LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego battered the Humboldt State University goal to the tune of 27 shots, but could not find a way through in a scoreless women’s soccer stalemate Friday night at Triton Soccer Stadium.
A third consecutive draw puts the UCSD record at 3-1-3 overall and a still-unbeaten 2-0-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Though the Tritons began the day atop the South Division, they ended it in second, one point behind Cal State San Bernardino. HSU moved to 3-3-1 overall and 1-3-1 in league play.
UCSD had at least three legitimate close calls on the offensive end, beginning with sophomore midfielder Maile Nilsson’s (San Diego/The Preuss School UCSD) first-half attempt in the 19th minute that whizzed just high of the crossbar. Freshman forward Devon Roncoroni (San Diego/Bonita Vista HS) hit a right-footed bullet of her own in the 73rd minute which sophomore Jacks goalkeeper Kelly Lukas was barely able to get her hands to in order to parry over the top for a corner kick.
In the first of two 10-minute overtime periods, another UCSD freshman, defender Kylee Southwell, sent an inquisitive long-range effort that looked like it was heading into the upper left corner, only to again be denied by a great effort from Lukas.
Lukas wound up with 10 saves on the night. Fellow sophomore Kelcie Brodsky needed to make just two stops in the UCSD goal for her second shutout of 2013 and 11th of her young career.
The final shots tally read 27-5 in favor of the Tritons, with 14 corner kicks to just two earned by the visitors. Roncoroni led all players with her six shots.
Roncoroni and another freshman San Diego product, Maxia Espino (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS), each drew their first career starts. A third freshman, Colette Zepponi, made her collegiate debut, while sophomore transfer Lyndsay Gehring appeared for the first time in a Triton uniform.
“It was disappointing, to be sure,” said UCSD head coach Brian McManus. “We dominated most aspects, but it came down to quality passing, bravery in the (penalty) box, and taking people on. We need people to have that little bit of maturity necessary to calm things down and just play. Tonight, we were too frantic.”
UCSD plays host to No. 16 Sonoma State (5-0-2, 3-0-2 CCAA) this Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29. Kickoff at Triton Soccer Stadium is slated for 2 p.m., following the men’s game, which begins at 11:30 a.m.