No. 10 UC San Diego Escapes Pomona With Third Straight 1-0 Road Victory; Mary Reilly Again the Goal-Scorer
POMONA, Calif. - Mary Reilly notched the decider again in the second half as the No. 10 University of California San Diego women's soccer team completed a perfect road weekend with a 1-0 win at California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) foe Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at Kellogg Stadium.
With a third successive 1-0 victory away from home since its lone defeat on Oct. 3 in San Marcos, UC San Diego improved to 12-1-1 overall and 7-1 in the CCAA. The Tritons moved very momentarily atop the league table at the final whistle, but fell back to third, where it started the day, as Sonoma State and Chico State both nabbed dramatic double-overtime winners in their respective matches. Cal Poly Pomona remained winless over its last eight, now at 4-8-2 overall and 0-6-2 in league play.
The game started with a symbolic few touches by the Broncos around their own half as the Tritons of course obliged their hosts' request to honor a pair of seniors with season-ending injuries in Emily Connor and Kalin Tomlinson on Senior Day.
Then in only the second minute, Cal Poly Pomona nearly grabbed the opener, as an attack down the right side resulted in a shot from a dangerous spot by Ally LaCarra-Platt, which she thankfully put high of the intended target. Triton goalkeeper Angelica Ramos made a tremendous save on a 15th-minute try from Ambria Pogue.
Sophomore central midfielder Caitlin McCarthy's (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS) left-footer from 20 yards at the top of the box in the 21st, was UC San Diego's first real foray at the opener, but Sydney Williams managed to catch it with some difficulty.
Ramos was again called upon with about 15 minutes left in the first half, accepting a little contact while bravely getting up to nab a high, right-sided cross from Allison Hung. Seconds later on the other end, Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS) showed some fancy footwork to get to the right diagonal, but sent her shot high over the crossbar.
The lone tally finally came at 55:28. Sophomore midfielder Maddy Samilo (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) picked off an errant pass on her right wing and found Reilly with a left-footed feed, and the fourth-year senior forward did the rest, delicately rounding Williams with a left-foot cut toward the right diagonal, and shooting right-footed into the bottom left of the empty net. It was her 10th goal of the season, and fifth game-winner, both still leading the CCAA.
Ramos, a redshirt junior, finished with five saves for her third straight individual clean sheet and sixth on the year. Williams had eight stops for CPP, including one each on Samilo and Reilly from either diagonal in the waning moments.
Redshirt junior center back Kelsey Kimball, sophomore left back Delaney Whittet and redshirt junior holding central midfielder Natalie Saddic (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) all played the full 90 minutes as well in front of Ramos. True freshman Hana Law started at right back in place of sophomore Natalie Widmer, who was unavailable Sunday, and remained on the pitch for a season-high 59 minutes. She in fact also had to exit due to an ailment, with Saddic finishing the match at right back.
The Tritons return to La Jolla for a final home weekend for the 2018 regular season. They host Cal State LA in primetime this Friday night, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. on UC San Diego Homecoming, followed by a 2 p.m. Senior Day start on Sunday, Oct. 21, against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Admission is free for all, or watch live on UCSDtritons.tv.
Triton Notes: UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 37-13-4, and has won the last four meetings ... The Tritons made their first lineup change of 2018 after using the same starting 11 in each of the first 13 games, this one a mandatory one as sophomore right back Natalie Widmer was unavailable, and true freshman Hana Law thus drew her first collegiate start ... UC San Diego is 9-1 in one-goal decisions in 2018 ... The Tritons have five 1-0 wins in 2018, and 12 now since the start of the 2017 campaign ... Angelica Ramos has 18 shutouts for her UC San Diego career ... Mary Reilly has 43 goals and 105 total points as a Triton ... Reilly remains alone in fifth place in the UC San Diego record book in goals, and moves up from seventh to fifth in points, leapfrogging Carin Pugh (1992-95) and Felicia (Faro) Kappes (1986-89) at 104 apiece ... Reilly's season-by-season goal totals are 11 as a freshman, a career-high 13 as a sophomore, nine a year ago, and 10 now as a senior ... Former Triton stars Sarah (McTigue) Frontiera (2008-11) and Anne Wethe (2008-11) were on hand at Kellogg Stadium ... McTigue was also an assistant coach in the 2012 season that featured a West Region title and run to the national championship game.
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