UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 28, 2009)
Release: Thursday 09/27/2009 
by UCSD
Keeper Kristin Armstrong and the Triton Women's Soccer team are home for two this weekend.
Keeper Kristin Armstrong and the Triton...
Courtesy: Kennon Kwok

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

Mon., Sept. 28---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day

Tue., Sept. 29---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day

Thu., Oct. 1---W-Tennis---UCSD at ITA West Region Tournament---All Day
Thu., Oct. 1---M-Tennis---UCSD at ITA West Region Tournament---All Day

Fri., Oct. 2---W-Tennis--- UCSD at ITA West Region Tournament ---All Day
Fri., Oct. 2---M-Tennis--- UCSD at ITA West Region Tournament---All Day
Fri., Oct. 2---M-Soccer---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 2---M-Water Polo---UCSD vs. UC Davis---6:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 2---W-Volleyball---UCSD vs. CSU Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 2---W-Soccer---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 3---W-Tennis---UCSD at ITA West Region Tournament---All Day
Sat., Oct. 3---M-Tennis---UCSD at ITA West Region Tournament---All Day
Sat., Oct. 3---Cross Country---UCSD at SD Track Club USATF 5K---7:30 AM
Sat., Oct. 3---W-Volleyball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 4---M-Soccer---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---12:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 4---W-Soccer---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---2:30 PM

W-SOCCER GOES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT VS. SONOMA FRIDAY
After playing five straight on the road, the Women's Soccer team returns home this weekend to host always-tough Sonoma State (4-4-2/2-2-2) Friday and Humboldt State (7-3/4-2) Sunday...Coach Brian McManus's side sports a 7-2 record (5-2 in CCAA) after collecting a pair of wins last weekend, allowing them to finish a five-game road stint with four victories against a solitary defeat...UCSD comes into Friday's clash tied for second, three points back with a game in hand in the CCAA's Southern Division while Sonoma and Humboldt are third and second respectively in the Northern Division.

Freshman Gabi Hernandez's third goal of the season lifted UCSD to a 1-0 triumph at Cal Poly Pomona Friday afternoon...In a tale of two halves, the clubs matched shots at 13 apiece with the Broncos having a decided first half edge...Cal Poly had its best chance off a corner kick in the game's 18th minute but Triton keeper Kristin Armstrong punched the ball over the crossbar and away...Hernandez gave UCSD the lead at 31:24, capping a play started by fellow freshman Alexa Enlow...Enlow got control on a CPP defensive mishap, drove to the endline, attacked the goal pulling the keeper to her before dropping a pass to Hernandez who converted from about seven yards out...Armstrong had eight saves on the day and UCSD racked up a 10-5 advantage in corners.

The Tritons connected on a pair of second half set pieces Sunday to dump host Cal State San Bernardino, 2-0...Fighting off the heat and a deep, athletic Coyote side, UCSD turned in one of its stronger performances of the season according to McManus...The first goal came at 68:56 as senior Alexia Zatarain's left-footed corner to the penalty marker found the head of sweeper Ellen Wilson and subsequently the back of the net...It was Wilson's second of the season...Less than six minutes later, sophomore Anne Wethe made a nice run from the far post and buried a 10-yd. header off a corner kick from Sara Bolton...Armstrong made five saves as the Tritons notched their fourth shutout of the season and third in the last four games.

MEN'S SOCCER HOST SONOMA STATE, HUMBOLDT STATE
Sonoma State (8-0-2/5-0-1) and Humboldt State (1-7-2/0-5-1) will provide the opposition this weekend as Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team returns from four straight games on the road for tough back-to-back tests at home this weekend...The Tritons, now 4-2-3 overall and 1-2-3 in conference, are coming off a Southern Division road split last weekend...They are tied for fourth in the division...Sonoma State, defending CCAA champs, are currently riding atop the North Division and are ranked eighth nationally.

The Tritons snagged their first conference win of the year Friday, a 1-0 affair at Cal Poly Pomona...Senior keeper Peter Akman turned away four shots and junior transfer Kasra Sarabakhsh scored his first goal as a Triton to key the victory...Sarabakhsh, who came off the bench early in the first half, took a feed from junior David Bakal and found the right corner from the left side at 22:19...UCSD was outshot, 20-11, on the game.

Sunday in San Bernardino, Albert Cabrera got a through ball in the 36th minute and beat Akman one-on-one for the game's only goal as Cal State San Bernardino nipped UCSD, 1-0...The Coyotes finished with small margins in both shots (+3) and corners (+2)...The Tritons had several good looks at the goal in the final minutes but were unable to convert.

MEN'S WATER POLO TANGLES WITH UC DAVIS FRIDAY
Trying to re-establish its winning ways, the No. 13 Men's Water Polo team is back in action Friday at Coggan Family Aquatic Center against No. 15 UC Davis (9-4)...For directions to Coggan, check the UCSD Athletic website...The 13th-ranked Tritons will bring a 5-7 ledger into Friday's outing.

In front of 649 Friday night, UCSD was downed, 7-4, by No. 5 Loyola Marymount...The Tritons turned in a lackluster first half against the Lions and trailed, 4-1, at the break with senior Steve Donohoe accounting for the only goal...UCSD came out with some purpose in the second half and a score by Brian Donohoe 36 seconds in cut the margin to two but LMU reeled off three unanswered goals to go up 7-2 and effectively put it away...UCSD staged a mini-rally in the fourth quarter, getting goals from Bryce Madsen and Brian Donohoe to make the final deficit three.

NO. 4 W-VOLLEYBALL CRUISES; MONTEREY, S.F. NEXT
The fourth-ranked Women's Volleyball team ran its record to 14-1 and its win streak to five with a pair of  CCAA  home victories last weekend...The Tritons, now 6-1 and alone in second in the conference standings, will be back at RIMAC Arena this coming weekend to tackle Cal State Monterey Bay (6-8/2-5) Friday and much-improved San Francisco State (12-3/5-2) Saturday...Monterey is tied for eighth and San Francisco tied for third in league action.

With the offense humming at a .361 clip, Coach Tom Black's Tritons recovered from a second set slip-up to put away No. 23 Chico State, 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18)...Opposite Sylvia Schmidt (17 kills, .406) and outside hitter Hillary Williamson (16, .353) were UCSD's primary weapons with junior Lauren Bradley coming off the bench for 11 kills...Senior setter Elaine Chen directed the show, dishing out 47 assists while sophomore libero Roxanne Brunstring led with 13 digs.

Schmidt was on fire again the next night, hammering 14 kills (.323) as UCSD crushed Cal State Stanislaus, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-20) giving Black his 100th win on the Triton bench...Sophomore Katie Condon, who sat out the Chico State contest recovering from an injury, returned to post seven kills and 10 different players managed to hit the board offensively...Chen had 32 more assists and Brunsting 13 digs in this one.

Listen to Tom Black's Saturday post-match interview.
Listen to Katie Condon's Saturday post-match comments.

YOUTHFUL CROSS COUNTRY SQUAD FARES WELL IN INDIANA
Fielding one of the least experienced teams in the history of UCSD Cross Country, Coach Nate Garcia and Co. still came home from last Saturday's Southern Indiana Pre-National Invitational in Evansville (IN) with plenty of positive talking points...The UCSD Women placed sixth in a field that included five nationally-ranked squads while the men were eighth despite missing three of their top five runners...The competition was contested on the same course where the NCAA Division II Championships will be held in November.

On the women's side, in the absence of sophomore All-American Bre Schofield, leadership fell to another soph, Elena Inouye, who finished 17th overall with a time of 23:28.36 for the 6K...The tandem of junior Caprice Thompson (30th/24:15.68) and senior Marie Schaper (31st/24:16.68) were next home for the Tritons, followed by Brianna Alban (35th/24:32.56) and Nina Su (37th/24:73.62).

Sophomore Jeremy Riley paced the UCSD men, claiming 24th overall, clocking 26:52.43 over the 8K layout...Four freshmen rounded out the scoring for Garcia...In order they were Tom Hudson (34th/27:24.26), Matt Lenehan (36th32.85), Taylor Hogshead (59th/28:24.57) and Matt Yankowski (75th/29:29.90)...A handful of Tritons will run in this Saturday's San Diego Track Club-sponsored 5K at Balboa Park.

GOLFERS MAKE 2009 DEBUT IN BELLINGHAM
Mike Wydra starts his 31st year as head coach of the UCSD Golf team when his squad opens its fall season today at the Western Washington Invitational in Bellingham, WA... Fifteen teams will tee it up at the 6,989-yd., par 72 Bellingham Country Club with 36 holes being contested on Monday followed by 18 more tomorrow...Representing UCSD will be returnees Keith Okasaki, Raj Samra, Austin Alfonso, Mike Neustadt and Mike Tilghman...The Tritons were seventh at this tournament last fall with Okasaki's tie for 11th the best individual finish.

NEWS & NOTES
UCSD students can meet Hillary Williamson, Katie Condon and Roxanne Brunsting of the UCSD Women's Volleyball team Thursday night when they kick off the 2009-10 "Taste of the Tritons" dining hall promotion at Roosevelt College's Café Ventanas... The trio will be appearing between 6:00 and 7:00 PM serving their specialty menu item-enchiladas with rice and beans.

This week, UCSD's online radio show, Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten, will feature UCSD Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus and junior midfielder Lisa Bradley...You can listen to the current Triton Talk starting Wednesday evening.

The Men's & Women's Tennis teams will both compete at the annual ITA West Regional Tournament, starting Thursday at Cal Poly Pomona...Both squads are sending returning players only for both singles and doubles...The individual singles and doubles winners will advance to the ITA National Championship in mid-October at Mobile, AL.


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