Reilly Rampages for Four as No. 2 Tritons Roll Over Otters, 6-1, to Kick CCAA Title Defense Off in Style
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS) produced a first-half hat trick en route to a four-goal evening and the second-ranked University of California San Diego women's soccer team combined for a six-goal outburst in cruising past Cal State Monterey Bay, 6-1, in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opener for both sides Friday night at Triton Soccer Stadium.
With the victory, two-time reigning regular-season champion and preseason favorite UC San Diego remains unbeaten at 5-0-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCAA. CSUMB drops to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in league play.
The Tritons stay unbeaten over their last 23 games (19-0-4) overall going back to last season, which is a new record for their Division II era, since 2000. It eclipses the record 22-game win streak from Sept. 24, 2000, through Sept. 12, 2001. UC San Diego also extended its record CCAA undefeated streak, now to 26 games (25-0-1) dating back to the 2015 campaign.
In addition to Reilly's haul, which matched her single-game career high, and was her largest home output, strike partner and fellow fourth-year senior Megumi Barber (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS) added yet another long-distance strike, blasting home a 49th-minute free kick. Sophomore forward Alexis Kirson rounded out the scoring from the penalty spot with just two ticks left on the clock.
Reilly opened the scoring at the 14:23 mark, running onto fourth-year senior winger and team co-captain Summer Bales' deep ball down the left flank, cutting her defender onto her right foot, and firing from the left diagonal into the upper right netting. The assist went to Bales. All three seniors were involved in the sequence, as it was Barber who gave Bales a square pass.
At 19:34, it was 2-0, as Reilly took full advantage of a defensive miscue, stealing the ball and dribbling forward before unleashing another right-footed shot from just inside the area on the right, that went off the left post and in, unassisted.
Reilly completed her hat trick in a span of 19:27, scoring her third at 33:50, that looked a lot like the first. This time it was sophomore central midfielder Caitlin McCarthy (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS) with the inch-perfect through ball down the left side. Reilly again corralled it, cut her defender into the penalty area and onto her right foot, and shot high to the near-side netting. McCarthy notched the assist.
Right after the break in the 48th, the Otters drew a foul on the left side about 25 or so yards out and to her full credit, Sahana Bojorquez stepped up and scored a marvelous free-kick goal that hit off the right post past a diving Ramos, and traveled in for the junior midfielder's first of 2018.
That jubilation didn't last long, however, and it was Barber effectively duplicating what Bojorquez had conjured up. Reilly was fouled just off the left side of the penalty area. Barber produced a magnificent, curling shot that went high to the opposite corner for her second. It was just 48 seconds after the CSUMB tally.
Reilly's fourth came in the 60th, assisted by both Bales and McCarthy. McCarthy stole the ball inside her offensive half, and played Bales on the left flank. Bales took one touch forward, and sent in a cross that Reilly and her defender converged on on the short hop. Reilly was first to it, and looped a soft right-footer off Stephanie Busch's fingertips and into the left side. She took a slight knock in the scrum, but came away unscathed before calling it a night a couple of minutes later.
Kirson finally capped the scoring with her first collegiate goal. True freshman right back Hana Law passed forward on her right side for sophomore forward Mia Bonifazi, who brilliantly sent Kirson on a breakaway with the final seconds counting down. The product of Las Vegas, Nev., rounded reserve goalie Victoria Whyte, but was dragged down by Zoe Ramer with just the empty net in front of her. She was rewarded with the penalty attempt, and made no mistake, right-footed to the left.
UC San Diego finished with a 23-6 shot advantage, including 16-1 in the first half.
The score line allowed 13 UC San Diego bench players to get on the field, indeed meaning all 24 Tritons in uniform saw action. That included true freshman Lucy Tang making her college debut, and Wilkes and redshirt sophomore Georgia Lodge their season debuts. Another redshirt sophomore, Sydney Davey (La Jolla/La Jolla HS), who sat out each of her first two years due to separate injuries, also earned the first appearance of her career, coming on at left back for the final 23:35.
Redshirt junior co-captain Natalie Saddic (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) was the only Triton to remain on the field for the entirety of the 90 minutes, with the first 70 as the holding central midfielder, and the remainder at center back. Every field player was on the pitch for at least 12 minutes.
Reilly moved up from a tie for 10th on the program's all-time list, to seventh alone, leapfrogging former strike partner Katie O'Laughlin, at 37 goals, and reaching 38.
UC San Diego hosts Cal State East Bay this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. East Bay (5-1, 0-1 CCAA) suffered its first loss of the year, 2-0, at Cal State San Marcos earlier Friday. The 14th-ranked, also-undefeated (5-0, 1-0 CCAA) Triton men, will kick off the doubleheader at 11:30 a.m. Parking and admission are free at Triton Soccer Stadium on North Campus in La Jolla, or watch both games on UCSDtritons.tv.
Triton Notes: UC San Diego remains an unbeaten 14-0-1 all-time against CSUMB, outscoring the Otters, 47-6 ... UC San Diego has allowed 12 goals during this 23-game unbeaten streak, with one own goal, one penalty kick, and one free kick ... Each of UC San Diego's first four wins in 2018 were by one-goal margins, with the Tritons scoring more than two goals for the first time ... The Tritons had managed more than two goals in just one game over their last 18, that being the 4-3 home triumph over Sonoma State in the 2017 CCAA Tournament final ... The six goals are UC San Diego's most, and five-goal margin its biggest, since a 6-0 win at Cal State East Bay on Oct. 23, 2016 ... Mary Reilly's other four-goal effort was in a 4-2 win her freshman year at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Oct. 2, 2015 ... Reilly tallied a pair in each half that night, meaning tonight marked her first first-half hat trick ... She now has six multiple-goal performances as a Triton, with two four-goal outbursts, and four two-goal efforts ... UC San Diego is 21-0-1 over its last 22 home dates ... Summer Bales and Caitlin McCarthy share the team lead at three assists apiece, with Bales now at 18 for her career, and McCarthy at nine.
W⚽️: ICYMI here are all 4️⃣ of @UnitedCoaches and @goccaa Player of the Week Mary Reilly's goals from last Friday's 6-1 rout of CSUMB, as well as another Megumi Barber banger.#GoTritons 🔱 #UCSanDiego #Tritons #HailMary #BangersOnly #CCAAws #D2SOC #NCAAD2 @NCAADII pic.twitter.com/wWsu36Oy12— UCSD Athletics (@UCSDtritons) September 20, 2018