Mary Reilly Finds Target Late as No. 10 Tritons Beat Cal State San Bernardino, 1-0
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Tenth-ranked University of California San Diego left it late, but after dominating the action, ultimately found a winner through Mary Reilly in defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 1-0, in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women's soccer action at Premier Field on Friday afternoon.
With a second consecutive 1-0 road triumph, UC San Diego improved to 11-1-1 overall and 6-1 in the CCAA. Cal State San Bernardino dropped to 4-8 overall and 3-4 in league play. The Tritons momentarily moved from third in the CCAA table, up into second, but still sit alone in third through Friday action after Chico State edged No. 25 Sonoma State at home to end the day, also 1-0 on an 88th-minute goal.
Less than 30 seconds after the opening whistle, Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS), a senior forward, had a one-on-one with the Coyote goalie, but her shot went high.
In the 22nd minute, Natalie Saddic (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) played it out wide to Megumi Barber (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS) on the right wing, who returned the pass, only for the junior co-captain's right-footed shot to glance off the crossbar.
In the 24th minute, sophomore winger Maddy Samilo (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) crossed in from the right, with Reilly's hard shot saved by Carly Luna.
The 37th minute saw Ashlynn Kolarik's left-sided cross one-timed left-footed by fellow true freshman Marissa Ray, and Luna rising to make a difficult save. With under four to go in the first half, Saddic found the bar with her right foot again, this time from a direct free kick.
The second half was much the same way in terms of being largely one-way traffic, as CSUSB threatened very little. Reilly found the left post with a right-footed shot in the 83rd. Earlier in the 59th, sophomore teammate Michelle Baddour (San Diego/University City HS) put her through on goal following a nice run, but Luna made the save. It always felt like the goal was coming.
Finally at 87:27, it did, courtesy of Reilly for her ninth of the season and fourth game-winner, both league bests. She took a short pass from Ray and from 20 yards out at the top of the box, got underneath the ball and lifted her right-footed shot over Luna and into the back of the net. Ray's assist was her fourth of 2018.
Redshirt junior Triton goalkeeper Angelica Ramos made two saves, handling the only two shots that CSUSB was credited with taking on the afternoon, to post her second straight shutout and fifth on the year. Luna finished with five stops.
One of those shots came in the 38th minute by reigning CCAA Player of the Week, Gabby Evaristo. The other was an 86th-minute Haidee Duran free kick. UC San Diego wound up with 15 attempts, with seven from Reilly to equal her season high.
Saddic, redshirt junior center back Kelsey Kimball and sophomore left back Delaney Whittet each played the full 90 minutes in front of Ramos. Sophomore right back Natalie Widmer remained on the field for a season-low 43 minutes while nursing an injury, paving the way for true freshman Hana Law to play a season-high 47 minutes in just her third collegiate appearance.
The Tritons conclude a season-long four-game road stretch in Pomona this Sunday, Oct. 14, at Cal Poly Pomona. Kickoff at Kellogg Stadium is slated for 2 p.m.
Triton Notes: UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 35-6-6, and has won the last three meetings, all 1-0 ... The Tritons used the same starting lineup for the 13th successive game to begin the season ... UC San Diego is 8-1 in one-goal decisions in 2018 ... The Tritons have four 1-0 wins in 2018, and 11 now since the start of the 2017 campaign ... Angelica Ramos has 17 shutouts for her UC San Diego career ... Mary Reilly has 42 goals and 103 total points as a Triton ... Reilly is now alone in fifth place in the UC San Diego record book in goals, and alone in seventh in points ... Reilly's latest regulation winner previously came at 88:49 in a CCAA Tournament semifinal, another 1-0 road victory, against host Stanislaus State on Nov. 4, 2016.
W⚽️: #UCSanDiego GOAL! 88’ Mary Reilly (9) (Marissa Ray). Finally! Mar takes short pass from Riss Ray and hits underneath ball from 20 yards, chipping it over GK for her @goccaa-best 9th of 2018. And that’s your winner! 🙌🔱 #GoTritons #Tritons #CCAAws #D2SOC #HailMary @goccaa pic.twitter.com/ndFsPwyRqH— UCSD Athletics (@UCSDtritons) October 13, 2018
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