This Week’s Events:
Monday, Oct. 22---Men’s Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day
Tuesday, Oct. 23---Men’s Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day
Friday, Oct. 26---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Chandler Cup---All Day
Friday, Oct. 26---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---4:30 PM
Friday, Oct. 26---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 26---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Friday, Oct. 26---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine---7:00 PM
Saturday, Oct. 27---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Chandler Cup---All Day
Saturday, Oct. 27---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Loyola Marymount---12:00 PM
Saturday, Oct. 27---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Saturday, Oct. 27---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Biola (Exhibition)---7:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 28---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Chandler Cup---All Day
Sunday, Oct. 28---Crew---San Diego Row for the Cure at Mission Bay---7:00 AM
Sunday, Oct. 28---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---12:00 PM
Sunday, Oct. 28---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:30 PM
NO. 16 WOMEN’S SOCCER FINISHES REGULAR SEASON ON ROAD
Despite a rash of injuries that has left his club seriously depleted, Coach Brian McManus and the Women’s Soccer team came away with a home split last weekend and now host Cal State San Bernardino (Friday) and Cal Poly Pomona (Sunday) to complete the regular season...The Tritons, who fell to No. 16 in the most recent national poll, are 12-2-1 overall and holding on to the top rung in the CCAA’s South Division with a 9-2-1 mark and a five-point cushion over second place Cal State Dominguez Hills.
With just 14 players dressed, the Tritons lost a tough, 1-0, decision to visiting Chico State Friday night...A costly turnover deep in its own end cost UCSD as the Wildcats got the game’s lone goal at the 30:30 mark of the first half...The two teams each won five corner kicks and UCSD had a 12-10 advantage in shots...Junior keeper Jessica McGovern turned away six shots.
Sunday, senior Caitlin Ryan was back but junior Kelly Mayo was out...This time the short bench was no problem for McManus as the Tritons struck early and often, routing Cal State Stanislaus, 4-0...Senior Kathy Sepulveda, UCSD’s top returning scorer from a year ago, got her first two tallies of 2007, the first coming in the seventh minute of the game and the second 26 seconds before halftime...Sandwiched between those two, Ryan secured her first of the season, a free kick from just outside the box at 25:10...Sepulveda was credited with the assist on the game’s final goal as senior Ali Lai scored her seventh off a Sepulveda rebound.
SURGING MEN’S SOCCER BEATS CHICO IN OT, TIES STANISLAUS
The Men’s Soccer team closes out regular season play this weekend when it hosts CCAA South Division rivals Cal State San Bernardino (Friday) and Cal Poly Pomona (Sunday)...After going 1-0-1 last weekend, interim Head Coach Paul Holohan’s unit is 4-9-3 overall and 3-6-3 in conference play.
Playing to keep their post-season hopes alive, the Tritons stunned Chico State, 2-1, in overtime last Friday night in La Jolla...Down, 1-0, UCSD scored with 2:38 left in the contest as Jason Le took a pass from Joe Shah, took time to line it up and went to the lower left corner for his fifth goal of the year...In overtime, UCSD again waited until the waning moments and Le was involved with the winning goal as well...His corner found its way to sophomore Tony Choi who knocked it home for the game-winner...The Wildcats out-shot the Tritons, 27-10, but junior keeper Peter Akman made 10 saves.
UCSD earned another point at home Sunday, coming from behind to deadlock Cal State Stanislaus, 1-1, in OT...Trailing by a goal in the first half, the Tritons were put on their heels when Le, the club’s leading scorer, was injured in the first half and knocked out for the game and the season...Holohan’s side came out hard in the second half, however, and pulled even at the 58:56 mark when freshman Brandon Yee delivered a perfect lead pass to Choi, who let keeper Mando Herrera make his move and then slid the ball underneath him for his third of the season...UCSD was in command through the majority of the two OT periods and appeared to have it won but a header by freshman Jared Kukura went off the crossbar and Yee’s follow-up header just missed right....Akman had seven more saves in this one...Stanislaus took 17 shots to UCSD’s 14 while the Tritons owned a slight (10-9) edge in the corner kick department.
PAIR OF THIRDS FOR CROSS COUNTRY TEAM AT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
It will be a week off and then on to the NCAA West Regional Championships for the Cross Country team after posting a pair of third place finishes at the CCAA Championships, hosted in Turlock by Cal State Stanislaus last Saturday,.
The UCSD women rode a big performance by senior Diane Dunn...After sitting seventh through the first half mile, the Martinez, CA native moved up steadily to finish second overall in the 95-runner field...She covered the 6K distance over a virtually flat road course in 21:01.9, six seconds back of winner Karla Alburez of Cal State L.A....The Tritons four other scorers were tightly bunched as seniors Emily McGregor (21:45.4) and Amanda Burkhardt (21:56.1), junior Ashleigh Montgomery (22:11.8) and freshman Jessie Bodenhamer (22:14.2) placed 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th respectively...UCSD’s first four finishers earned All-CCAA status...As expected, Cal State L.A. won the team title, scoring 24 pts...Chico State was second with 50 pts. and UCSD came next with 58.
Defending champion Chico State (20 pts.) ran away with the men’s competition...Host Cal State Stanislaus (67) used its local knowledge to grab second and UCSD took the team bronze with 81 pts...Junior Daniel Anderson rebounded from mid-race troubles, thanks in part to an assist from fellow junior Jake LeVieux, to be the Tritons’ top finisher, taking 13th with a time of 25:40.7... LeVieux, in perhaps his top outing of the year, was close behind in 14th (25:45.1)...UCSD’s next four in covered places 18-21 in the person of Gabe LaMothe (25:56.2), Kevin Klein (26:03.6), 2006 CCAA Freshman of the Year Max Mullender (26:04.4) and Greg Geldman (26:11.0).
VOLLEYBALL TEAM SWEEPS NO. 19 CHICO STATE; BIG ROAD TRIP NEXT
Looking more and more like a club that deserves an NCAA Playoff berth and might do some damage once there, the 20th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team faces the first two of three straight road tests, traveling to Cal Poly Pomona (Friday) and Cal State San Bernardino (Saturday)...After sweeping a pair of home matches last weekend, the Tritons are now 15-6 overall and 9-4 in conference play...The two victories lifted UCSD into a second place tie with Cal State L.A. in the league standings... Cal Poly Pomona is 16-5 overall, 8-4 and fourth in the conference while Cal State San Bernardino (20-1), ranked No. 2 in the nation, is undefeated atop the CCAA...At RIMAC Arena earlier this year, UCSD was defeated by Cal State San Bernardino and downed Cal Poly Pomona, the latter a result that ignited a streak of seven wins in the last eight matches.
Last Friday night, Coach Tom Black’s squad made short work of Cal State Stanislaus, dispatching the Warriors, 3-0 (30-24, 30-16, 30-25)...Senior Amber Ries was the offensive standout, delivering 13 kills (.333)...Kim Carpenter came off the bench to contribute six kills...The Tritons hammered 16 aces, five by Rebecca Bailey while senior Kim Adams (21 assists) and sophomore Elaine Chen (14) split setting chores.
The next evening, UCSD put together one of its best performances of the year, dusting off No. 19 Chico State, 3-0 (30-25, 31-29, 30-27)...The highlight came in game two where the Tritons overcame an eight-point deficit (15-7) early to take a 26-25 lead, appeared to have tossed it away at 26-28 only to fight back again and pull it out on a kill by Hannah Gary...UCSD out-hit Chico State (.244-.198), blasted nine more aces, four by Chen, and got a huge 12-kill (.435) effort from sophomore outside hitter Sylvia Schmidt.
POLO DROPS OVERTIME THRILLER TO UC DAVIS
Heading into the home stretch of the 2007 regular season, Coach Denny Harper’s improving Men’s Water Polo team will go on the road to No. 9 UC Irvine (Friday) and No. 7 Loyola Marymount (Saturday)...The 14th-ranked Tritons slipped to 10-12 on the season after a 9-8 overtime loss to UC Davis last Friday.
Harper’s young crew had the 10th-ranked Aggies on the ropes in their Canyonview match-up but was unable to seal the deal...Davis never trailed in the first half and took a 4-2 lead into the break...The third quarter was all Tritons as junior Chance Vermilyea and senior Curtis Williamson netted scores to make it 4-4 heading in the final quarter of regulation...The Aggies struck next but sophomore Daniel Garcia twisted into shooting position and connected to make it 5-5 with 5:22 left...Steven Donohoe’s long range shot clock-beater into the upper left corner gave UCSD its first lead at the 3:29 mark but Davis quickly countered and it was 6-6 until senior sub Ben Miller snagged an inside rebound and converted a lob to make it 7-6 with just 1:41 on the clock...It took UCD just 22 seconds to get the equalizer and the Tritons needed a nice defensive effort by Williamson, swimming down an Aggie breakaway in the final seconds, to make it to OT...Davis scored the first two goals of overtime...Williamson cut the margin to one goal with 58 seconds remaining but that would be all for UCSD...Williamson, Garcia and Vermilyea had two goals each.
MEN’S TENNIS TO PLAY IN BERKELEY TOURNAMENT
Following a stellar performance at the ITA National Championships in Mobile, AL, the Men’s Tennis team heads north to Berkeley where it will play in the Chandler Cup, Thursday through Sunday.
GOLFERS TEE OFF AT SONOMA STATE INVITATIONAL
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf squad will make its second start of the fall 2007 campaign when it competes at the Sonoma State Invitational, scheduled for today and Tuesday at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club...Billy Olsen, Nathan Phan, Ryan Bailey, Bryan Olschock and Austin Alfonso will represent UCSD at the 15-team, 54-hole event...Five schools in the Division II top 10 will be in the field, including Nos. 1-3—Sonoma State, Western Washington and Chico State...UCSD is No. 23 in the Golf Stat rankings.
RESULTS SOLID FOR TRITON CREWS IN BOSTON
Battling extremely competitive fields at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, the UCSD Men’s and Women’s Rowing teams returned with encouraging outcomes to open their 2007 fall seasons...Challenging primarily Eastern crews now finishing up their fall campaigns, the three UCSD boats entered in Boston acquitted themselves well, particularly in light of the difference in training cycles...Coach Zach Johnson’s men’s varsity eight placed 17th out of 42 boats while Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s women’s varsity eight was 23rd in a 44-boat field...The women’s varsity four was 27th...UCSD will be one of the hosts of the annual Row for the Cure, supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Sunday on Mission Bay.
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