THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Wed, Sept. 16---Women's Soccer---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---12:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 18---M-Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 18---W-Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 18---W-Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 19---W-Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 19---M-Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
Sun., Sept. 20---W-Soccer---UCSD at Chico State---11:30 AM
Sun., Sept. 20---M-Soccer---UCSD at Chico State---2:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 20---M-Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
W-VOLLEYBALL OPENS CCAA 2-1; BACK HOME SATURDAY
Coming off a CCAA-opening three-game road swing, the fourth-ranked Women's Volleyball team plays an unusual road-home schedule this week, traveling to Cal State L.A. (5-4/1-1 CCAA) Friday before returning to RIMAC Arena to host Cal State Dominguez Hills (0-9/0-2) Saturday...Coach Tom Black's spikers are now 10-1 overall and 2-1 in conference activity.
The Tritons opened CCAA play with a shutout, topping host Cal State East Bay, 3-0 (33-31, 25-19, 25-13) last Wednesday...The first set was decisive as UCSD saw an early lead scuttled by a 12-4 Pioneer run that gave the home team a 20-14 edge...But the Tritons clawed back, fighting off five CSUEB game points before back-to-back kills by Cara Simonsen and Kaitlin Potter secured the win...UCSD won the next two games in easier fashion for its ninth straight victory...Senior Sylvia Schmidt (15) and sophomore Hillary Williamson (13) were 1-2 on the kill chart with the latter also recording 16 digs...Senior setter Elaine Chen racked up 36 assists and five aces on the night and libero Roxanne Brunsting had 23 digs.
Friday night, the Tritons came up short in the first big CCAA showdown of the season, absorbing their first defeat of the season, a 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 25-11) decision vs. defending conference champion and No. 2-ranked Cal State San Bernardino...A pair of mini-runs powered the Coyotes in the first set but UCSD had three of its six aces, posted a .211 hitting percentage and never trailed while evening things up in the second set...The third set was crucial as the Tritons led by as many as four early, but allowed San Bernardino to chip away and eventually tie the score at 16...When the Coyotes finished a closing 11-4 run, they had grabbed a 2-1 advantage that seemed to take the steam out of UCSD...Schmidt's 14 kills led UCSD but the Tritons could not overcome CSUSB's better numbers in both hitting and blocking.
Black's charges showed their resiliency 24 hours later in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-16) pasting of Cal Poly Pomona...Schmidt pounded another 11 kills as the Tritons hit .297 as a team while limiting the Broncos to just .035...Chen had 37 assists and 11 digs and UCSD made good use of 10 service aces...Down, 13-10, in game one, the Tritons rebounded and shut the door with a 15-4 streak...An early, 9-3, run, fueled by two Janessa Werhane aces, put them in control of the second set and they went wire-to-wire while sweeping through set number three.
NORCAL TOURNEY ON TAB FOR NO. 13 MEN'S WATER POLO
Fresh off a 2-1 weekend on the East Coast last weekend, the 13th-ranked Men's Water Polo team will take on the big boys Saturday and Sunday at the annual NorCal Tournament in Palo Alto...UCSD opens Saturday against conference nemesis Loyola Marymount at 12:30 PM...A win will likely give the Tritons a 5:50 PM date with UCLA while a loss would mean a 4:30 PM engagement with NAIA Concordia the anticipated foe.
Four goals from junior Sean Cruz and nine saves in the cage by sophomore David Morton got UCSD's eastern sojourn off to a good start with a 15-4 rout of George Washington Friday afternoon...After spotting the Colonials a two-goal lead, the Tritons stormed back with 13 unanswered goals...Things got tougher later in the day but three-goal performances by seniors Steve Donohoe and Kneif Lohse lifted the Tritons over gritty Johns Hopkins, 9-7...Morton registered eight saves in this one.
Seniors Donohoe and Roberts knocked down four and three goals respectively but they were not enough to keep UCSD from losing an 11-10 overtime nailbiter to No. 17 host Navy on Saturday...Down, 6-2, in the third quarter, the Tritons rallied to knot things heading into the fourth period and the two teams ended regulation with nine goals apiece...Each scored once in the first of the two mandated OT sessions...UCSD had no less than four solid opportunities to finish it off in sudden death overtime, only to see the Midshipmen get the clincher in the second sudden death period.
W-SOCCER TAKES FIRST LOSS; REBOUNDS VS. MONTEREY BAY
It's off to Northern California for the No. 8 Women's Soccer team which split its first two conference games of the year at home last weekend...On its first road trip of the season, Coach Brian McManus's side will square off against Cal State Stanislaus (4-2/0-2) Friday and Chico State (3-2-1/1-0-1) Sunday... UCSD, now 3-1 overall, won its only meeting with both Stanislaus and Chico last year.
Friday night, the Tritons learned that defense of their CCAA crown will not come easily as visiting San Francisco State, striking with just nine minutes left in regulation, upset the home team, 1-0, in the conference debut for both clubs...Although UCSD had most of the good scoring chances and held edges in both shots (11-8) and corners (6-2), the game was decided by one big play--a 20-yd. drive by the Gators' Katie Voss.
The Tritons wasted little time re-locating the win column as four different players tallied in a 4-0 Sunday conquest of Cal State Monterey Bay...UCSD hit the scoreboard in the 25th minute when Anne Wethe chipped the ball softly over a defender to fellow sophomore Shelby Wong who promptly did the same to Otter keeper Andrea Davis for her first goal of the season...Five minutes later a pair of freshmen hooked up with Hayley Johnson's cross finding Jessica Wi who deftly placed shot into the right side of the net...Just 1:33 into the second half, Sarah McTigue deposited a deflected ball from 10 yards out for her third goal of the year and Gabi Hernandez finished up the scoring parade by flicking in a beautiful header off a cross from Wong...Kristin Armstrong and Kim Cushing combined for the three-save shutout.
Comments from Brian McManus following the Cal State Monterey Bay victory.
Shelby Wong interview after Sunday's win over Cal State Monterey Bay.
UNDEFEATED MEN'S SOCCER STARTS FOUR-GAME ROAD STINT
Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team opens a stretch of four straight CCAA games on the road when it travels to Cal State Stanislaus (4-1/1-1) and Chico State (4-1-1/1-0-1) this weekend...The Tritons will be looking for some offense after extending their string of scoreless ties to three in a row last week...UCSD heads north with a record of 3-0-3 and 0-0-2 in CCAA play.
Despite turning in their best game of the season to date, the Tritons were able to come away with just one point in their 2009 CCAA debut, playing 110 minutes of scoreless soccer against San Francisco State Friday night in La Jolla...UCSD owned a whopping, 29-12, margin in shots, took seven corner kicks to the Gators' seven and dominated time of possession but simply couldn't put the ball in the back of the net...Senior Peter Akman blocked five shots in goal.
It was more of the same Sunday against Cal State Monterey Bay as the Tritons finished with a six more shots (14-8) than the Otters and four more corners (5-1) but were unable to put one home...A Josh Jackson red card left UCSD down a man for the last 10 minutes of the first half and the first eight of the second half...At the 52:56 mark, Monterey's Randall Rigali was red carded, evening the sides for the remainder of the contest...While UCSD has now gone scoreless for the last 330 minutes of play, Pascale & Co. have held their opponents from converting on offense for 364:22.
Interview with Head Coach Jon Pascale after Cal State Monterey Bay game.
Senior defender Daniel Pavitt's comments following tie with Cal State Monterey Bay.
SCHOFIELD, WRIGHT LEAD CROSS COUNTRY AT IRVINE
The Cross Country teams will have the week off, preparing for their first major competition of the season, the Sept. 26 Southern Indiana Pre-National Invitational in Evansville, IN...Last Saturday, the men were sixth and the women eighth at the Asics/UC Irvine Invitational on the UC Irvine campus.
Senior Mike Wright and freshman Brian Knight paced the Tritons at Irvine...Wright made an earlier than planned move in the 8K then held on for 32nd place with a time of 26:09.0...Knight was 45th, clocking 26:22.2... Rounding out the scoring for UCSD in the 21-team field were underclassmen Jeremy Riley (66th/26:53.1), Matt Lenehan (75th/27:04.5) and John Svet (85th/27:17.5).
In the 13-team women's event, Coach Nate Garcia received another solid performance from sophomore Bre Schofield...For the ninth consecutive time, the Carlsbad product was the Tritons' first runner across the finish line...This time she ran near the front of the pack most of the way before settling for fifth place with a time of 17:45.0 over the 5K layout...She was 23 seconds behind winner Dallon Williams...Sophomores Elena Inouye (41st/18:54.3) and Aaryn Kobayashi (46th/19:00.1), freshman Catherine Crisp (55th/19:08.2) and junior Brianna Alban (70th/19:21.3) accounted for the next four UCSD positions.
NEWS & NOTES
UCSD's weekly online radio talk show, Triton Talk, hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Men's Soccer this week with Head Coach Jon Pascale guesting along with junior defender Jared Kukura...Also included will be a segment with new Women's Water Polo Head Coach Brad Kreutzkamp...The show will be available late Tuesday.
Recently graduated men's basketball standout Alan Husted has signed a contract to play professionally in the Phillippines...The long-rumored transaction places the 6-1 Canyon Country native with the Smart-Pampanga Buddies team in the Liga Filipina...Husted averaged 9.7 ppg for the Tritons last season.
Homecoming 2009 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17...The day-long event will include the annual Alumni Athletes BBQ/Beer Garden at the Track & Field Stadium...On Sunday, the second annual Championship Brunch, co-sponsored by the Athletic Dept. and the UCSD Alumni Assn., will be held in the Atkinson Pavilion at the UCSD Faculty Club...Four national championship teams---1989 Women's Soccer, 1990 Women's Water Polo, 1999 Women's Soccer and 2000 Men's Volleyball---will be recognized.
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