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Natalie Saddic Nets Two in Dominant Performance by No. 2 Tritons' Offense

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team collected a 5-2 win over Humboldt State at Triton Soccer Stadium on Friday night. With the win, UC San Diego improves to 9-0-1 on the season and 4-0-1 in conference play, while the Jacks fall to 1-6-2 overall and 0-4-0 in league action.

The scoring began in just the 10th minute of the contest. Maddy Samilo sent a pass about 20 yards downfield to Michelle Baddour, who then hit Kameryn Hoban with a perfect cross. With a header, Hoban was able to put the ball away up into the left side of the Jack net. 

In the 16th minute, Humboldt State recorded the equalizer, but the Tritons were not done for the half. Natalie Saddic picked up her first goal of the night, sending the ball into the top right of the Humboldt State goal to regain the lead for the Tritons.

In the 66th minute, Mika Celeste extended UC San Diego’s lead. Set up by Emily Killeen, Celeste rocketed the ball up, hitting the crossbar and bouncing into the back of the net.

The scoring continued in the 81st minute. Following a handball by the Jacks, Saddic stepped up to take the penalty kick. Saddic launched a shot past the diving goalie, into the lower right part of the net, for her second goal of the evening and her team-best fifth of the season. 

Although the Jacks scored a little over a minute later, Marissa Ray helped seal the Tritons’ win. With an assist from Kate Hottinger, Ray sent the ball into the lower left of the Jack goal to bring the final score to 5-2.

Next, the Tritons will look to stay hot on Sunday as they host San Francisco State at 2 p.m. at Triton Soccer Stadium.


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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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