No. 1 Tritons Defeat Crosstown Rival on the Road to Remain Unbeaten
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 1 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team defeated Cal State San Marcos 2-0 in a nonconference contest at The Cage on Thursday afternoon. With the victory, UC San Diego remains unbeaten and improves to 5-0, while the Cougars fall to 1-2-1.
The Tritons grabbed the lead at the 18:34 mark. Natalie Saddic launched the ball into the top left corner of the net, out of reach of the diving Cougar goalie, to put the Tritons up 1-0. The goal was Saddic’s team-best third of the season.
UC San Diego extended its lead shortly after halftime. Natalie Widmer sent a throw in to Mika Celeste, who was positioned a little past the penalty arc. Celeste then rocketed a left-footed shot into the Cougar net to make it a 2-0 contest. The freshman’s goal was her first of her collegiate career.
In the net, Angelica Ramos made one save as she recorded her fourth clean sheet on the season. The redshirt senior played all 90 minutes in the net.
UC San Diego was in control for the majority of the game. The Tritons had possession for 65% of the match, compared to the Cougars' 35%.
Next, the Tritons will remain on the road as they begin conference play. UC San Diego will open California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) competition at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Cal State East Bay. The Tritons hold a 10-1-1 record in their all-time series with Pioneers.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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