Sun., Oct. 9---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. CalStateMontereyBay---
Sun., Oct. 9---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. CalStateMontereyBay---
MEN’S SOCCER HOME VS. SAN BERNARDINO, MONTEREY BAY THIS WEEK
Looking to regain its offensive swagger, the Men’s Soccer team hosts a pair of important CCAA contests this week, facing Cal State San Bernardino (5-4-1/4-2 CCAA), Wednesday, and Cal State Monterey Bay (6-4/3-3) Sunday...The Tritons split a pair of 1-0 verdicts, on the road last week and are now 6-2-1 overall, 3-2-1 in the CCAA and ranked 22nd nationally.
Friday, sophomore Pat Kelly scored his first goal of his collegiate career, converting a long pass from senior Jon Krupansky to lift UCSD past SonomaState...Senior keeper Edward Ruhland posted the shutout as the Tritons defeated the Seawolves for the first time in seven tries.
Sunday, UCSD was shutout for the second time this fall, with San Francisco State getting the game’s only goal in the 70th minute...UCSD outshot the Gators, 9-7, but was unable to produce a several excellent opportunities...It was only the fourth goal surrendered by the Tritons this season.
SIZZLING WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM HOME FOR TWO
Riding a five-game winning streak, the 12th-ranked Women’s Soccer team comes home for a pair of tough conference games this week...The 9-1 Tritons (5-1 CCAA), who have outscored opponents 35-6 and blanked four consecutive foes, hook up with Cal State San Bernardino (4-5/2-4), Wednesday, and come back against Cal State Monterey Bay (1-8-1/0-5-1) Sunday.
Last Friday, in the front end of a two-game road set, sophomore Ali Lai collected her fourth goal of the season as UCSD edged Sonoma State, 1-0...Lai controlled a Megan Dickey shot off the crossbar and quickly beat Seawolf goalkeeper Carissa Amiral from short range...The goal came just past the midway point of the first half and a stout Triton defense, directed by junior sweeper Allie Avina, made it stand up...Freshman Mia Shirley made four saves, going the distance in the net.
Then Sunday, after a scoreless first half, the Triton offense came alive, scoring three second half goals to knock off San Francisco State, 3-0...Junior Kelly Cochran got UCSD going, netting a breakaway at 59:06 for her sixth marker of the season...In the 73rd minute, Dickey got her team-leading ninth goal of the year with an assist from Cochran and sophomore Lauren Segars hauled in a pass from Avina, outmaneuvered the Gator keeper and registered her third of the year to close out the scoring with less than five minutes remaining...UCSD outshot SFSU, 17-3, and Shirley, with late relief help from Jessica McGovern got the whitewash.
SATURDAY TRITON CLASSIC NEXT FOR VAN ARSDALE & CO.
The UCSD Cross Country team will host the annual Triton Classic, Saturday morning on the campus course...Some 20 teams per gender and over 300 runners are expected for the two races, with the women covering 6K and the men 8K.
Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s teams will be coming off a pair of excellent performances last Saturday in Bethlehem, PA at the Brooks Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh... The women, making an early statement as to their end-of-the-season potential, placed 11th in a 47-team field and were the top non-Division I team finisher...Senior Mimi Hodgins, 17th overall in the 309-runner pack, clocked 21:08.2 for the 6K, taking top honors for third consecutive time...In the other four scoring slots for UCSD were sophomore Emily McGregor (69th/21:59.2), Junior Erin O’Donnell (78th/22:03.6), sophomore Katie Olson (89th/22:10.03) and senior Nina Miller (90th/22:10.7).
Senior Carl Lostrom was a creditable 49th over the line in the men’s 8K competition, crossing in 24:48 and leading UCSD to 24th out of 44 in the team standings...Two-three for the Tritons were Luke Sigmon (122nd/25:32) and Matt Noble (146th/25:40) with Dan Holligan (163rd/25:52) and Chris Beetley-Hagler (180th/26:00) rounding out the scorers for Van Arsdale...The Tritons were third among Division II teams.
NO. 12 PRINCETON TO CHALLENGE STREAKING WATER POLO TEAM
Looking for its ninth straight win, Coach Denny Harper’s Men’s Water Polo team will host No. 12 Princeton, Friday night at Canyonview Pool...UCSD, still holding the nation’s No. 5 ranking, is 17-2 after defeating No. 8 Long Beach State for the third time this season, 9-8, Saturday.
Senior co-captain Brandon Borso exploded for five goals against Long Beach including the game-winner with 10 seconds left in regulation...A goal by senior Chris Eichholz and steady play in the cage by Colin McElroy had UCSD up, 1-0, after the first period... Borso’s first two scores, one on a low scoop shot off a Kevin Smoker delivery from mid-tank and the second courtesy of a great timing pass from Adi Jerkovic, made it 3-1 but the 49ers clawed back to make it 4-3 at intermission and scored the first two goals of the second half to go up, 5-4...It was a back-and-forth affair from there...Junior Ty Lackey tied it for UCSD in man-up situation and Jerkovic’s second goal, off a nice feed from Jon Hopkins, made it 6-5...After Long Beach deadlocked it again, McElroy hit Borso with a pinpoint breakaway pass and after doing a 360 roll to escape pressure he beat goalie Thomas Oyshko to make it 7-6 with five minutes to go...LB made it 7-7 but with 2:16 remaining, Borso got No. 4 at the end of a nifty 6-on-5 passing sequence...The 49ers missed a penalty shot with 1:56 left but scored out of a timeout at 1:12 to knot it for the last time at eight, setting the stage for Borso’s final heroics.
WOMEN’S VB TEAM TRAVELS TO CAL STATE L.A., CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
After going 1-1 at home last weekend, the 10th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team faces a testing pair of conference road matches at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield Thursday and Friday...The 17th-ranked Golden Eagles are 14-1 overall and have six wins in seven CCAA outings...Bakersfield is 12-4 on the year and 5-2 in conference...Coach Tom Black’s club now sits 13-3 overall and 5-2 in the CCAA.
Last week’s CCAA Player of the Week, junior Nicole Courtney, had 10 kills and four aces as the Tritons clobbered Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (30-16, 30-18, 30-25) Friday night...UCSD outhit the Toros (.200 to -.010), won the blocking match-up (7.5-3.0) and served up 11 aces...Senior Laura Watkins (11) and sophomore Natalie Facchini (10) both reached double figures in the digs column.
Twenty-four hours later, the Tritons played well, but not quite well enough, letting undefeated and 18th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona escape with a 3-1 (22-30, 30-26, 30-26, 30-28) decision...Courtney, clearly becoming a “go to” player for UCSD, compiled another 15 kills to go with three aces and a match high 17 digs...Junior middle blocker Brianna Koche and freshman Kim Carpenter both accounted for 11 kills, Facchini and Watkins had 12 and 11 digs respectively and setter Kristin Halvorsen handed out 46 assists.
GOLF TEAM STRUGGLES IN OPENER
A “rusty” Golf team got out of the gate slow, finishing 15th in the 16-team Western Washington Invitational at Bellingham Golf and Country Club last week...Just days into its season, Coach Mike Wydra’s club had to lock horns with teams that, for the most part, already had at least one tournament under their belt...The Tritons posted a 54-hole total of 909 and were led by senior lefty Justin Grant who carded a two-over 218 which was good for 15th place in the individual standings...He was followed by sophomores Luke Leveillee (227) and Chris Hirahatake (230)...Next up for UCSD is the Chico State Invitational, Oct. 10-11.
MOLDEN-RUBENS CAPTURE ITA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
For the second year in a row, a UCSD Men’s Tennis team captured the ITA Western Regional Championship doubles title...Top-seeded Brent Molden and Erik Rubens did the honors last weekend at Cal Poly Pomona, knocking off Junyoung Kim and Leon So’Onalole of BYU Hawaii, 9-7, in the final...Molden won the crown last year with Bryan Swatt...The duo now advances to the ITA National Small College Championships, set for Oct. 13-16 at Florida Gulf Coast University...Erik Oijala and Steven Oechel reached the doubles semi-finals.
On the women’s side, Liz Brown-Marissa Hilker and Marsha Malinow-Justine Ang Fonte made it to the doubles semi-finals...In singles, Malinow, Brown and Alison Legakis were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Homecoming 2005 will be this Saturday with a variety of alumni events slated...The annual Alumni Athlete BBQ and BeerGarden will be hosted by the UCSD Athletic Dept. on RIMAC Field starting at noon. For more information, check the UCSD Athletics website and click on the Homecoming 2005 button on the left hand column.
MIRACLE MILE SET FOR OCT. 16
The second annual Miracle Mile, benefiting UCSD Cross Country and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, is slated for Sunday, Oct. 16 on the UCSD campus...Run on a mostly downhill course that winds through UCSD’s north campus athletic facilities it is one of the fastest courses anywhere and promises to produce some excellent mile times for all level of runners.
Co-hosted by UCSD Athletics and DR Industries, the event will feature five divisions (youth, masters, women’s open, men’s open and challenged athletes)...Entry fee is $15.00 and $20.00 day of race...More information can be found at http://www.ucsdmiraclemile.com.