THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Wed., Sept. 17---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---4:30 PM
Wed., Sept. 17---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 19---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at CSU Los Angeles---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 19---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at CSU Los Angeles---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 19---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at CSU Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 20---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
Sat., Sept. 20---Cross Country---UCSD at CSU San Bernardino Invitational---8:30 AM
Sat., Sept. 20---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 21---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Nor Cal Tournament---All Day
MEN’S SOCCER GETS FIFTH STRAIGHT; NO. 7 DOMINGUEZ ON TAP
First-year Coach Jon Pascale’s streaking Men’s Soccer team gets its sternest test of young season this week, hosting defending CCAA champion and seventh-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills Wednesday before traveling to meet 2007 CCAA South Division runner-up Cal State L.A. Friday...Both opponents are undefeated in 2008...UCSD at 5-0 is off to its best start since 2000 (also its first season in the CCAA), after sweeping on the road to start the conference campaign.
In the CCAA opener for both teams, senior Tommy Caplan’s second half goal lifted UCSD to a 1-0 victory at San Francisco State last Friday...Caplan’s sixth career goal and fourth career game-winner came at 63:12 with an assist credited to Tony Fernandez...The Tritons, who played a solid first half, had to weather a late game SFSU surge as senior goalkeeper Peter Akman stopped six shots in recording his third shutout of the season.
UCSD overcame windy conditions Sunday to prevail, 2-1, at Cal State Monterey Bay in a 52-whistle foul fest...Less than 11 minutes into the game, Caplan made a great run up the left side, eluding two Monterey defenders before slipping the ball across the goal mouth to freshman Scott MacBride who one-timed it past Otter keeper Sam Campanelli for his first collegiate goal...CSUMB struck back on a breakaway at 22:29 but the Tritons grabbed the lead for good at the 36:36 mark...After a good build-up, a UCSD shot went off the crossbar, creating a flurry out front which resulted in the ball being cleared to sophomore Aaron McDowell who slotted it home for his team-leading third goal of the year...Shots (11-10 UCSD) and corners (5-5) were close and both teams had numerous chances to add to their totals...Fernandez was robbed several times himself and put one shot off the crossbar.
WOMEN’S SOCCER HOSTS CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS WEDNESDAY
The No. 3-ranked Women’s Soccer team will get a good gauge of where it stands in the conference hierarchy this week when it hosts perennial CCAA power Cal State Dominguez Hills (Wed.) and goes to Cal State L.A. two days later...Coach Brian McManus’s Tritons got out of the blocks slowly in conference play, splitting a Northern California road trip last weekend...The Tritons sport a 4-1-1 overall record and are 1-1 in the CCAA.
Missed opportunities on offense and some gritty play by host San Francisco State spoiled the 2008 CCAA opener for the Tritons as the Gators prevailed, 2-1...It was just SFSU’s second all-time win over UCSD...After a scoreless 45 minutes that included a pair of one-on-one misses, the Tritons hit the board first with senior midfielder Laura Borenstein doing the honors in her first action of the season...The scoring play developed after a cross from the right side was contested in front of the goal by freshman Shelby Wong...Gator keeper Rachel Lauderdale was forced to punch the ball away and it ended up at the feet of Borenstein who delivered left-footed from the top of the box...SFSU came back 3:22 later to tie it and tallied the game-winner at the 77:41 mark...Both teams had 10 shots but the physical Gators had a 7-2 advantage in corners and were whistled for 15 fouls compared to eight for UCSD...The Tritons came up short two more times on point blank chances in the second half.
Two freshmen--Sara Bolton and Sarah McTigue snagged the first goals of their collegiate careers Sunday as UCSD outlasted host Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-1...The two clubs again battled through the first 45 minutes scoreless but UCSD wasted little time in the second half as Bolton connected on a free kick at 48:05...Fourteen minutes later, McTigue collected a Natasha Belak-Berger rebound and found paydirt to make it 2-0...The Tritons dominated the second half, out-shooting the Otters, 10-2, and taking all three corners...Things got dicey when Monterey Bay broke through at 75:42 to cut the lead in half but that was all the home team would get.
MEN’S WATER POLO PERFECT AT PRINCETON; NORCAL TOURNEY NEXT
Out of the gate with an 8-1 record after sweeping five games over the weekend at the Princeton Invitational, Coach Denny Harper’s ninth-ranked Men’s Water Polo team now tests tougher waters, traveling to Stockton, CA for the annual NorCal Tournament, hosted this fall by University of the Pacific...Harper will likely hit a personal milestone at the tourney as he’s now sitting on 499 career wins...First up at the NorCal will be a rematch with No. 8 Long Beach State...The 49ers handed UCSD its only loss of 2008, an 11-8 defeat in the Triton Invitational.
The Tritons opened their East Coast excursion by dumping host Princeton, 11-9, behind three Adi Jerkovic goals...Scores by junior Steven Donohoe and senior Chance Vermilyea staked UCSD to an early, 2-0, and although the 20th-ranked Tigers were able to knot the game at five, they were never able to get the lead...Harper’s squad extended a 7-6 halftime advantage to three after three periods and held on for the victory...Donohoe and fellow junior Daniel Garcia each accounted for two goals.
The Tritons racked up a pair of less-demanding wins Saturday, crushing George Washington, 18-4, and then putting away Iona, 11-5...Led by senior Sidd Menon’s three tallies, UCSD had 10 players hit the scoring column, seven more than once, against GW...An unanswered five-goal second period barrage gave Harper’s club an 8-2 lead at halftime and it eased home from their...The Tritons recorded the first four goals vs. Iona and had a comfortable, 6-1, edge by the half...Senior A.J. Kotanjian notched four goals with Jeff Hunt and Donohoe netting two apiece.
UCSD made it four straight Sunday morning, clubbing Johns Hopkins, 13-4, behind three goals apiece from Garcia and Menon...The Tritons broke it open with a 6-0 second period...No. 11 Navy proved a tougher obstacle in the final game of the tourney...UCSD outscored the Midshipmen, 3-1, in the fourth quarter to come away with a 9-6 victory...In a tough, back-and-forth affair, the Tritons opened the final quarter with goals from Garcia, Donohoe and the increasingly productive Menon to make it a four-goal spread...Garcia and Donohoe both ended up with two goals and freshman goalie David Morton made eight saves.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SPLITS AT HOME; HAS CCAA PAIR ON ROAD
The 15th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team, aiming to regain momentum as it heads into the heart of the CCAA season, travels to Northern California this weekend to challenge San Francisco State (6-4) and Cal State Monterey Bay (2-7)...The Tritons are now 7-2 overall and 1-1 in CCAA play after splitting their first two conference contests at home last weekend...SFSU and CSUMB are both 0-2 in league.
Struggling to find the right combination and some type of offensive consistency, the Tritons fell, 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-21) to No. 21 Cal State L.A. Friday night at RIMAC Arena...The towering Golden Eagles, with four regulars over six feet, dominated game one, busting out to an 8-2 lead and never allowing UCSD closer than four from that juncture...The Tritons led in both the second and third sets but late collapses allowed both to slip away...Junior Sylvia Schmidt led UCSD with nine kills (.500 pct.) but the team hitting percentage was a meager .096...Michelle Torres had three of eight service aces.
With junior Elaine Chen dishing out 27 assists, the Tritons bounced back to hit .305 and completely stifle Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-11) the next night... The Toros had a .000 hitting percentage for the match, which was over in just 72 minutes...Schmidt registered another nine kills and freshman Hillary Williamson eight as Head Coach Tom Black again used a variety of lineups...Sophomore serving sensation Janessa Werhane baffled the Toros with six aces, giving her a team high 27 for the season.
CROSS COUNTRY TO PREVIEW CCAA COURSE SATURDAY
Coach Nate Garcia will take his Cross Country squad to Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino Saturday where it will be able to preview the course being used for October’s CCAA Championships...The occasion for this week’s visit will be the Cal State San Bernardino Invitational...Garcia will be entering full teams in both the men’s (8K) and women’s (6K) races and figures to encounter most of his CCAA foes as well as a handful of local Division III and NAIA competitors.
On a challenging, hilly Balboa Park course, the Triton men finished 10th and the women 15th in the invitational divisions of last Saturday’s 64th annual Aztec Invitational...The UCSD women also ran a team in the open division, placing second...Featured for the Triton men in the heavily Division I-laced lineup was senior Jake LeVieux who covered the five-mile loop in 25:43, good for 26th place in the 162-runner field...It was the third fastest time ever for a UCSD runner over this course...Following LeVieux in were junior Jesse Morrill (45th/26:05) and seniors Gabe LaMothe (65th/26:28), Greg Geldman (103rd/27:10) and Kevin Klein (106th/27:12)...Freshman Josh Chan, running on the “B” team was 100th overall, clocking 27:08.
On the women’s side, freshman Bre Schofield and senior Ashleigh Montgomery turned in big efforts... Schofield, who won the season-opening meet vs. Point Loma, USD and UNLV, was seventh out of 161 for the slightly more than three-mile distance, crossing the line in 18:02...The mark was the best ever recorded by a Triton runner on the course... Montgomery posted the third fastest UCSD mark ever, 18:58, which put her 49th...Other notables were freshman Aaryn Kobayashi (85th/19:35) and senior Jessica DiMascio (94th/19:43).
In the open race, Amanda Kuehn, Heather Hiegen, Nina Su and Kathryn Turner were all top 20 finishers...Kuehn was fourth in a time of 19:31.
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