#4 Cal State LA Snaps Tritons' 6-Match Win Streak
LOS ANGELES – The University of California San Diego men’s soccer team saw its six-match winning streak snapped, falling to No. 4 Cal State LA, 1-0, on Saturday night. The Golden Eagles’ tally in the 64’ snapped a streak of nearly 495 minutes in which the Tritons did not allow a goal, dating back to October 13.
On Friday, the CCAA announced that UC San Diego’s match at Cal State Dominguez Hills – postponed Thursday due to poor air quality – will not be made up. Thus, the regular season has come to an end for the Tritons, who posted a 13-4 overall record and earned 24 points with an 8-3 mark in CCAA play.
Saturday night at University Stadium, neither team was able to get on the scoreboard over the first 45 minutes. The Tritons registered the game’s first three shots, but the Golden Eagles netted seven first half shots – including a couple of good scoring opportunities. The UC San Diego defense stood tall, and thanks in large part to a terrific save by junior goalkeeper Pedro Enciso in the 43’, the match was scoreless at the half.
The Golden Eagles (13-0-1 overall, 8-0-1 CCAA) scored the lone goal of the match in the 64’, when senior Leonardo Nogueira took a feed from Carlos Zarate and fired low right into the back of the net. Cal State LA out-shot the Tritons 12-3 on the night, and registered six corner kicks to just one for the Tritons.
The victory was Cal State LA’s first over UC San Diego in the last seven meetings.
UC San Diego has already clinched a berth in the CCAA Tournament, but will have to await the conclusion of the regular season to find out its seeding. The top two teams will earn a bye to the tournament semifinals, while seeds three through six will compete in the opening round November 12 at campus sites. The Tritons will host the semifinals and finals of the tournament November 15-17 in La Jolla.
Earlier this week, the CCAA announced that due to multiple cancellations resulting from wildfires and poor air quality throughout California, the conference will utilize a points-per-match system to determine this year’s soccer standings and tournament seedings.
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