Fourth-Straight Loss Sinks Tritons

    MEN’S SOCCER — The UCSD men’s soccer team continued its slide last weekend, falling in a pair of one-goal games at home against Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 23 and Oct. 25, respectively. The Tritons’ losing streak now stands at four games, leaving them 7-7-4 overall and 4-7-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association play.

    The Tritons made a late-game push but lost 2-1 against Cal State San Bernardino. Two days later, they couldn’t notch a single point against Cal Poly Pomona, and lost 1-0.

    Despite a strong defensive effort for two-thirds of the match, the Tritons swallowed a tough loss after allowing two Coyote goals over the final 20 minutes. A thick fog engulfed the field and made it difficult for players to see the turf and for goalies to track shots on goal.

    The Coyotes’ first goal came in the 69th minute. The Tritons answered back a quick five minutes later, when junior midfielder Shane Micheil nailed his fourth goal of the season from 30 yards away.

    Despite UCSD’s comeback, a game-winning Coyote goal sealed the Triton defeat.

    In their Oct. 25 game against Cal Poly Pomona, the Tritons’ offense had no answer to the superior Bronco defense. The Broncos managed to eek out the game’s lone point for a narrow victory.

    “[It was] a bit of an uninteresting game,” senior midfielder Jonathan Sawyer said.

    Pomona’s only score came just after halftime, in the 47th minute, as senior forward Kevin Ramirez knocked a rebound shot past senior goalkeeper Peter Akman into the lower left corner of the net.

    Each team notched six shots apiece in the first half. Triton junior midfielder Shane Micheil and senior forward Tony Choi led the way with two attempts each.

    The Tritons have dealt with a frustrating year, all seven losses have been decided by a single goal.

    The team’s annual Senior Day will take place at a Nov. 1 home game against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Seven graduating student athletes will be honored for their accomplishments on and off the field before a final home game in Triton uniforms. The graduating seniors are Akman, Choi, Sawyer; midfielders Scott Gressard and Kyle Parton; and defenders Chris Guitierrez and Daniel Pavitt.

    The Tritons will be back in action Friday to host No. 7 Cal State University Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles boast an impressive 15-2-1 overall record and an 11-2-1 mark in the CCAA.

    Readers can contact Cameron Tillisch at [email protected].

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