SAN DIEGO - Fourth-year senior forward Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS) of the No. 1-ranked University of California San Diego women's soccer program was named late Thursday as a San Diego Hall of Champions (SDHOC) Star of the Month for September.
Reilly scored eight goals as UC San Diego went 8-0-1 during the month and ascended to the No. 1 national ranking in the NCAA Division II for the first time in over 16 years. A career-high-tying four came in a 6-1 home thumping of Cal State Monterey Bay in the Tritons’ California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opener on Sept. 14. Three of Reilly’s goals went down as game winners, the first one at Division I Hawai’i on Sept. 7. She leads the CCAA in shots (52) for a fourth straight season, as well as in goals (eight), points (16) and game-winners (tied-three). Her most recent goal on Friday, Sept. 28, was No. 41 for her career, which ties her for fifth all-time at UC San Diego, and pushed her over 100 career points, now at 101. Reilly is the all-time leader in both categories for the program's Division II era, since 2000.
Reilly is now a two-time SDHOC honoree for her career, having previously been selected as a true freshman in 2015, for November. She is the second UC San Diego student-athlete to be recognized for the 2018-19 academic year, joining women's volleyball junior middle blocker Jessica Rieble from August.
UC San Diego (9-1-1, 4-1 CCAA) flies to San Francisco on Saturday, and plays at San Francisco State on Sunday, Oct. 7. Kickoff is slated for 11:35 a.m. at Cox Stadium, for a nationally-televised tilt on ELEVEN SPORTS. An online stream is also available, for free, on BAOSN.tv.
Each month, the San Diego Hall of Champions honors as many as four professional, six amateur and six high school athletes as Stars of the Month for their outstanding athletic accomplishments. Stars of the Month are recognized in the San Diego Union-Tribune, via the Hall of Champions' app, social media channels and website, and at San Diego's premier sports awards gala, Salute to the Champions. They also receive a Breitbard Star of the Month Certificate of Athletic Achievement. Top-performing Stars of the Month can also earn Star of the Year accolades. Those considered are either from San Diego, or have achieved stardom for local teams.
Reilly makes it nine Tritons named as San Diego Hall of Champions Stars of the Month for the 2018 calendar year:
• Mikayla Williams, women's basketball (January)
• Tanner Syftestad, men's volleyball (January)
• Alex Eliopulos, baseball (February)
• Christian Bayne, men's basketball (February)
• Ciara Franke, women's swimming and diving, women's water polo (March)
• Robyn Wampler, softball (April)
• Zander Clarke, baseball (May)
• Jessica Rieble, women's volleyball (August)
• Mary Reilly, women's soccer (September)
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