THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Mon., Sept. 27---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day
Tue., Sept. 28---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day
Fri., Oct. 1---WTennis---UCSD at ITA West Regional Championships---All Day
Fri., Oct. 1---MSoccer---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 1---WSoccer---UCSD vs. CSU San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 1---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---7:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 2---WTennis---UCSD at ITA West Regional Championships---All Day
Sat., Oct. 2---MWater Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---All Day
Sat., Oct. 2---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. CSU Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 3---MWater Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---All Day
Sun., Oct. 3---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---Noon
Sun., Oct. 3---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---2:30 PM
WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYS KEY TWO-GAME HOME STAND
Trying to build some momentum following an inconsistent four-game road stint where it went 1-1-2, the Women's Soccer team returns home to tangle with Cal State San Bernardino (5-2-1/3-2-1) and Cal Poly Pomona (5-2-1/3-2-1) this weekend...Coach Brian McManus's Tritons, now 4-2-2 after grabbing a win and a tie in Northern California last weekend, are 2-2-2 in conference action and fifth in the CCAA South Division standings...CSUSB and Cal Poly come into the week tied for third, half a game up on UCSD.
The Triton offense came to life Friday afternoon as UCSD snapped a two-game winless streak by popping host Cal State Monterey Bay, 4-1...Although UCSD dominated the stat sheet, out-shooting Monterey, 24-3, and taking six corners to their host's one, the contest was not quite as easy as it seemed...Sophomore Gabi Hernandez got the Tritons on the scoreboard first, heading in a free kick crossed by Hayley Johnson at 27:50...But CSUMB struck back quickly, knotting the score less than four minutes later...That's how it stayed until junior Sarah McTigue put UCSD back on top, 11:36 into the second half, using her head to convert a Shelby Wong cross...McManus & Co. salted it away by scoring two goals in a 2:26 stretch late in the game...First, sophomore Alyssa Newcomer deposited the rebound off another Johnson free kick, then senior Annette Ilg closed out the scoring, getting her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a Lindsay Mills rebound.
A familiar refrain reared its ugly head Sunday, however, as the Tritons clearly owned the numbers game but couldn't come up with anything tangible for their hard work, settling for a 0-0 draw at San Francisco State...UCSD out-shot the Gators, 17-9, earned nine corners to just one for SFSU and forced goalkeeper Annicia Jones to make 10 saves but left the Bay Area with its second scoreless effort in the last three outings...Ilg nearly pulled it out for the Tritons but her strike in the 109th minute clanged off the crossbar and away. MEN'S SOCCER GOES FOR THREE STRAIGHT FRIDAY AT HOME
Sporting a 2-1-1 mark in its last four outings (all on the road), including a pair of victories in Northern California last weekend, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team returns home to tackle Cal State San Bernardino (6-2/4-2) Friday and Cal Poly Pomona (5-3/3-3) Saturday...The Tritons are now 2-4-2 overall, 2-3-1 in conference play and sit fifth in the CCAA's South Division...CSUSB and Cal Poly Pomona are second and fourth respectively.
Senior Shane Micheil's goal propelled the Tritons to their first victory of 2010 Friday afternoon, 1-0, at Cal State Monterey Bay...Micheil's tally, which came off a Brandon Yee cross at the 18:46 mark, punctuated a great first half in which UCSD outshot the Otters, 9-2...The second 45 minutes were more survival than dominance but the Tritons ended up with a nine-shot advantage on the game and earned seven corner kicks to just three for the hosts...Freshman Jesse Brennan needed to make only one save in recording the shutout.
The opportunities were less abundant Sunday, but Pascale's charges made the most of their chances, putting away San Francisco State, 2-0...Sophomore Kian Malek collected UCSD's first goal as his corner kick deflected into the net off Gator keeper Michael McNeill at the 40:45 juncture of the first half...The Tritons struck again just 2:05 into the second half as sophomore Evan Walker broke free and beat McNeill unassisted for his first goal of the fall...Brennan turned away six shots for his second straight goose egg and third of 2010.
WOMEN'S V-BALL LOOKS FOR TURNAROUND AT RIMAC FRIDAY
Trying to put an end to its first five-match losing streak since 1992, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena to face Cal State L.A. (6-4/3-3) Friday and Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-10/1-5) Saturday...The Tritons, who started the season by winning five of their first six matches, come into this weekend's action 5-6, 2-5 in conference play and sitting 10th in the 12-team CCAA... Cal State L.A. stands tied for sixth in the league and Cal State Dominguez Hills is one step behind UCSD in 11th...Luyties is hopeful his club will be at full strength for the upcoming pair...Junior Hillary Williamson, who missed three matches with an ankle injury, was able to play in the back row last weekend while junior outside hitter Roxanne Brunsting, also nursing ankle issues, did not make the trip.
Working with a weakened arsenal, the Tritons dropped their fourth consecutive five-set decision last Friday, this time to host Chico State, 3-2 (25-14, 20-25, 13-25, 25-23, 20-18)...It was another believe-it-or-not for UCSD which outblocked the Wildcats, 11-4, drilled seven aces, scored two more total points, led, 7-3, in the fifth set and had a match point at 14-13...Junior Katie Condon led the Triton offense with 20 kills and sophomore Julia Freidenberg added 15 to go with two solo blocks and four block assists...Libero Janessa Werhane had 18 digs and two aces and Williamson, in a limited role, posted 16 digs and two aces.
The next night there were no excuses as host Cal State Stanislaus downed UCSD, 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22)...Freidenberg and freshman Sally Yingst accounted for 10 kills apiece but the Tritons were outhit and outblocked while falling to the Warriors for just the third time in 27 meetings.
WATER POLO ROUTS CHAPMAN; SO CAL TOURNEY NEXT
After crushing Chapman, 20-10, in front of 1,492 fans at Canyonview Pool, the Men's Water Polo team will now have the competition ratcheted up when it travels to Los Angeles this weekend for the annual SoCal Tournament...First on the docket for the No. 14 Tritons (6-5) will be fourth-ranked Stanford....Depending on the result of that match-up, UCSD will face either UC Santa Barbara, in what would be the two teams' third meeting of the season, or NAIA Concordia.
Last Friday, sophomore Brian Donohoe scored six goals and senior Bryce Madsen added five as UCSD overcame some sluggish early play to blast Chapman...Sloppy defense kept it close until late in the second quarter...But leading, 7-5, with just over three minutes remaining in the first half, Harper's Tritons exploded with four goals in a two-minute span to bust the game open...Senior Bryce Madsen accumulated five goals on the night and sophomore John Butler chipped in with two...Goalie David Morton stopped eight shots.
Listen to Coach Denny Harper's Thursday post-game interview.
Listen to sophomore Brian Donohoe's Thursday post-game interview.
Read the ucsdtritons.com Q&A with senior Bryce Madsen.
XC MEN FIFTH AT GRIAK INVITATIONAL; WOMEN 14TH
It will be an off week for Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country squad this week after a fruitful trip to the Midwest last weekend...One week from Saturday, the Tritons will swing back into action, hosting the annual Triton Classic on the North Campus course.
Buoyed by another solid performance from freshman Mario Flores, the UCSD men finished fifth in a 28-team Division II field at the 25th annual Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, MN...UCSD compiled 214 pts., well behind team champion Augustana (60 pts.) but just 56 points short of second...Flores covered the 8K University of Minnesota course in 26:40.1 and executed his pre-race plan to near perfection according to Garcia...The run earned him 34th place among the 334 competitors... Sophomore Matt Lenehan (42nd/26:48.2) was next in for the Tritons, followed by Jesse Morrill (50th/26:57.8), John Svet (64th/27:08.0) and Daniel Cooper (85th/27:25.5).
On the women's side, freshman Chia Chang extended an impressive string of early season results...Her time of 23:54.2 for 6K was the best for Garcia's crew and put her 39th in the 287-woman assemblage...Sophomore Catherine Crisp turned in perhaps the best outing of her UCSD career, claiming 60th place with a mark of 24:17.7...Rounding out the Triton scorers were freshman Kamilah Foley (85th/24:32.5), Aaryn Kobayashi (92nd/24:36.0) and Jackie Sikkema (116th/24:56.2).
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature the coaching trio of Brian McManus (women's soccer), Jon Pascale (men's soccer) and Ricci Luyties (women's volleyball)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Led by returning seniors Keith Okasaki and Richard Morris, Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team opens its 2010 fall season by making the annual trek to Bellingham, WA for the Western Washington Invitational...The 54-hole tourney will take place Monday and Tuesday at Bellingham Country Club.
Coach Liz LaPlante will take eight returners, including last year's No. 1 and 2 singles players Taskeen Bains and Natalie Varnay, to the ITA West Regional Tennis Championships this week at Cal State L.A.
Homecoming 2010 is scheduled for Saturday, October 23...A variety of team events are on tap with the annual Alumni Athlete BBQ/Tailgate slated for noon on Warren Field... Additionally, the UCSD Men's Water Polo team will host Loyola Marymount at 2:00 PM in Canyonview Pool and the Women's Volleyball team will battle Cal State Monterey Bay at 7:00 PM in RIMAC Arena...Sunday, the third annual Championship Brunch will be held at the Price Center Ballroom East...Being recognized will be the 1990 Women's Volleyball team, the 1991 Women's Water Polo team, the 2000 Women's Soccer team and 10 individual NCAA Swimming champions.
This week's promotions include free pizza for students, courtesy of Papa John's, between games of Friday's soccer doubleheader and free team photo posters at Saturday night's Women's Volleyball tilt...Women's Soccer standouts Lisa Bradley and Gabi Hernandez will be "celebrity servers" Wednesday night at Goody's on Ridgewalk while Kasra Sarabakhsh and Harris Rabin of the Men's Soccer team will be appearing at Ocean View Terrace the same evening.
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