Freshman Duo Lifts No. 1 Tritons to Victory Over Otters
MONTEREY BAY, Calif. – The No. 1 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Otter Sports Complex. With the victory, UC San Diego improves to 6-0-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. The Tritons hand the Otters their first loss, as they fall to 6-1-1 overall and 1-1-0 in conference action.
Less than five minutes into the match, Mika Celeste opened the scoring. Taking a corner kick, the freshman sent the ball to nearby Michelle Baddour, who quickly returned it to her. From about 20 yards out, Celeste sent the ball over the hands of the diving Otter goalie and into the left side of the net. Celeste’s goal was her second on the season, while Baddour picked up her team-best fourth assist.
The Tritons extended their lead late in the contest in the 78th minute. From the left side, Ashlynn Kolarik sent a cross near the left post of the Otter goal. Erika Braun was positioned perfectly, sliding to put the ball into the back of the net. Braun’s goal was her first of her collegiate career, while Kolarik earned her second assist of the season.
"It was only a matter of time before these freshmen started producing," said Head Coach Kristin Jones about the first-year Tritons. "They are all so talented and we knew once they learned our system and got more minutes under their belts they were going to give us good performances."
In the net, Angelica Ramos came away her sixth clean sheet of the year. Ramos played all 90 minutes, recording two saves.
"I'm very happy with the team overall today, especially their response after the disappointing result on Friday," said Jones. "The quality of soccer this weekend was outstanding."
Next, the Tritons return home to begin a seven-game homestand. UC San Diego begins by hosting Cal Poly Pomona at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. It will be a “Think Pink” match in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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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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