THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:
Thu, Oct. 8---W-Soccer---UCSD vs. Western Washington---7:00 PM
Fri, Oct. 9---M-Soccer---UCSD at Cal State East Bay---12:30 PM
Fri, Oct. 9---M-Tennis---UCSD vs. Point Loma---1:30 PM
Fri, Oct. 9---M-Water Polo---UCSD at Chapman---4:00 PM
Fri, Oct. 9---W-Volleyball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 10---Cross Country---UCSD hosts Triton Classic---9:00 AM
Sat, Oct. 10---Swimming---Blue-Gold Intrasquad Meet---11:00 AM
Sat, Oct. 10---W-Volleyball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 10---M-Water Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---TBA
Sun, Oct. 11---M-Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---12:00 PM
Sun, Oct. 11---W-Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---2:30 PM
Sun, Oct. 11---M-Water Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---TBA
CROSS COUNTRY HOSTS TRITON CLASSIC SATURDAY
Ten teams and roughly 125 runners per gender are expected to descend on the UC San Diego campus for Saturday's 16th annual Triton Classic Cross Country Meet...Coach Nate Garcia will send out full squads for both the women's 6K race at 9:00 AM followed by the men's 10K run 45 minutes later...This will be the men's first time at the 10K distance this season.
Garcia anticipates that teams from the Division I Big West Conference and the CCAA will provide the primary competition for the Tritons...All of his top female runners, including sophomore All-American Bre Schofield, will be on the starting line and the men's team should be at full strength with the exception of freshman Brian Knight who is still nursing a broken collarbone...The UCSD women are currently ranked seventh and the men eighth in the NCAA West Region...The top four ranked women's squads and the top three men's will earn NCAA Championship berths in November.
WOMEN'S SOCCER FACES TOUGH REGIONAL MATCH-UP THURSDAY
With a pair of home victories over the weekend, the Women's Soccer team extended its winning streak to a season high four games...Coach Brian McManus's club is now 9-2 on the season and 7-2 in the CCAA which puts them second in the league's South Division standings, one point behind Cal State L.A....The Tritons will now take on powerful regional foe Western Washington (6-2-2) Thursday before returning to the CCAA wars against Cal State East Bay (3-6-3/2-4-2) on Sunday...Both contests are in La Jolla...WWU is coming off an impressive 3-2 upset over previously undefeated, unscored upon and No. 1-ranked Seattle Pacific.
In a tough match with visiting Sonoma State Friday, the Tritons never found the back of the net...Fortunately, the Sea Wolves did the job for them, putting in an "own goal" at 43:23 that proved to be the only score of the evening...The key play came at the end of a UCSD free kick from 30 yards out and SSU's attempt to clear ended up bouncing over keeper Alexis Sciacqua's head...UCSD had a slight, 11-9, edge in shots and both sides earned two corners...Kristin Armstrong made two saves while getting the shutout in the Triton goal.
UCSD had no such trouble lighting up the scoreboard Sunday in a 3-1 romp over Humboldt State...A pair of freshman hooked up for the first goal, just 1:15 into the game--Gabi Hernandez heading in a cross from Jessica Wi from six yards in front of the goal...Late in the first half, UCSD made it 2-0 when junior Lisa Bradley received a throw-in to the right of the goal near the end line...She drove the ball across the goal mouth where Courtney Capobianco toe-poked it off the far post and into the net...Just over 10 minutes into the second half, freshman defender Hayley Johnson got her first collegiate goal, drilling a long range left-footer off the outstretched hand of Humboldt keeper Kelly Sandberg and into the far side...HSU's lone goal came on a penalty kick in the 77th minute...Armstrong made four saves before giving way to Kim Cushing who played the final 15 minutes.
Listen to Coach Brian McManus following Sunday's win over Humboldt State.
Hear interview with Lisa Bradley after Friday nights victory over Sonoma State.
MEN'S SOCCER SPLITS AT HOME; PLAYS TWO VS. EAST BAY
Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team faces conference rival Cal State East Bay (1-10/0-7) twice in three days this week, traveling to Hayward Friday and then hosting the Pioneers Sunday afternoon...The Tritons will be coming off a home split last week that leaves them 5-3-4 overall, 2-3-3 in CCAA play and fifth on the CCAA's South Division ladder.
The Tritons played one of their best games of the season Friday night but it was not enough to overcome No. 7 Sonoma State, which stayed undefeated by prevailing, 2-1...UCSD drew first blood on a picture goal by junior Shane Micheil...Forward David Bakal sent a cross from the left corner into the box and Micheil one-bounced a header past Sea Wolf keeper Brook Johnson in the 19th minute...Sonoma State tied it less than five minutes later and it was still 1-1 at the break...Just 3:26 into the second half, Sonoma capitalized on a two-on-one opportunity to score the decider...UCSD out-shot the Seawolves, 19-14, while the visitors held a 4-2 edge in corners.
UCSD survived some tense moments late while toppling Humboldt State, 2-1, Sunday... Bakal headed home a Jon Sawyer cross at the 2:05 mark for the first goal of the game and his first of the season...The Tritons' lead doubled when freshman Kian Malek tallied at 37:42...That scoring play started with a Tony Choi throw-in to Evan Walker...Walker looped the ball into the box where Malek took it out of the air and deftly lifted it over the desperate block attempt of the Lumberjacks' Kyle Verle and into the goal...UCSD appeared to be in total control but things got interesting in the 64th minute when a Triton communication breakdown on defense resulted in a gimme goal for Humboldt and cut the margin in half...UCSD keeper Peter Akman was active down the stretch as HSU outshot UCSD, 11-4, in the second half, getting new life from its unexpected score.
NO. 4 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL STAYS HOT
With a seven-game win streak in tow, the fourth-ranked Women's Volleyball team hits the road this weekend, tackling the CCAA's toughest back-to-back geographical challenge-Humboldt State (Friday) and Sonoma State (Saturday)...Coach Tom Black's Tritons, 16-1 overall, 8-1 in the CCAA and one game behind No. 1-ranked Cal State San Bernardino in the conference standings...Humboldt State (6-11/2-7) is tied for ninth on the CCAA ladder while Sonoma State (14-3/6-3) is tied for third.
UCSD received an unexpectedly stiff test from Cal State Monterey Bay but bounced back from a first set loss to post a 3-1 (26-28, 25-10, 25-20, 26-24) victory Friday night...Senior Sylvia Schmidt was again the offensive kingpin with 15 kills but there was plenty of help as redshirt freshman middle blocker Julia Freidenberg knocked down 12 kills with a blistering .450 hitting percentage and Katie Condon (11) and Lauren Bradley (10) also reaching double digits...Setter Elaine Chen handed out 45 assists and the dynamic backcourt duo of Roxanne Brunsting and Janessa Werhane combined for 18 digs and five aces.
Twenty-four hours later, there were no such difficulties as the Tritons powered past 13-3 San Francisco State, 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-17)...Schmidt pounded a game high 16 kills while hitting an other-worldly . 583 and birthday girl Condon chipped in with 10...UCSD served tough, registering nine aces against just six errors with Condon and Chen producing two each.
WATER POLO DUNKS UC DAVIS; FACE LMU AGAIN SATURDAY
Coach Denny Harper's 13th-ranked Men's Water Polo team (6-7) faces defending WWPA champion Loyola Marymount for the third time this season in the opening round of this weekend's UCI Invitational (formerly SoCal Invitational)...The two rivals will square off at noon Saturday at UCI and depending on the results will play either Cal or Pacific in round two later that afternoon...LMU (10-2), currently ranked fifth nationally, owns wins in both of the previous meetings this fall...The Lions have won 23-in-a-row against WWPA opponents.
UCSD overcame another lethargic start to top visiting UC Davis, 9-7, Friday night at the Coggan Family Aquatic Complex...After spotting the No. 12 Aggies a 3-0 first quarter lead, the Tritons stormed back with four straight of their own and never trailed from that point...Fast-improving senior Bryce Madsen scored UCSD's first goal and accounted for three of the Tritons' first five...A quick strike by Ian Bausback off a re-start had Harper's club up, 7-5, early in the fourth but Davis took advantage of two UCSD ejections to tie it with less than three minutes remaining...That seemed to spark the Tritons who snatched the lead right back on the next possession, senior Steven Donohoe taking a feed from Sean Cruz, muscling up and stuffing it into the short corner...Then, with just over a minute to go, Donohoe lofted a perfect lead pass to fellow senior Sean Roberts who backhanded it past Aggie goalie Kevin Peet on a counter...Roberts and Peter Gresham both finished with two goals.
Interview with Head Coach Denny Harper after UC Davis game.
Hear post-game comments from senior Bryce Madsen.
GOLFERS 10TH IN FALL DEBUT
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team posted its best score of the tournament (299) in the final round but it was only good enough to lift them into a 10th place finish at the 38th annual Western Washington Invitational at Bellingham Golf & Country Club last week...The Tritons wound up with a 54-hole total of 912...Sophomore Michael Tilghman was UCSD's top individual finisher, carding a seven-over par 223, putting him in a tie for 35th...Junior Keith Okasaki, who closed with an even par 72, ended up two strokes behind Tilghman in a tie for 41st...Raj Samra (229/T54th) and Michael Neustadt (238/T62nd) were next in for the Tritons...UCSD is back in action October 12-13 at the Chico State Invitational.
EMANI-WEST TAKE SPOTLIGHT IN TENNIS OPENER
Junior Armaun Emani and redshirt freshman Austin West won the doubles competition at last week's ITA West Region Tennis Championships at Cal Poly Pomona, knocking off Connor Olson and Taylor Bianco of Sonoma State, 8-5, in the final...The win earns the UCSD duo a spot in the ITA National Championships, Oct. 15-17, in Mobile, AL...UCSD's Eric Rubens and Blake Meister won the ITA national doubles title in 2007...Emani and West defeated teammates Alex Placek and Chapman Chan in the semi-finals while Olson and Bianco knocked out a third UCSD tandem, Samuel Ling and Jake Fellow in the other semi...Fellow and Erik Elliott both reach the semi-finals in singles play.
On the women's side, the doubles team of juniors Katie Mulloy and Roxy Pourmirzaie played their way to the quarterfinals while four Tritons, Mulloy, Pourmirzaie, Mizuguchi and Samantha Yeung reached the round of 16 in singles action...Only Yeung was able to advance to the quarters where she was eliminated in two sets by Jenny Chin of BYU-Hawaii...It was the first competition of 2009 for both squads.
NEWS & NOTES
Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten, UCSD's weekly online radio show, will feature Men's Soccer Head Coach Jon Pascale, Triton senior defender Dan Pavitt and Cross Country All-American Bre Schofield...Listen in starting Tuesday afternoon.
Mike Wright and Schofield of the Cross Country team will be appearing at Revelle College's Plaza Cafe Wednesday night (6:00-7:00 PM) in this week's "Taste of the Tritons" dining hall promotion.
Homecoming 2009 is set for Saturday, October 17...The annual alumni athlete bbq/tailgate is scheduled for noon at the track & field stadium...The second annual Championship brunch, honoring the 1989 & 1999 NCAA Women's Soccer champions, the 1990 Women's Water Polo national champions and the 2000 Men's Volleyball national champions will be held Sunday at 10:30 AM at the UCSD Faculty Club.
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