THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Wed, Sep 9---Women's Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM
Fri, Sep 11---Women's Soccer---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---4:30 PM
Fri, Sep 11---Men's Soccer---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:00 PM
Fri, Sep 11---Women's Volleyball---UCSD at CSU San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Fri, Sep 11---Men's Water Polo---UCSD at Navy Invitational---TBA
Sat, Sep 12---Cross Country---UCSD at UCI Invitational---8:30 AM
Sat, Sep 12---Women's Volleyball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Sat, Sep 12---Men's Water Polo---UCSD at Navy Invitational---TBA
Sun, Sep 13---Women's Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---12:00 PM
Sun, Sep 13---Men's Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---2:30 PM
WOMEN'S SOCCER OPENS CCAA DEFENSE FRIDAY
Coach BrianMcManus's 10th-ranked Women's Soccer team opens its 2009 CCAA slate at home Friday against San Francisco State (2-1-1) and then takes on Cal State Monterey Bay (0-2-1) Sunday...Both games will be played in La Jolla...The Tritons sport a 2-0 record on the young season after throttling out-manned Dixie State, 5-1, last Saturday night...UCSD won its lone encounter with Monterey Bay last fall and split two outings against San Francisco State--the win coming in an epic shootout in the semi-finals of the CCAA Championship Tournament.
Four different players found the back of the net in the Dixie State triumph...The Tritons got on the board at 18:02 when the Red Storm gave up an own goal off a UCSD corner kick...They made it 2-0 when freshman Hayley Johnson put a clearing shot over the top of the defense, sophomore Annie Wethe ran onto it and chipped the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Tonya Smith...Goal No. 3 was similar with Sara McTigue springing free this time for her second goal of the season...At 10:37 of the second half, three freshmen collaborated on the fourth goal...Gabi Hernandez sent a ball to Jessica Wi in the box...Wi took a tight shot that was blocked on the right side by new keeper Abby Monroe but the rebound rolled in front of the wide open net and a charging Alyssa Newcomer connected with a sliding blast...The final score, which came in the 87th minute, was a beauty started by a Lindsay Mills pass up the right sideline to Remy Hitt...Hitt took it forward then played a pinpoint lead pass to well-shadowed Courtney Capobianco who punched it home...UCSD outshot Dixie, 17-9, and the tandem of Kristin Armstrong and Kim Cushing turned away three shots in goal.
MEN'S SOCCER COMES INTO CONFERENCE OPENER UNDEFEATED
Returning home undefeated (3-0-1) for 2009, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team kicks off conference play this weekend, hosting San Francisco State (3-1) Friday night and Cal State Monterey Bay (0-2) Sunday afternoon...UCSD, picked for third in the CCAA's South Division by league coaches, was 6-6-2 in the CCAA last year.
Looking much better on the offensive side in the season's second game, the Tritons held off visiting Hawaii-Hilo for a 3-2 triumph Monday night...UCSD, which controlled much of the action, was hurt by defensive lapses that made the outcome much closer than it likely should have been...All-CCAA junior Jared Kukura got the Tritons on the board in the eighth minute popping a sliding deflection over Vulcan keepr Dane Kaylor...The goal was set up by some nifty footwork and a subsequent cross from Chris Gutierrez...With the score 1-1 early in the second half, junior Brandon Yee unleashed a highlight reel strike from nearly 35 yards out that baffled reserve goalkeeper Ivan Mercado and 13 minutes later, at the 82:00 mark, freshman Evan Walker's header gave UCSD a two-goal lead...The stats were close across the board with Hilo earning a 15-13 edge in shots and both teams getting four corners.
Junior Shane Micheil's two goals lifted UCSD past Notre Dame de Namur, 2-1 (OT), Friday afternoon at the Seawolf Classic in Sonoma...Micheil's first tally saved the Tritons from the clutches of a 1-0 defeat...With less than three minutes to go in regulation, an errant ND clearing pass found its way to Micheil's feet and he promptly volleyed it past goalkeeper Joseph Mora to tie things up...It was déjà vu 9:45 into the first overtime period as another defensive miscue wound up in Micheil's possession and he deposited the game winner into the far corner...In a game where neither team was able to impose its will on the other, UCSD owned a 16-13 advantage in shots, including all five in OT.
In Sunday's second game of the tournament, UCSD and No. 22 Grand Canyon played to a scoreless tie...Both teams had scoring opportunities but were unable to convert...Senior Peter Akman made three saves while registering his first shutout of the season...Micheil, David Bakal and Josh Jackson were accorded all-tournament recognition.
NO. 7 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL PUTS PERFECT RECORD ON LINE
Boasting an 8-0 record, Coach Tom Black's Women's Volleyball team gets its first taste of CCAA action, facing a grueling, three-match road trip to begin CCAA play...Seventh-ranked UCSD will go to Northern California to square off against Cal State East Bay (2-6) Wednesday and then test defending conference champion Cal State San Bernardino (7-0) and Cal Poly Pomona (3-4), Friday and Saturday respectively.
In a sluggish first match, UCSD rebounded from a five-point deficit, scoring the last seven points of game one on the way to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-19) victory over Saginaw Valley State...The Tritons rifled 14 aces, six by senior Karen Reis, and were led offensively buy the duo of Hillary Williamson (12 kills) and Sylvia Schmidt (10)...Last week's CCAA Player of the Week, Roxanne Brunsting had a match high 13 digs.... Senior Elain Chen set a balanced attack as UCSD knocked off Northern Michigan, 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 25-15), in Friday's second match...Chen distributed 42 assists, the Tritons outhit Northern, .217-.089, and four players had eight or more kills with Schmidt's 11 leading the way...Brunsting accumulated another 20 digs and Chen added 11.
Sophomore Katie Condon (14) and Schmidt (12) accounted for just over half of UCSD's 51 kills in Saturday afternoon's, 3-1 (25-10, 25-20, 15-25, 25-17) romp over Mesa State...The Tritons hit a sparkling .304 as a team, hammered 11 aces (five by Reis) and had Chen dish out another 48 assists...UCSD kept its record spotless by dominating a good Alaska-Anchorage club, 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-15) Saturday night...Team-wise, the Tritons posted a sterling .357 hitting percentage and served up 12 aces...Schmidt racked up another 18 kills, giving her 51 for the tourney with Williamson and Condon chipping in with 11 apiece...Backrow specialists Brunsting (17 digs/three aces) and Janessa Werhane (10/4) also shined...Chen, Schmidt and Condon earned all-tournament recognition.
WATER POLO LOOKS TO REVERSE EARLY SEASON RESULTS
After recording a disappointing 1-3 mark in the season-opening Triton Invitational, it's off to the East Coast for Coach Denny Harper's 10th-ranked Men's Water Polo team...UCSD will participate in the Navy Invitational, comprised of a series of individual games in Annapolis (MD) Friday and Saturday...The Tritons will open against Gannon (PA) Friday and also included is a Saturday showdown with Navy.
The Tritons got off to a frustrating start to 2009 Saturday afternoon, falling, 15-12, to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and then 12-10 to No. 5 Pepperdine...In the opener, UCSD fell two goals back early and spent the rest of the game trying to recover...Senior Steven Donohoe was an offensive force, rifling home seven goals but in the end it was not enough to handle the Gauchos...The Tritons were trailing, 9-5, at the break with Donohoe and his freshman sibling, Brian, accounting for all five goals...Ian Bausback's second goal of the second half pulled UCSD to within, 12-11, but that's as close as it would get...In Saturday's late game, the Tritons again had first quarter troubles...With the game knotted at three, they surrendered three goals in the final 1:27 of the period and were never able to dig out of that hole...Three times they pulled to within a goal, the last at 10-9 on a Sean Roberts score with 6:42 remaining...Lefty sophomore Sean Cruz scored five goals, including UCSD's first three, and as a team, the Tritons were an impressive 9-of-13 in man-up situations.
Harper and Co. got their first "W" of the season Sunday morning as nine different players scored in a 17-6 rout of Cal Lutheran...Although UCSD never trailed and owned an 8-3 halftime edge, there still seemed to be the feel that it was a squad still trying to come together rather than one running on all cylinders...Cruz was the top scorer with three goals---one natural, one penalty shot and one 6-on-5...The tournament came to a crushing conclusion for the Tritons with a 14-12 upset loss to Air Force...UCSD led much of the way but after the Falcons took a 10-9 edge in the waning moments of the third quarter, the Tritons couldn't get it back...Cruz's four tallies paced the Tritons and (Steve) Donohoe and Peter Gresham had two each.
IRVINE INVITATIONAL ON TAP FOR CROSS COUNTRY
Looking to build on a successful season debut, Coach Nate Garcia will send his Cross Country team north to Saturday's UC Irvine Invitational...The distances will extend to 5K and 8K respectively with the women's race starting at 8:40 AM followed by the men at 9:10 AM on the UCI campus course...Between 25 and 30 teams per gender are expected to participate, including defending CCAA champ Chico State and many of the schools in the Division I Big West Conference...Garcia will be sending out every healthy body---including opening day individual winners sophomore Bre Schofield and freshman Brian McKnight---over a quick, mixed surface (grass/dirt) course featuring a pair of challenging hills.
NEWS & NOTES
Brad Kreutzkamp, the long time assistant coach for the UCSD Men's Water Polo team has been named the new head coach of the Triton Women's Water Polo team it was announced today.
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show, will feature UCSD Women's Volleyball Coach Tom Black, the team's sophomore libero Roxanne Brunsting and Triton Cross Country Coach Nate Garcia...The show will be available to listeners late Tuesday afternoon.
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