No. 1 UC San Diego Drops First Game in Over a Year at Cal State San Marcos, 1-0
SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Top-ranked University of California San Diego surrendered a solitary 64th-minute goal and suffered a 1-0 upset at city rival Cal State San Marcos in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women's soccer action at The Cage on Wednesday afternoon.
The first goal that CSUSM had ever scored against UC San Diego, was enough for the Cougars' first win over the Tritons. In addition to serving as UC San Diego's first loss of the 2018 season, the result ended several lengthy streaks for the visitors. The Tritons needed one more win or tie Wednesday to break the program standard of 27 games unbeaten, having gone 23-0-4 since their previous defeat on Sept. 10, 2017. The loss also ended a record 29-game (28-0-1) CCAA undefeated stretch for UC San Diego, as well as a 39-game (37-0-2) run of not losing to a CCAA side in any competition. Both of those dated back to another 1-0 road loss, at Sonoma State, on Oct. 18, 2015. The Tritons were 7-0-3 over their prior 10 matches away from home, and had come out on the right side of 17 consecutive one-goal decisions.
UC San Diego, which had won seven in a row heading in after sweeping a season-long five-game homestand, falls to 9-1-1 overall and 4-1 in the CCAA. The Tritons on Tuesday took the top spot in the United Soccer Coaches national poll for the second successive week. They had blanked the Cougars, 2-0, in a non-conference meeting in La Jolla on Sept. 22. The Cougars improved to 5-4-1 overall and an identical 4-1 in league play. The two teams are now tied for third in the CCAA table.
UC San Diego was 6-0-2 over the first eight matchups in the series. When Lauren Perry struck at 63:47 Wednesday, it ended a streak of 823:47 of shutout soccer for the Tritons against the Cougars.
At that minute, Perry appeared to initially rise to get her head on fellow junior Madyson Brown's right-sided corner kick. The ball immediately deflected back and fell to her right foot. The midfielder then hit a first-time, right-footed shot that went into the upper left corner, just over the head of the Triton defender on that left post. It was Perry's second goal of 2018. Brown was credited with the assist.
Despite having over 26 minutes left to find an equalizer, the Tritons were unable to do so. They finished with a 14-8 shot advantage, with a game-high four coming from senior forward Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS), who continues to lead the CCAA in that category for a fourth year in a row.
Redshirt junior Angelica Ramos wound up with two saves for UC San Diego. Sophomore Yesenia Betancourt (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS) was credited with five stops in posting the individual shutout. The Tritons were also unable to score on Betancourt, in 110 minutes, a year ago in San Marcos, settling for a scoreless tie.
Reilly went just wide to the right in the 22nd minute, and was denied by Betancourt in the 33rd. About 12 minutes into the contest, central midfielder Caitlin McCarthy (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS) hit a great ball over the top of the Cougar left back, for fellow sophomore Maddy Samilo (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) to run onto and take to the end line. CSUSM nearly bungled the winger's cross into their own goal, but the home side escaped.
Ramos had a stellar save of her own before the interval, in the 26th minute, as a turnover put Ashleigh Peterson in a dangerous spot. Ramos went down to her left to parry the shot away.
The Tritons fly to the Bay Area on Saturday, to continue this season-long four-game road stretch at San Francisco State on Sunday, Oct. 7. Kickoff at Cox Stadium is set for 11:05 a.m., with the game being nationally televised by ELEVEN SPORTS.
Triton Notes: UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 6-1-2 ... The Tritons used the same starting lineup for the 11th successive game to begin the season ... Natalie Saddic came off the field for the very first time this season, for the final 7:51 of the opening half.
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