THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Wed., Sept. 19---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 21---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Marcos---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 22---Cross Country---UCSD at Boise Invitational---8:30 AM
Sun., Sept. 23---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---12:00 PM
UNDEFEATED WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM HOSTS CAL STATE L.A. SUNDAY
No. 2 in the country and undefeated through seven games, Coach Brian McManus’s Women’s Soccer team travels to play dangerous Cal State Dominguez Hills on Wednesday and then faces another CCAA South Division foe Cal State L.A. at home, Sunday afternoon...The Tritons come into Wednesday's game 7-0 overall and perfect in four CCAA outings.
A dull performance ultimately resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Tritons Friday against Cal State Monterey Bay...Junior Kelly Mayo scored from short range off a set piece less than two minutes into the contest and, although in control, UCSD seemed to sleepwalk through most of the first half, getting a second goal late on a nice individual effort by freshman Lisa Bradley...The Tritons started clicking in more typical fashion during the second half, scoring their final goal on a nifty header by Rachel Lindenfeld off a perfectly placed Chelsey Campbell cross...UC outshot the Otters, 23-1.
Two days later, the Tritons wore down visiting San Frnacisco State, 3-0...Leading scorer Natasha Belak-Berger got the home side on top early gathering in a Campbell chip over the defense and then beating SFSU keeper Sarah Baldares...The game Gators made the Tritons work all afternoon but finally succumbed as senior Ali Lai and freshman Remy Hitt connected for goals four minutes apart to ice the verdict...Lai’s score, her third of the year, came after sweeper Alie Avina put a long pass over the top which eventually found the foot of senior Lauren Segars in the right side of the box...Segars battled past her defender to deliver a short cross that was pulled in by Lai, who made no mistake from close range...Hitt’s first collegiate goal came courtesy of senior Nicole Pepper who out-hustled and out-muscled her SFSU mark to get the ball forward to Hitt who beat Baldares to the far side...UCSD outshot the Gators, 19-7, and goalkeeper Jessica McGovern recorded two saves...It was career win No. 350 for McManus.
MEN’S SOCCER HOME FOR TWO THIS WEEKEND
Trying to get the offense untracked after a winless conference weekend at home, the Men’s Soccer team plays at Cal State Dominguez Hills Wednesday, hosts in-county NAIA rival Cal State San Marcos Friday and then gets back to CCAA action Sunday when Cal State L.A. visits La Jolla...Coach Derek Armstrong’s unit is now 1-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in league play...Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. are 1-2 in the CCAA South Division standings.
Perhaps as entertaining as 110 minutes of scoreless soccer can be, the Tritons battled up-and-coming Cal State Monterey Bay to a 0-0 overtime tie Friday night...The shots were even, 12-12, and although the bigger, quicker Otters applied heavy pressure early, UCSD had a number of good chances, none better than back-to-back point blank shots inside the box by Jon Sawyer and Tony Choi in the first minutes of overtime No. 1...Keeper Peter Akman had four saves.
UCSD took 14 shots against San Francisco State Sunday but again failed to find the back of the net, falling, 2-0, to the visiting Gators...SFSU got its first goal from leading scorer Dylan Glass, 4:14 into the match, and added an insurance tally early in the second half...Both teams earned a pair of corners and Akman tacked on seven more saves for UCSD.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL FACE SAN BERNARDINO, CAL POLY POMONA AT HOME
Now 8-4 overall and 2-2 in CCAA play, Coach Tom Black’s 16th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team returns home for a pair of challenging conference matches at RIMAC Arena...Defending CCAA champ Cal State San Bernardino comes in Friday followed by Cal Poly Pomona the next evening...San Bernardino and Pomona are both undefeated so far in league play.
Still struggling to fire on all cylinders, the Tritons suffered a 3-1 (30-17, 30-21, 30-32, 30-21) defeat on the road against No. 20 Chico State last Friday night...Senior Amber Ries (.300) and junior Rebecca Bailey (.194) with 12 kills apiece were the only offensive weapons working as UCSD was outhit (.303-.115) by the Wildcats...Bailey also had two aces and 10 digs.
The Tritons rebounded Saturday night at Cal State Stanislaus, riding an 11-kill (.310) performance from Casey Wilson to a 3-0 (30-12, 30-28, 30-28) victory...The productive Wilson also recorded nine digs, two solo blocks and an ace...UCSD hit a solid .296 as a team and burned the Warriors with 12 aces...Senior libero Natalie Facchini had four of those aces to go with a match high 14 digs...Setter Elaine Chen handed out 31 assists.
MEN’S WATER POLO SPLITS AT NORCAL TOURNEY
Following a 2-2 performance at the annual NorCal Tournament in Berkeley, the Men’s Water Polo team will have the week off to gear up for its Sept. 27 home match-up against Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) rival Loyola Marymount...Coach Denny Harper’s Tritons are now 7-5 on the season.
Five different players hit the scoreboard in the NorCal opener against No. 9 Long Beach State but a six-goal second half pushed the 49ers past the 14th-ranked Tritons, 9-6...Sophomore Daniel Garcia scored two to lead UCSD while freshman goalie Mark Stemler turned away four shots...In Saturday’s second game, the Tritons overcame a slow start to down UC Santa Cruz, 16-9, with Garcia (5), Chance Vermilyea (3) and Sean Roberts (3) leading the goal parade.
Sunday morning, the Tritons led wire-to-wire in beating Pacific, 14-9...Senior Curtis Williamson and sophomore Peter Gresham netted three goals apiece while Vermilyea and Roberts both chipped in with two...In the tournament finale, UCSD lost, 13-7, to No. 8 UC Davis...Six third period goals by the Aggies proved too much to overcome...Garcia scored three goals and Jeff Hunt two for the Tritons.
BOISE INVITATIONAL NEXT UP FOR CROSS COUNTRY AFTER SUCCESSFUL MISSOURI RACE
After getting a firsthand look at the 2007 NCAA Division II Championship course in Joplin, MO last weekend, Coach Nate Garcia and the Cross Country team will preview the NCAA Division II West Regional layout Saturday at the Boise Invitational, again going 5K and 8K.
Garcia’s women’s club was stellar at the Southern Stampede in Joplin last Saturday, claiming third place in the 37-team field behind Division I Tulsa and D-II foe Missouri Southern...It was again the senior triumvirate of Diane Dunn (9th/17:49), Emily McGregor (15th/18:08) and Amanda Burkhardt (24th/18:24) pacing UCSD over the 5K route...Juniors Ashleigh Montgomery (49th/18:53) and Catherine Strouse (53rd/18:57) rounded out the scoring...After Saturday’s effort, Garcia touted Dunn as “a potential top 15” finisher at nationals and said the 6K distance at the NCAA meet should bring McGregor closer to the forefront as well...Another highlight was the work of UCSD’s sixth finisher, freshman Brianna Alban(81st/19:21) who Garcia feels “is starting to figure it out.”
The Triton men, running 8K with a split squad, placed 11th out of 36 teams in a race won by Division I Arkansas...UCSD’s five-man scoring contingent was all juniors, led by Kevin Klein (36th/35:36) who “did a great job of assuming the leadership role” according to Garcia...Next was Gabe LaMothe (40th/25:41), who along with Klein picked off about 15 places in the last 2K...In order behind La Mothe were Greg Geldman (60th/25:59), Matt Noble (99th/26:26) and Timur Crone ( 106th/26:32)...Three of the Tritons’ top seven runners made the trek to Missouri and the other four will be traveling to Boise this weekend.
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