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Natalie Saddic Lifts No. 14 Tritons Late in Double Overtime Thriller

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LOS ANGELES – The No. 14 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team captured a thrilling 2-1 victory against Cal State LA in double overtime on Saturday evening. With the victory, the Tritons finish the regular season with a 14-1-1 overall record and a 9-1-1 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. Cal State LA falls to 6-6-1 on the season and 3-5-1 in conference action.

Neither team was able to score in the first half. The Tritons outshot the Golden Eagles, 13-3, but none of the Tritons’ three shots on-goal were able to find the back of the net. 

In the second half, the Tritons were the first to get on the scoreboard. Delaney Whittet sent a cross to Christina Oddone, who flicked it to Kameryn Hoban. Hoban then sent the ball into the back of the Golden Eagle net in the 74th minute for her third goal of the season. 

A little over six minutes later, Cal State LA came up with the equalizer. With neither team scoring the rest of regulation, the contest entered overtime. 

The teams were scoreless in the first overtime period, looking for a golden goal as the game headed into double overtime. 

In the 104th minute, the Tritons were awarded a penalty kick after a Golden Eagle foul. Natalie Saddic, who was 3-for-3 in penalty kicks entering the game, stepped up to take the kick for the Tritons. Saddic drilled the ball into the upper left corner of the Cal State LA net to clinch the victory for the Tritons.

Next, the Tritons will await their seeding for the upcoming CCAA Tournament. For the latest CCAA standings – which are now based on average points per match – click here. Please note that UC San Diego’s match against Cal State Dominguez Hills, which was initially scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled by the conference due to air quality concerns.

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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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