Tritons Ranked Third in United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of California San Diego women’s soccer team is ranked third in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Preseason Poll. UC San Diego only trails Grand Valley State (1) and Bridgeport (2) in the poll, which are the two teams that competed in the title match at the 2018 NCAA Championship. This is the Tritons’ highest preseason ranking since the 2013 season, when they were also ranked third. View the full rankings here.
Triton great Kristin Jones enters her first season as the head coach of the women’s soccer team after having served on the coaching staff for the past 15 years. The upcoming season will be her 20th as a UC San Diego student-athlete or coach. Jones stressed the importance of keeping the preseason poll in perspective.
“While the preseason polls are a testament to the previous year and phenomenal season we had, we can’t fixate on these early rankings,” Jones said. “It does however, give us a target of staying as high as possible in these polls and making sure we remember what it took to get there. It is important for us to take it one game at a time and our main focus will ultimately be the regional rankings. With positive non-conference results we hope to be near the top of the first regional ranking.”
Last Season’s Success
The Tritons’ high ranking is thanks to an impressive 2018 season which culminated with an appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship. The journey began as the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season and tournament champions hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship at Triton Soccer Stadium, taking down crosstown rival Point Loma to advance to the third round and quarterfinals in Canyon, Texas.
Winning a penalty kick tiebreaker against Western Washington in round three, UC San Diego claimed its second-straight West Region title. The Tritons then came away with a commanding 5-0 victory over West Texas A&M in the quarterfinals to continue the cross-country trek to Pittsburgh. UC San Diego’s run ultimately came to an end in the semifinals, as it fell to eventual champions Bridgeport, 0-2.
UC San Diego will look to climb the polls as it begins the 2019 season. The Tritons’ schedule begins as they play host Concordia Irvine at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Triton Soccer Stadium.
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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