This Week’s Events: Friday, Sept. 14---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---4:30 PM Sat., Sept. 15---Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day Sun., Sept. 16---Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
Friday, Sept. 14---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 14---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Chico State---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 15---Cross Country---UCSD at Southern Stampede---9:00 AM
Sat., Sept. 15---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 16---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---Noon
Sun., Sept. 16---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---2:30 PM
This Week’s Events:
Friday, Sept. 14---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---4:30 PM
Sat., Sept. 15---Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
Sun., Sept. 16---Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
THIRD-RANKED WOMEN’S SOCCER STAYS UNDEFEATED; HOME FRIDAY
Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State visit La Jolla this weekend as the defending CCAA champion Women’s Soccer team plays its first two conference home games Friday and Sunday...Coach Brian McManus’s third-ranked side brings a perfect 5-0 ledger into Friday’s tilt after winning a pair of CCAA road matches last weekend.
Junior Natasha Belak Berger’s third goal of the season lifted UCSD to a 1-0 victory over BYU-Hawaii last Tuesday in Laie...Berger, who scored two goals all last year, found the net just 14 minutes into the game, one-touching a 30-yd. diagonal cross from fellow junior Kelly Mayo and bending it around the keeper to the far post...In goal, junior Jessica McGovern had to make only two saves while recording the shutout...UCSD owned a 10-5 advantage in the shots column and took six corner kicks to four for the Seasiders.
The Tritons started their CCAA title defense with a 2-1 victory at Cal State San Bernardino on Friday...Berger struck first again, gathering an Alie Avina pass between two defenders and buried it 15 minutes into the game...Eight minutes later, UCSD went up 2-0 on a header by Mayo...Alexia Zatarain delivered a textbook corner kick, Avina went into the air drawing the keeper and Mayo followed up with the finish... UCSD held edges in shots (12-8) and corners (7-1), but McGovern was forced to make five saves as the Coyotes applied significant second half pressure while cutting the margin in half.
The Tritons made it five straight Sunday, copping a big, 2-1, win against Cal Poly Pomona at one of the conference’s toughest venues...UCSD got a huge lift in the waning seconds of the first half when freshman Remy Hitt hurriedly took a corner kick opportunity and found Avina who headed it home from short range...Berger upped it to 2-0, 18 minutes into the second half, making a diagonal run to take a nifty feed from senior Ali Lai...A late Bronco goal tightened matters up but UCSD's defense held over the final 10 minutes to secure the team's ninth straight CCAA regular season win.
MEN’S SOCCER PLAYS CONFERENCE HOME OPENER FRIDAY
After splitting its first two conference outings on the road, Coach Derek Armstrong’s Men’s Soccer team (1-2) returns home to host CCAA North Division rivals Cal State Monterey Bay (Fri.) and San Francisco State (Sun.).
The Tritons dropped their season opener, 1-0, to NAIA toughie Concordia on Tuesday...The Eagles held sway in the first half but UCSD’s defense kept the ball out of the goal...Concordia got the game-winner in the 72nd minute but the goal seemed to energize the Triton offense which generated a number of good chances, including a Tony Choi free kick that clanged off the crossbar...UCSD held a 13-12 edges in shots and the two squads were even in the corner kick department with seven each.
The Tritons came from behind Friday to gain a 2-1 overtime triumph at Cal State San Bernardino...The Coyotes led, 1-0, scoring in the 26th minute, until the 86:38 mark when sophomores Tony Choi and Shane Micheil connected, Micheil heading in Choi’s cross to knot things up...That forced OT and UCSD wasted no time as junior Tom Caplan notched his first goal of the season polishing off a Jon Sawyer pass just 2:06 into the extra session...Shots (13-8) and corner kicks (4-1) favored UCSD and freshman Peter Akman went the distance in goal.
The week ended on a down note as the Tritons dropped a 1-0 battle at Cal Poly Pomona, surrendering the lone goal of the game on a corner kick at 62:26...UCSD took five corners to just four for the Broncos but were outshot, 12-5, on the afternoon.
CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS SET TO PREVIEW NCAA COURSE
Coach Nate Garcia and the Triton Cross Country teams fly to Joplin, MO this week for Saturday’s Southern Stampede being run on the same course that will host the 2007 NCAA Division II Championships in two months. The women will run 5K and the men 8K.
Based on the results of last Saturday’s UC Irvine Invitational, both teams appear to be progressing nicely...The UCSD women were a solid fifth at the UCI event, finishing behind only four Division I opponents in the 12-team, 5K race on the Irvine campus...The senior trio of Emily McGregor (7th/18:24.0), Diane Dunn (12th/18:29.7) and Amanda Burkhardt (23rd/18:55.7) were again 1-2-3 for UCSD...With Ashleigh Montgomery (30th/19:17.1) and Catherine Strouse (44th/19:33.1) rounding out the scoring, the Tritons left four D-I squads in their wake.
Like the women’s race, the men’s 8K competition was originally scheduled for Central Park in Huntington Beach...The late change to the campus venue apparently caused some confusion as the entire field took a turn that cut the course short and an undetermined number of runners wound up taking another detour, throwing the final placement and team standings into question...Regardless, it was an impressive outing for the Tritons whose team tactics resulted in their top six runners finishing within 42 seconds of each other...Junior Jake LeVieux was credited with 22nd place in a time of 25:33.0...Next in order were Greg Geldman (33rd/25:57.10), Max Mullender (38th/26:02.9), Kevin Klein (42nd/26:11.6), Daniel Anderson (43rd/26:11.8) and Gabe LaMothe (46th/26:15.20)...Last year’s No. 1 runner, sophomore Jesse Morrill, who has not raced yet this season, is slated to return for the Boise Invitational, site of the 2007 NCAA West Regionals, in two weeks.
TOUGH NORCAL TOURNEY NEXT FOR MEN’S WATER POLO
Now 5-3 after capturing three-of-four games at the Inland Empire Tournament, Coach Denny Harper’s Men’s Water Polo team will have the competition ratcheted up when it travels to Berkeley for the annual NorCal Tournament, starting Saturday...Harper & Co. open against Long Beach State and will face either USC or UC Santa Cruz in game two.
At Redlands in Saturday’s first two games of the Inland Empire event, the 11th-ranked Tritons topped Cal Lutheran, 11-4, behind three goals apiece from Steven Donohoe and Chance Vermilyea and came back to shred La Verne, 15-4, with Vermilyea registering another four markers...Freshman goalie Adam Rule turned away 11 shots in the two contests.
Sunday, things went according to plan in the first game as Vermilyea and Daniel Garcia racked up four goals apiece and UC breezed past Claremont, 13-4...It was upset city in game two, however, with underdog Redlands shocking the Tritons, 12-10...UCSD trailed, 8-7, at the break with the Bulldogs getting a pair of favorable rulings on tough calls in the concluding seconds of the first two periods... Redlands extended the lead to 11-8 before holding off a late UCSD rally...Harper’s club had plenty of opportunities to change the outcome...UCSD drew nine more ejections (12-3) than the Bulldogs but was able to convert just five and missed 24 shots...Garcia scored three goals and Vermilyea a pair to lead the Tritons.
VOLLEYBALL HITS ROAD AFTER SPLITTING CCAA OPENING WEEKEND
Coach Tom Black’s ninth-ranked Women’s Volleyball team takes to the road this weekend for CCAA matches at Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State...The Tritons are 7-3 overall and 1-1 in conference after winning on the road but losing at home to open league play last weekend.
Friday night, UCSD overwhelmed host Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (30-13, 30-18, 30-25), hitting a sizzling .391 for the match, posting a 10-3 blocking advantage and firing 14 aces at the Toros...Senior Casey Wilson led the offense with 10 kills while senior Natalie Facchini led the serving barrage with five aces.
Twenty-four hours later at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons were knocked off by No. 20 Cal State L.A., 3-1 (30-27, 30-28, 25-30, 32-30)...Only two total points separated the teams after two hours and 10 minutes of play and it looked for a time as though the struggling home team might be able to grind out a victory...Black’s club held late leads in all three of the games it lost and actually out-hit the Eagles (.138-.126) on the night... Senior Amber Ries (17 kills) was a constant for the inconsistent Tritons.
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