David Elizaga ranks second in the CCAA with four game-winning goals.
UC San Diego has won six straight conference matches, and remains atop the CCAA standings with an 8-2 conference mark and 24 points. No. 4 Cal State LA is unbeaten qt 7-0-1, and has 22 points in CCAA play. Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-5) is tied for ninth in the CCAA with nine points.
View the full standings here.
UC San Diego will host the CCAA Tournament Nov. 15-17.
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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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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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