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No. 3 Tritons to Kick Off Season by Hosting Pair of PacWest Squads

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 3 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team is preparing to kick off the 2019 season at home as it hosts Concordia University Irvine for its season opener, followed by Biola University over the weekend.

DETAILS

vs. Concordia Irvine (0-0, 0-0 PacWest)

Thursday, Sept. 5 – 7 p.m.

Triton Soccer Stadium – La Jolla

vs. Biola (0-0, 0-0 PacWest)

Saturday, Sept. 7 – 4:30 p.m.

Triton Soccer Stadium – La Jolla 

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

All regular-season home matches will have free live video and free live stats available at the links below.

Live video: https://s.ucsdtritons.com/watch/

Live stats: http://s.ucsdtritons.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/summary 

HISTORY 

The Tritons have had brief, but successful, histories with both teams. Against Concordia Irvine, UC San Diego holds a 3-0 record, outscoring the Eagles, 7-2 across the three contests. When facing Biola, UC San Diego is 2-0.

RETURNER HIGHLIGHTS

-Upperclassmen Kelsey Kimball, Natalie Saddic, and Delaney Whittet will be serving as this year’s team captains.

-Angelica Ramos is back in the net for UC San Diego, boasting a 0.60 goals against average during her Triton career. The redshirt senior will look to pick up where she left off, as she earned an All-CCAA honorable mention in 2018, starting all 24 games and compiling 70 saves. Ramos ranked 15th in the nation with 10 shutouts during the year.

-Fellow honorable mention recipients Michelle Baddour, Marissa Ray, Maddy Samilo, Natalie Widmer, and Kimball return in 2019 as well, as do second team honoree Caitlin McCarthy and back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year Saddic. Midfielder duo McCarthy and Saddic each dished out five assists during 2018, with McCarthy also contributing a goal and Saddic scoring two.

-The Tritons will look to remain strong both offensively and defensively this season. UC San Diego led the CCAA in both average goals against per game (0.58) -- which also ranked 14th in the country -- and average goals per game (2.000).

COACH’S THOUGHTS 

Hear from first-year head coach Kristin Jones and captain Delaney Whittet about the upcoming season here.

POLLS

UC San Diego was ranked third in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, which was released on August 6. View the full poll results here.

In the CCAA preseason coaches poll, the Tritons were ranked first. The team has finished first in the conference during the past three seasons. View the full poll results here.

Concordia Irvine and Biola both rank in the top-five of the PacWest preseason poll, ranking second and fourth, respectively. Concordia Irvine finished 2018 with a 9-6-2 record (7-3-1 PacWest), while Biola concluded the year at 7-7-4 (5-4-2 PacWest). 

WHAT’S NEXT

After their pair of games at Triton Soccer Stadium, the Tritons will hit the road, traveling to Cougar Soccer Complex on Sept. 14 to face another PacWest foe. The Tritons and Azusa Pacific Cougars will face off at 7:30 p.m. UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 11-2-1.

FOLLOW THE TRITONS 

Keep up with the Tritons all season long on social media through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The team’s handle is @ucsdwsoc.

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.

GEAR 

For the latest Triton apparel and accessories, visit the official team store of the Tritons here.

 

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.

Follow The Tritons
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