THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Thur., Sep. 20---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Fri., Sep. 21---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---4:30 PM
Fri., Sep. 21---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Sat., Sep. 22---XCountry---UCSD at Cal Baptist Invitational---8:30 AM
Sat., Sep. 22---MWater Polo---UCSD at Whittier College---11:00 AM
Sat., Sep. 22---MWater Polo---UCSD at Occidental---2:00 PM
Sat., Sep. 22---WVolleyball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:00 PM
Sun., Sep. 23---MSoccer---UCSD at San Francisco State---11:30 AM
Sun., Sep. 23---WSoccer---UCSD at San Francisco State---2:00 PM
WOMEN'S SOCCER CLAIMS PAIR OF OT WINS; STAYS UNDEFEATED
Riding a five-game season-opening win streak, its best since taking the first seven in 2007, the No. 15 Women's Soccer team tries to make it four-in-a-row on the road when it travels to Cal Poly Pomona (2-3/1-3) and San Francisco State (2-3/1-3) this Friday and Sunday...The Tritons (6-0/5-0) have accumulated 12 pts. putting them three points clear of CSU San Bernardino atop the CCAA South Division table...Cal Poly Pomona and S.F. State are part of a three-way tie for fourth place...Both lost to the Tritons two weeks ago at UCSD.
Senior Jessica Wi's first goal of the year and seventh of her career was likely the biggest she's ever scored as it lifted UCSD to an astounding, improbable, 2-1, overtime victory at Cal State L.A. Friday night...Wi's tally came in the 110th minute with three seconds left on the clock, a free kick from 21 yds. out on the left side that found the far upper corner...The host Golden Eagles drew first blood with Megan Ollar scoring at 19:26 but the Tritons knotted things 8:13 into the second half when sophomore Cassie Callahan finished a great build-up by heading in a cross from senior Alexa Enlow...UCSD won on the stat sheet as well as the scoreboard, out-shooting Cal State L.A., 11-8, and earning seven corners while surrendering zero.
It was Callahan and Enlow connecting in overtime again Sunday as last year's CCAA Freshman of the Year scored her team-leading third goal of the fall, powering UCSD to a 1-0 conquest at Cal State San Bernardino...Playing what McManus called "our best game of the season," UCSD was still not able to dent the scoreboard in regulation against the stubborn Coyotes...After 90 scoreless minutes, the teams headed to OT...The first 10-minute extra period also ended without a goal but the Tritons didn't waste any time once they reached the final OT phase...Starting in its own end, UCSD strung together several passes, eventually getting the ball wide to Enlow who blew by the CSUSB defender and drove a cross to Callahan...The Coronado native, who had gone wide with a pair of good chances in the first overtime, made no such mistake this time, burying a header that gave Coyote keeper Chelsey Jones no chance...Freshman Kelcie Brodsky made five saves in recording the shutout for UCSD.
MEN'S SOCCER CONTINUES SOLID PLAY; BACK ON ROAD FOR TWO
It's back on the road for Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team which went 0-1-1 last week in its first venture outside of La Jolla in 2012...The Tritons, sporting a 3-2-1 overall ledger, 2-1-1 in CCAA and sitting second in the CCAA South standings, will play at Cal Poly Pomona (2-2-1/0-2-1) Friday before flying to San Francisco State (1-4-1/0-2-1) for a Sunday afternoon tilt...UCSD knocked off both teams, which are tied for fifth in the CCAA South, by identical, 1-0, scores at home two weeks ago.
The Tritons absorbed their first league loss of the year Friday afternoon at Cal State L.A., dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker when the Golden Eagles' Antti Arvola took advantage of a UCSD defensive miscue to score the game's only goal with less than five minutes remaining in the second OT period...The Tritons owned the edge in shots (10-9) while CSULA took nine corners to four by UCSD.
Moving from the smallest field in the conference (CSULA) to the largest Sunday, the Tritons did everything but win against Cal State San Bernardino, eventually settling for a 1-1 tie and one point after 110 minutes of soccer...UCSD took command at the 28:13 mark with junior defender Gavin Lamming registering his first goal of the year and third of his career...The score originated from a corner kick and finished with Andisheh Bagheri delivering the ball to Lamming at the back post for a header...Pascale's unit had some great chances to go up by two but was unable to convert and the Coyotes eventually knotted the game on a penalty kick in the 78th minute...The Tritons outshot CSUSB, 22-14, on the day including a 9-4 advantage in overtime, playing virtually all of the two 10 minute extra periods with a man advantage...UCSD also prevailed by a 9-4 margin in the corner kick department...Lamming, who had cleared a ball of the goal line earlier in the game, made a huge play in the final seconds, coming from out of nowhere to knock the ball away from a counterattacking Coyote forward who was bearing down on keeper Josh Cohen.
YOUNG VOLLEYBALL SQUAD SPLITS IN CRAZY CCAA-OPENING WEEKEND
In the aftermath of an opening conference weekend that could accurately be described as "bizarre," third-year Head Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team goes to Cal Poly Pomona (6-4/2-1) and Humboldt State (1-9/0-3) for its first CCAA road matches of 2012...The Tritons, 6-4 overall and 1-1 in league play after splitting its first two CCAA contests at home, is part of a five-team logjam in fifth place while Cal Poly Pomona is fourth and Humboldt State is at the bottom of the CCAA heap.
Friday night, UCSD was shocked, 3-0 (25-16, 28-26, 25-20), at RIMAC Arena by Cal State Dominguez Hills, a squad that was winless in 22 conference games last fall and had fallen to the Tritons the last 30 times the two teams had met...A plethora of errors and a .106 hitting percentage doomed Luyties' club which was paced by middle blockers Sara McCutchan and Lauren Demos with nine kills apiece...Almost as stunning, perennial conference kingpin Cal State San Bernardino, 22-0 a year ago, was cut down in three sets at home by Cal State L.A., dropping the final game, 25-8.
Twenty-four hours later, some sense of order had been restored...UCSD had to grind Saturday night but ultimately overcame Cal State L.A., 3-1 (28-26, 24-26, 28-26, 25-23)...Freshman Danielle Dahle, who had a negative hitting percentage in her home debut, bounced back with 18 kills, a total matched by McCutchan, and Demos chipped in with 17 while hitting at a white hot .667 clip...As a team, UCSD more than doubled its hitting percentage (.256) which helped it overcome a 12-7 deficit in the blocking department and nine Golden Eagle aces to just one of its own...Sophomore Amber Hawthorne (27) and freshman Heidi Sierks (26) split the setting chores and combined for 53 assists...The Tritons fought off set point situations against them in winning games one and three and McCutchan kills accounted for three of the last five points in the match-clinching fourth...Meanwhile, about two hours away, Cal State San Bernardino also rebounded, brushing aside Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0.
Listen to Head Coach Ricci Luyties' Friday night post-match interview.
Listen to Head Coach Ricci Luyties' Saturday night post-match interview.
Listen to sophomore Lauren Demos' Saturday night post-match interview.
MEN'S WATER POLO SPLITS AT NORCAL TOURNEY
After playing against several of the country's top echelon squads in the first two weeks of the season, the 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team tackles a pair of Division III WWPA rivals on the road this Saturday, facing Whittier and Occidental in back-to-back outings...The Tritons take a 2-3 mark into the weekend following a 2-2 performance at the annual NorCal Tournament last weekend at Stanford.
Coach Denny Harper's crew lost a stinger in its first NorCal outing, letting an early, 4-1, advantage slip away in an 11-8 overtime defeat...UCI had pulled ahead, 5-4, by halftime and had an 8-7 edge before newcomer Tommy Friedrich rifled home the tying goal with one second left in regulation...The Tritons couldn't find the cage in either of the two OT periods, however, losing their second in a row...Juniors Josh Stiling and Luke Syka, the latter back from the injured list, netted two goals each... Playing a better-rested Air Force contingent that afternoon, UCSD went overtime again, but this time emerged on the positive end of an 8-7 result...The Tritons were again best in the opening stages, creating margins of 2-0 and 4-2 at the end of the first two quarters...But the Falcons chipped away in the second half and the teams were tied, 7-7, after 32 minutes...They played to a scoreless draw through the two standard OT segments and UCSD finally prevailed on the first goal of the year for newcomer Brian Roach in the first sudden death session...Stiling was the Tritons' only multi-goal scorer, finishing with three.
Perennial conference nemesis Loyola Marymount used four unanswered fourth quarter goals to sink the Tritons, 10-6, in Sunday's first game...Stiling struck for three more goals to lead UCSD...The Tritons clinched 11th place with an 11-3 rout of UC Davis in their final outing in Palo Alto...Harper's club got going early with four first quarter goals and had constructed a 10-1 lead after three periods...Stiling and sophomore David Higginson were both three-goal scorers and Syka accounted for two more.
CBU INVITATIONAL NEXT UP FOR CROSS COUNTRY
Returning from an off-week following a pair of encouraging season-opening races, Coach Nate Garcia's s Cross Country teams swing back into action this Saturday at the Cal Baptist Invitational in Riverside...The Triton men will go head-to-head with the host squad while the women will contend with Cal Baptist (a team that finished one spot ahead of them at the recent ASICS/UCI Invitational) as well as CCAA foes Cal State L.A. and Cal State San Bernardino... Fifteen of 16 UCSD men will take on the 8K distance while Garcia's full 16-woman will contingent will be going 5K...UCSD is back home in two weeks to host the Triton Classic.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature interviews with head coaches Jon Pascale (men's soccer), Nate Garcia (cross country) and Chris Carlson (men's basketball) as well as sophomore middle blocker Lauren Demos of the women's volleyball team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Alumni Athletes are reminded that Homecoming 2012 is slated for Saturday, Oct. 13...The central event is the annual all-athlete BBQ which will start at noon in the track & field stadium...Click here to register...For more information call (858) 534-8460.
The Women's Volleyball team honored former Triton Karen Reis prior to Saturday night's match with Cal State...Reis, a Bakersfield native who was a four-year letter winner and 2010 graduate, died tragically last January in Coronado along with her brother, David...Her parents, Tom and Patty, as well as siblings Melanie and Mark, were in attendance and presented with a 2012 Triton jersey bearing a "KR heart" patch in Karen's memory.
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