UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 19, 2009)
Release: Saturday 10/18/2009 
by UCSD
Freshman sweeper Ellen Wilson and the 11th-ranked Women's Soccer team are home for two this weekend.
Freshman sweeper Ellen Wilson and the 11th-ranked...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

This Week's Events

Mon., Oct.19---M Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day
Mon., Oct. 19---W Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Los Angeles---7:00 PM

Tue., Oct. 20---Golf---UCSD at Sonoma State Invitational---All Day

Thu, Oct. 22---W Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Fri, Oct.23---W Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---4:30 PM
Fri, Oct. 23---M Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Fri, Oct. 23---W Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Los Angeles---7:00 PM
Fri, Oct. 23---M Water Polo---UCSD at UC Irvine---7:00 PM

Sat, Oct. 24---Cross Country---UCSD at CCAA Championships---9:00 AM
Sat, Oct. 24---Fencing---UCSD vs. UCLA, USC, UCSB, ASU---10:00 AM
Sat, Oct. 24---Swimming---UCSD vs. Claremont---12:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 24---M Water Polo---UCSD at Claremont---1:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 24---M Water Polo---UCSD at Pomona Pitzer---4:30 PM

Sun, Oct. 25---Crew---UCSD hosts SD Row for the Cure---7:00 AM
Sun, Oct. 25---W Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---12:00 PM
Sun, Oct. 25---M Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:30 PM


SEVEN STRAIGHT WINS FOR NO. 11 WOMEN'S SOCCER
The 11th-ranked Women's Soccer team starts a crucial three-game week when it travels to No. 17 Cal State L.A.(12-2-2/9-2-2) tonight and then returns home this weekend to host Cal State San Bernardino (8-6-2/7-3-2) Friday and Cal  Poly Pomona (8-8/4-8) Sunday...The Tritons boast a 12-2 overall record coming into tonight's festivities and have won seven straight...They are second in the CCAA South Division, two points behind Cal State L.A., and could jump over the Golden Eagles into first with a win this evening.

Sophomore Anne Wethe assisted on both goals as UCSD collected a hard-fought, 2-1, triumph at Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday...The Toros drew first blood in the sixth minute of the contest but UCSD struck back at the 20:24 mark...Soph Sara McTigue, whose six goals tie her with Shelby Wong for the '09 team lead, accounted for the first Triton marker, taking a cross box pass from Wethe and banging it in off the post...It was still 1-1 more than 67 minutes later and overtime was looming until freshman Alyssa Newcomer, recently back from the injured list, ran onto a lead pass from Wethe and deftly chipped it over oncoming Dominguez keeper Alyssa Congdon with just 2:19 remaining in regulation for the game winner...In a defensive-oriented battle, UCSD had six shots to the Toros' five and took four more corners (6-2)...Sophomore keeper Kristin Armstrong made two saves while surrendering only her second goal during the seven-game win skein.

MEN'S SOCCER LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT HOME
Two creditable performances returned nothing but frustration for the Men's Soccer team which suffered a pair of one-goal road losses to high-powered conference opponents last weekend...That leaves Coach Jon Pascale's side 7-5-4 overall, 4-5-3 in the CCAA and close to facing elimination from CCAA Championship competition with four games remaining...The Tritons will be back home this week to battle Cal State San Bernardino (12-3-1/8-3-1) Friday and Cal Poly Pomona (7-7-1/5-6-1) two days later.

Friday afternoon, the Tritons dropped a 3-2 decision to defending NCAA champion Cal State Dominguez Hills...The Toros struck twice in a 10-minute span late in the first half to take a two-goal margin into the break...Dominguez appeared to stick the Tritons with a dagger at with goal No. 3 at 78:55, but just over five minutes later, freshman Evan Walker freed up Kyle Parton for a breakaway and the senior midfielder delivered with his first goal of the year...Then, 4:07 later, it was Parton setting up junior David Bakal, who scored his third of 2009, bringing UCSD within one...But the Tritons were unable to get the equalizer...The Toros outshot UCSD, 12-6, with keeper Peter Akman getting four saves...The Tritons had 6-2 edge in the corner kick department.

Sunday afternoon, Akman matched a personal career high with 11 saves but it was the one that got away that felled UCSD, 1-0, against No. 13 (formerly No. 1) Cal State L.A...The Golden Eagles owned a huge, 24-5, advantage in shots, but none of their 14 first half strikes were able to crack the Triton defense...That changed 2:54 into the second half and although UCSD had a few solid chances late, they were again not able to get any offensive return.

VOLLEYBALL ROCKS SAN BERNARDINO; CSULA VISITS FRIDAY
Fresh off a commanding home victory over the nation's No. 2-ranked team, Cal State San Bernardino, the third-ranked Women's Volleyball will play rare back-to-back road-home matches this week, traveling to Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-20/1-13) Thursday then returning to RIMAC Arena to host Cal State L.A. (15-6/11-3) Friday...UCSD (20-1/12-1) beat both of this week's opponents earlier in the season but the Cal State L.A. win was a barnburner that saw the Tritons rebound from a 2-1 deficit and then fight back from 12-14 in the fifth set to pull out the "W"...UCSD is now tied with Cal State San Bernardino atop the CCAA standings and has won 11 straight since absorbing its lone loss at San Bernardino over a month ago...Cal State L.A. is two games back in third.

In a match that they could easily have overlooked, the Tritons brushed aside a solid Cal Poly Pomona club, 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-21) last Friday night...With the team hitting a collective .280, the Tritons got double digit kill performances from sophomore Katie Condon (12) and senior Sylvia Schmidt (11) and setter Elaine Chen doled out 33 assists...Libero Roxanne Brunsting had 13 digs and three aces while senior Karen Reis came off the bench and dug 10 balls...When the Broncos scored the first point of game two, it was the only time the Tritons trailed all night.

Twenty-four hours later, Black's charges came out firing, overcame a third-set lapse and put away undefeated Cal State San Bernardino, 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 13-25, 25-20) in front of 919 at RIMAC Arena...Schmidt, dominant down the stretch, banged 18 kills (.302) and got plenty of help from Condon (11 kills) and redshirt freshman Julia Freidenberg (10)...Chen chalked up 40 assists and eight digs as the UCSD offense hit .268 for the night...The Tritons broke open a tight first set late, closing it out with a 9-4 run...The second was tied, 6-6, but UCSD hit a blistering .457 to put the Coyotes on their heels and down, 2-0...Showing the mettle of a perennial power, San Bernardino scored eight straight points after a lengthy delay early in the third set and cruised from that point...Game four was akin to a pair of heavyweights slugging it out as the two teams exchanged points from 11-11 to 19-19...At that point, a pair of kills by Schmidt and a bevy of San Bernardino hitting errors took the Tritons to match point at 24-20 and a Freidenberg kill nailed down the decision...Brunsting had 16 digs and an ace for UCSD.

Hear Coach Tom Black's interview following Saturday's match vs. CSUSB.
Hear Sylvia Schmidt's comments after the CSUSB match.




WATER POLO HEADS TO UC IRVINE FRIDAY

After dropping a tough, 9-7, home decision to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara last Friday night, the 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team hits the road for three games this weekend...On Friday, the Tritons tangle with No. 9 UC Irvine...A day later, they'll do a Division III double dip, taking on both Claremont and Pomona Pitzer...The Tritons come into the UCI match-up with a 9-10 record while UCI (11-5) has won its last five in a row, one an 8-7 victory over UCSD at the UCI Invitational Oct. 11.

In the Tritons' loss to UCSB, they again suffered from a slow start...The Gauchos scored the first two goals of the contest and were up, 5-2, in the second quarter before UCSD really seemed to get its footing...It was 7-4 when UCSD's Sean Roberts tallied on a rebound from close range and Peter Gresham knocked down a good look in a 6-on-5 situation...UCSB pushed it back to two goals at 8-6 but Gresham countered with a skipping rocket with 4:10 remaining in regulation to again make it a one goal game... The Tritons had chances to knot it but a Gaucho man-up tally iced the verdict.

CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP ON TAB FOR CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
It's the start of championship season for Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams which travel to Humboldt State for this Saturday's CCAA Championships which will be run on the BeauPre Golf Course in McKinleyville...The grassy layout has a couple of good-sized hills on both the women's 6K and men's 8K courses...The Tritons were second on the men's side and the women were third at last year's league get-together.

Ten runners will be on the starting line for both teams and sophomore All-American Bre Schofield,  third in the conference last fall, will be front and center for the UCSD Women...Figuring to provide primary support are sophomores Elena Inouye and Aaryn Kobayashi along with junior Brianna Albana and senior Marie Schaper.

For the men, the top duo figures to be senior Mike Wright and sophomore comer Jeremy Riley...Based on recent performance, sophomores Alex Corliss and John Svet are also likely scorers for the Tritons.

FENCERS OPEN AGAINST LEAGUE RIVALS
The fall season kicks into high gear for Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing squad which will battle four conference foes in Pasadena (at Cal Tech) Saturday... UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State will furnish the competition in the Tritons' first team outing of 2009-10.

Last weekend, the Tritons flexed their muscle in the Collegiate Open hosted by UC Irvine...A non-team competition, the event featured fencers from most of the conference schools and Runyan's squad posted top three finishes in five of the six weapons...UCSD went 1-2-3 in both men's sabre and men's foil...In the latter, Benjamin Dorn, Michael Fong and Joseph Schenkel did the honors and in sabre it was Jonathan Ott, Bryan Kim and Christopher Bonner...Pilar Alicea and Rose Forcier were first and third respectively in women's foil...In women's sabre, Alicia Trigeiro was the runner-up and Anne Schnecker placed third and Victoria Mo copped the second spot in women's epee.

GOLFERS FINISH FALL CAMPAIGN AT SONOMA STATE INVTNL.
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team closes out its fall season today and tomorrow at the 15-team Sonoma State Invitational...The fivesome of Keith Okasaki, Michael Tilghman, Raj Samra, Richard Morris and Justin Gabbert will be sent out by Wydra in the 54-hole Santa Rosa Country Club event.

The Tritons placed eighth last week at the rain-shortened InterWest Wildcat Classic, hosted by Chico State, at Butte Creek Country Club...The field got in 36 holes Monday but rain and high winds forced the cancellation of Tuesday's final round...UCSD posted a team total of 613, some 34 strokes behind winner Chico State and eight behind seventh place Sonoma State...Top individual for the Tritons was Okasaki whose 151 put him in a tie for 26th place...His second round 72 was UCSD's top single round in the tourney... Samra tied for 32nd at 152, followed by Tilghman (T43rd/155), Morris (T48th/156) and Brian Olshock (T52nd/158).

NEWS & NOTES
Soccer will be the main topic of this week's Triton Talk online radio show with host Craig Elsten...Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus will guest and the program will also feature an interview with Swimming & Diving Coach Scott McGihon whose team opens its regular season Saturday against Claremont at Cathedral Catholic High School.

Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew team will host the 2009 San Diego Row for the Cure, Sunday at Mission Bay's North Ski Beach...All proceeds from the regatta will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation in its breast cancer research efforts... Registration starts at 6:30 AM and events commence at 7:00 AM...For more information, go to www.RowForTheCure.com.

Hundreds of former Triton athletes returned to La Jolla last weekend for Homecoming 2009...A variety of team-oriented functions, the annual Alumni Athlete BBQ and Sunday's Championship Brunch, honoring four national title teams celebrating anniversaries--1989 Women's Soccer, 1990 Women's Water Polo, 1999 Women's Soccer and 2000 Men's Volleyball--were all part of the festivities.

 

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Wednesday, April 23
M Golf at Day Two
7:30 AM
Stockton
Friday, April 25
W Water Polo vs. TBA
TBA
UC San Diego
Track & Field vs. Day One
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
3:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, April 26
W Crew at Day One
All Day
Rancho Cordova
Track & Field vs. Day Two
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Baseball vs. Azusa Pacific
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Baseball vs. Azusa Pacific
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, April 27
W Crew at Day Two
All Day
Rancho Cordova
Thursday, May 01
Track & Field vs. Day One
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Baseball at Cal State San Bernardino
3:00 PM
San Bernardino
Friday, May 02
Softball at CCAA Championship Tournament
TBA
Stockton
Gatorade Pong