No. 10 UC San Diego Overwhelms San Francisco State, 5-0, to Move On to Fourth Straight CCAA Title Match
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 10th-ranked University of California San Diego women's soccer team routed San Francisco State, 5-0, in the semifinals of the 2018 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament at Triton Soccer Stadium on Friday afternoon.
UC San Diego, the three-time reigning and record 11-time champion, and top-seeded host for the second straight year, improved to 16-2-1 overall. Fourth-seeded San Francisco State sees its 2018 campaign end at 10-6-3 overall. The Gators were making their first postseason appearance since winning their only CCAA tourney banner in 2010. That year, they knocked out the Tritons in the semifinals.
Coming off a 1-0 loss at Chico State to end the regular season, the Tritons were looking to get that sour taste out of their mouth, and loudly accomplished that mission. Their two first-half goals came, not by accident, from CCAA Offensive Player of the Year Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS) and repeat CCAA Defensive Player of the Year Natalie Saddic (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS), as those largely-known distinctions were awarded officially by the league office on Thursday afternoon.
Three second-half goals sealed it.
UC San Diego will vie for a record 12th CCAA Tournament banner in front of its home crowd this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. The opponent for the second year in succession, is No. 3 seed Sonoma State, which outlasted second-seeded Chico State through a penalty-kick tiebreaker, 3-1, after a 1-1 draw, in the first game of the day. The Tritons edged the Seawolves, 4-3, in an instant classic last November.
Reilly opened the scoring in the 21st minute, getting on the end of a right-sided cross by sophomore winger Maddy Samilo (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) at the near post. It was her league-leading 14th, for a new single-season career high, and also turned out to be her CCAA-best seventh game-winner.
Saddic made it 2-0 in the 37th, tracking freshman Ashlynn Kolarik's right-sided corner kick perfectly to the back post, and getting a strong header on it to guide the ball into the opposite-side netting for her second goal of 2018. It was Kolarik's first collegiate assist.
Within 14 minutes after the interval, the result was no longer in any doubt. Samilo notched her fourth at 53:32, settling a left-sided cross by co-captain Summer Bales with her chest before shooting past Gator sophomore Nicki Rucki. Megumi Barber (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS) had fed fellow fourth-year senior Bales, and was thus also credited with an assist. For Bales, it was her CCAA- and career-best ninth.
In the 59th, it was Bales on the scoring end, for the first of her final campaign. The left outside midfielder gathered Samilo's cross from the right, which was also nodded on by Reilly in the middle, and hit the back of the net with her left-footed shot. Samilo's two assists in the game gave her three for the year, and a collegiate-best four total points on the afternoon. It was a second helper this year for Reilly.
Kolarik nabbed the fifth, at 73:09, as two true freshmen combined. Reserve winger Lucy Tang provided the cross from the right, and Kolarik shot high from just behind the penalty spot, with Rucki getting a hand to it, but not being able to keep it out. Kolarik's second goal gave Tang a first collegiate point through the assist.
Neither redshirt junior goalkeeper Angelica Ramos, nor sophomore Katie Wilkes, had to make a save, as UC San Diego only surrendered two shots, both in the second half, and both off target. Wilkes came on for the final 7:16 as the duo combined for the Tritons' 10th clean sheet as a team in 2018.
On the other end, among 22 attempts for the Tritons, they beat Rucki, the CCAA Goalkeeper of the Year, to the tune of five goals. Rucki stopped nine shots before giving way to senior Domenique Banta, who had one save over the last 16:51 The five scores were a season high against the Gators. UC San Diego eclipsed the 20-shot mark for the eighth time in 2018..
For Sunday's final, the first 300 UC San Diego students with proper identification, will receive free entry. Parking will be free for everybody on North Campus in La Jolla. Those unable to watch can view the game, without charge, on UCSDtritons.tv, or access the closed caption stream on the tournament page here.
Triton Notes: UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 19-3-6, with five straight wins ... The Tritons are an undefeated 10-0-4 over their last 14 meetings with the Gators, and have not allowed a goal to San Francisco State in 641:27, since the first half of a 1-1 draw in La Jolla in 2013 ... UC San Diego is now 22-4-4 over its 18 CCAA Tournament appearances, with eight consecutive victories as the three-time reigning champion ... The Tritons will play in a 12th CCAA Tournament final on Sunday ... They are an undefeated 10-0-1 with 11 banners in finals ... UC San Diego utilized the same starting lineup for the 17th time in 19 games this year ... Senior co-captain Summer Bales started her 42nd consecutive game on the left side of midfield ... Redshirt junior co-captain Natalie Saddic started her 58th straight match.
W⚽️: 🎥 of No. 🔟 #UCSanDiego's two first-half goals yesterday to send #Tritons on their way to 5-0 win in #CCAAws Tournament semifinals. Goals by @goccaa Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year Mary Reilly and Natalie Saddic. ⭐️🔱 #GoTritons #D2SOC #RoadToPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/p8JmqnSLhI— UCSD Athletics (@UCSDtritons) November 3, 2018
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