THE SCHEDULEMatch 14
Friday, Oct. 19 • 4:30 p.m.
vs. No. 20 Cal State Stanislaus
Triton Soccer Field • La JollaLive Stats
Sunday, Oct. 21 • 11:30 a.m.
vs. Chico State
Triton Soccer Field • La Jolla
TRITONS CLOSE IN ON ANOTHER DIVISIONAL CROWN
With two wins last weekend, UCSD inched closer to its 11th California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) South Division title in 13 years and 13th straight CCAA Championship berth since joining the conference for the 2000 season. A win against Cal State Stanislaus this Friday, Oct. 19, would clinch at least a share of the CCAA South Division for UCSD, and assure them a return trip to Carson in two weeks' time for the 2012 CCAA Championship.
MOVING UP THE RANKINGS
The Tritons moved up from No. 25 to No. 12 in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire national poll, with Friday's opponent, Cal State Stanislaus, dropping from No. 6 to No. 20 after a weekend split. CCAA North Division leader Sonoma State is the top-rated team in the conference, now at No. 5. UCSD and Cal State Stanislaus are ranked second and third, respectively, in the latest NSCAA West Region poll.
UCSD was winless in four match-ups with this weekend's two opponents a year ago, and hopes for better results at its home venue this time around. The Tritons played to a pair of scoreless draws on a road trip to Chico on Oct. 7, 2011, and Turlock two days later. They then lost to Cal State Stanislaus at the CCAA Championship, again in Turlock, 2-1, on Nov. 4, before dropping a 1-0 home heartbreaker to Chico State in the NCAA Championship Second Round on Nov. 13.
CONFERENCE HONOR FOR POZURAMA
Sophomore Triton forward Izzy Pozurama was named the Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week for Oct. 8-14 following her three-goal performance over the weekend. She became the first women's soccer honoree this season for UCSD. All four of Pozurama's goals in 2012 have come in the last three matches, all wins.
BRODSKY DOING WONDERS IN NET
The Tritons have not missed a beat following the departure to graduation of two-time All-American goalkeeper and CCAA Defensive Player of the Year Kristin Armstrong, thanks to the play of Kelcie Brodsky. The true freshman out of Agoura Hills has started all 13 games thus far and posted league-leading numbers of a 0.45 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. Her goals-against average ranks her 11th in the nation in the NCAA Division II, and first among freshmen.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
Cal State Stanislaus, which earned its first CCAA title a season ago, currently trails only Sonoma State in the North Division. The Warriors are coming off of a weekend split at home that saw them edge San Francisco State in overtime, 3-2, on Friday before getting narrowly beaten by Cal Poly Pomona by the same score on Sunday. That loss snapped a 10-match win streak. Cal State Stanislaus is led by All-American forward Karenee Demery, whose 14 goals lead the conference and are fourth-most in all of Division II. With three assists, she has a league-best 31 points. Fellow junior Emily Relles has a CCAA-best 10 assists. Senior Millie Brown (0.84 GAA) is the Warrior goalkeeper.
UCSD lost the last meeting between these teams, 2-1, in Turlock in the semifinal round of the 2011 CCAA Championship. The Tritons hold the advantage in the all-time series, 10-2-2. UCSD's last win (3-0) came in La Jolla on Oct. 17, 2010.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Chico State has lost three straight and seven of its last eight. The latest defeat came at home last Sunday to San Francisco State, 2-1, as the Wildcats allowed two goals over the final 11 minutes. Chico State was eliminated via penalty-kick tiebreaker by eventual national runner-up Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II Semifinals a season ago following a 1-1 draw in Pensacola, Fla. Junior forward Scotie Walker currently leads the squad with 11 points from five goals and one assist. Sophomore Brianna Furner (1.27 GAA, 64 saves) has played every minute in goal. The Wildcats play at Cal State San Bernardino on Friday afternoon before heading further south to La Jolla.
UCSD and Chico State last met on Nov. 13, 2011, with the Wildcats upsetting the Tritons to end their season in La Jolla in an NCAA Championship Second Round match, 1-0. The Tritons lead the all-time series, 9-5-1. They last topped Chico State, 3-1, in La Jolla on Oct. 15, 2010.
UCSD's game against Chico State on Sunday, Oct. 21, will mark the final regular-season home match for 10 Triton seniors. A ceremony will take place on the field prior to the game to recognize the accomplishments of Britnee Chesney, Danielle Dixon, Alexa Enlow, Laura Gordon, Gabi Hernandez, Hayley Johnson, Mary McWalters, Ellie Nevarez, Jessica Wi and Ellen Wilson.
WRITE THEM IN INK
Senior defenders Hayley Johnson and Ellen Wilson have each started all 80 games that UCSD has played since they stepped foot onto the La Jolla campus. Johnson has generally played at left back, with Wilson a center back in head coach Brian McManus' traditional three-defender alignment. Alongside forward Gabi Hernandez, the three fourth-year seniors are tri-captains this season. Wilson is the only Triton to have played every minute in 2012.
JOHNSON ON ASSISTS CHART
Hayley Johnson is now up to fifth place on the program's all-time assists list, with 31 over her stellar four-year career. She is tied for second on the team in 2012 with four assists after back-to-back team-leading double-figure seasons of 10 in 2010 and 14 in her All-American 2011 campaign. Earlier this year, Johnson passed current UCSD assistant coach and former Triton All-American Kristin Jones' total of 29 assists from 2000-03. She is five helpers away from tying a trio of former program greats in second.
HEAD COACH BRIAN McMANUS
Brian McManus is in his 26th season as the head coach of the UC San Diego women's soccer program. He has led the Tritons to all seven of their national titles, with five in the NCAA Division III and two in Division II. McManus' overall record currently stands at 427-64-42, for a career win percentage of .841. He trails only Gabe Mejail of Merrimack (430) for the most victories among current Division II coaches.
COLLEGES ROCK HUNGER
UC San Diego Athletics, in conjunction with the San Diego Food Bank, is taking part in the 2012 Colleges Rock Hunger campaign for the remainder of the month of October. The initiative provides nourishment for San Diego families in need. Anyone who brings a minimum of one canned food or other nonperishable food item to any UCSD intercollegiate sporting event will be admitted free of charge. A bin will be located above the west stands at Triton Soccer Field for both doubleheaders this weekend. Entry into Triton Soccer Field is free of charge for students and the general public throughout the regular season. Help a great cause and enjoy some exciting college athletics at the same time!
NEW ONLINE STORE
UC San Diego Athletics is excited to announce a new partnership with Advanced-Online which will provide a web-based, on-demand option for UCSD Tritons athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans now have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped in 24 hours. Advanced-Online will also offer special event and championship gear. Access the site at UCSDtritonsgear.com.
FOLLOW THE TRITONS
There are now more ways than ever to follow the Tritons. You've always got UCSDtritons.com at your fingertips, but our social media scene is growing by the hour. Get instant updates on Twitter and like us on Facebook. For a more visual approach, watch our YouTube channel. Be sure to follow the Tritons all year long on social media for updates, behind-the-scenes looks and giveaways!
-- UCSDtritons.com --