UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 8, 2008)
Release: Monday 09/07/2008 
by UCSD
Sophomore Jared Kukura's goal in the final minute Friday kept the Men's Soccer team undefeated.
Sophomore Jared Kukura's goal in the final...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Fri., Sept. 12---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Princeton Tournament---All Day
Fri., Sept. 12---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at San Francisco State---1:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 12---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at San Francisco State---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 12---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:00 PM

Sat., Sept. 13---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Princeton Tournament---All Day
Sat., Sept. 13---Cross Country---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---8:15 AM
Sat., Sept. 13---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Sun., Sept. 14---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Princeton Tournament---All Day
Sun., Sept. 14---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---11:30 AM
Sun., Sept. 14---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---2:00 PM


WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL OPENS CCAA PLAY AT HOME FRIDAY
The 17th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team improved its season ledger to 6-1 with a sweep of four matches at last weekend’s Triton Invitational and now steps into CCAA play, hosting Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday and Saturday...Riding a six-match winning streak, the Tritons will be facing a pair of teams that have traditionally been on opposite ends of the league standings...Cal State L.A. (7-0 this year) wound up fourth last season while Dominguez Hills (1-7) occupied the cellar in the 10-team loop...UCSD swept CSUDH and split with L.A. in 2007.

An unorthodox opponent produced an uneven match with little drama but that probably suited Coach Tom Black just fine as his Tritons took just 75 minutes to dispose of Notre Dame de Namur, 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17) in Thursday's first round of the Triton Invitational...Thirteen players saw action with senior Rebecca Bailey blasting 17 kills while hitting at a .469 clip...Kaitlin Potter had three of UCSD's eight service aces.

Raining down a total of 28 aces in two games, the Tritons took identical, 3-1, decisions from Lynn (25-16, 25-18, 17-25, 25-17) and BYU-Hawaii (16-25, 25-18, 25-23, 27-25) Friday...Bailey was again the offensive leader, getting 14 and 19 kills in the two outings...Kim Carpenter (15) and freshman Hillary Williamson (11) also reached double figures and setter Rebecca Chen handed out 88 assists in the two matches...Reserve Janessa Werhane came off the bench to record four aces in each contest.

The serving onslaught continued in Saturday's tourney finale as Chen, Werhane and Michelle Torres all posted three aces and seniors Bailey (11) and Carpenter (10) accounted for 21 kills in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-19, 25-19, 25-17) conquest of Seattle Pacific...Chen distributed 40 assists and seemed to get better as the match wore on based on the Tritons' hitting percentage which improved each set, jumping from .042 in game one to .308 in the clinching fourth...Libero Roxanne Brunsting controlled the back row, getting 30 digs.

Bailey, Carpenter and Chen were all selected to the all-tournament squad.

Listen to Coach Tom Black.

UNDEFEATED MEN’S SOCCER OPENS CCAA PLAY ON ROAD
The undefeated Men's Soccer team takes to the road for the first time this weekend, tackling San Francisco State (2-0) and Cal State Monterey Bay (0-2-1), in the opening weekend of CCAA play...Last season, UCSD tied Monterey Bay and lost, 2-0, to San Francisco State at  home.
 
The Tritons, 3-0 for the first time since 2005, scored an improbable, 2-1, victory over in-county NAIA rival Cal State San Marcos Friday night...The rugged, chippy contest which produced 38 fouls and six yellow cards, was knotted at zero, with 5:29 to go in regulation...At that point, UCSD's Daniel Pavitt was knicked for a foul in the box, resulting in a penalty kick that the Cougars' Christian Soares converted...Things appeared grim for UCSD but Coach Jon Pascale's club kept its composure and a mere 1:48 later got the equalizer when a Shane Micheil shot rebounded onto the left foot of Aaron McDowell who put it just inside the near post...Then, with just 36 ticks left in the second half, sophomore defender Jared Kukura rose above a tangle of bodies in the box to get on the end of a Josh Jackson free kick and send an arching header into the upper left corner of the net for the game-winner...In an entertaining, back-and-forth struggle, both teams got off 13 shots and UCSD's senior keeper Peter Akman made several crucial saves.

WOMEN’S SOCCER BEGINS CCAA TITLE QUEST
Now 3-0-1 after earning a win and a tie in its first home stand of 2008, the fourth-ranked Women’s Soccer team starts CCAA competition in Northern California this weekend, battling San Francisco State (1-2) and Cal State Monterey Bay (0-2), Friday and Sunday...UCSD, CCAA champions in six of the last eight years and eight-time winners of the league’s South Division, beat San Francisco State and CSU Monterey Bay by identical, 3-0, scores a year ago.

In Wednesday night's home debut, senior keeper Jessica McGovern turned away 10 shots as the young Tritons, with six freshmen in the starting lineup, held off feisty Cal State San Marcos for a scoreless draw...The teams combined for 45 shots (UCSD, 22) and each had several golden opportunities to break the deadlock.

There was no such goal shortage Saturday night as the Tritons had two-goal bursts in each half en route to a 4-0 romp over visiting D-II foe Texas A&M Commerce...UCSD netted two goals in each half, both pair coming in explosive fashion...Senior Amanda Esquivel got the Tritons on the board midway through the first half with a unexpected 30-yd. blast that A&M keeper Taylor Jordan couldn't handle...Less than five minutes later, senior Alexia Zatarain reversed field to shake her defender, making space for a left-footed strike into the upper left corner and it was 2-0...At the 48:27 mark of the second half, sophomore Lisa Bradley won a contested A&M clearing effort, headed the ball to herself and curled a drive to the far post for her first goal of 2008...A mere 27 seconds after that, freshman Anne Wethe found sophomore Remy Hitt in close on the left side and Hitt made no mistake, collecting her first goal of the year...Starting keeper Jessica McGovern made four saves before giving way to Kristin Armstrong...UCSD dominated both shots (18-8) and corners (6-3).
 
NO. 14 MEN’S WATER POLO TRAVELS TO PRINCETON
Coach Denny Harper’s Men’s Water Polo team heads to the East Coast this week for the 10-team Princeton Invitational, starting on Friday...UCSD hooks up with host Princeton Friday night (7:30 PM), will tangle with George Washington (2:00 PM) and Iona (7:00 PM) Saturday and close things up against Johns Hopkins (11:30 AM) and No. 10 Navy (3:00 PM) Sunday...The Tritons will leave La Jolla with a 3-1 mark after last weekend’s season-opening Triton Invitational.

Junior Daniel Garcia’s three first period goals sparked UCSD to a 14-4 trouncing of Redlands in game one of the Triton Invitational...The Tritons raced out to an 8-1 lead and were up 10-2 by  intermission...Saturday afternoon’s tussle with No. 9 Long Beach State was another matter as the 49ers’ made ample use of their size advantage in claiming an 11-8 win...The Tritons scord first on a penalty shot by junior Steven Donohoe but Long Beach ran off four unanswered goals, the last three coming on counter breakaways...UCSD scratched back to 4-3 at halftime and another Donohoe five-meter conversion knotted the score early in the third period...Then it was deja vu as the 49ers notched three straight goals to take a 7-4 lead they would never relinquish...Donohoe, Garcia and Jeff Hunt all had a pair of scores.

Sunday morning, the Tritons rebounded in impressive fashion, downing No. 11 UC Davis, 14-11...Nine different players scored as UCSD converted eight of its 11 man-up opportunities...A solid three-goal effort by Donohoe paced the offense and Morton was steady in the cage, rejecting eight shots...Hunt scored the first goal 42 seconds into the contest and UCSD never trailed...Freshman goalie David Morton blocked eight Aggie shots...The Tritons finished the tourney in fifth place by stunning No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, 12-11...Donohoe's fourth goal, a 6-on-5 tally, came with two seconds left in regulation, capping a three-goal fourth period run...Senior Adi Jerkovic had three goals and was instrumental in the comeback, turning in a pair of highlight reel scores...The first, a "sweep hook from the cheap seats" (as described by water polo icon Nick Baba) started the UCSD rally and the second, a long range skip shot deadlocked things at 11 with two minutes remaining, setting the stage for Donohoe's heroics...Morton had another 10 saves.

Hear Coach Denny Harper’s post-tournament comments.

AZTEC INVITATIONAL NEXT UP FOR CROSS COUNTRY
Coach Nate Garcia’s Cross Country squads step back into action Saturday at the Aztec Invitational at Balboa Park...The Tritons will have all healthy runners in uniform with the top 10 of each gender competing in the invitational division and the others going in the open...Racing starts at 8:15 AM with the Women’s Open, followed by the Women’s Invitational (9:00 AM), Men’s Open (9:30 AM) and Men’s Invitational (10:15 AM).

Freshman Bre Schofield, who won last week’s season-opening meet over 2.5 miles, and senior Ashleigh Montgomery will lead the UCSD women in Saturday’s affair with junior Jesse Morrill and senior Jake LeVieux, the Tritons’ top two finishers a week ago, pacing the men...With the distances set at 5K for the women and 8K for the men, both UCSD groups will be running about 25% further than they did in their opener...The meet is expected to draw about 20 teams on each side with a number of Mountain West Conference schools in attendance along with CCAA powers Chico State and Cal State L.A.

NEWS & NOTES
UCSD Assistant Swimming Coach Corrie Falcon handily won the women's division of the 78th annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim Sunday...Falcon covered the one-mile course in 20:04, more than two minutes faster than the second place finisher.

Homecoming 2008 is scheduled for Saturday, October 18...For more information, call (858) 534-8460.

For more information on Triton sports, check our website at http://ucsdtritons.com.

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