No. 10 Tritons Begin CCAA Tournament Title Defense With Friday Matinee Against Gators as Top-Seeded Hosts
Match 19 - CCAA Tournament Semifinal
vs. San Francisco State (10-5-3, 7-3-2 CCAA)
Friday, Nov. 2 • 1:30 p.m.
Triton Soccer Stadium • La Jolla
Live Video (free) • Live Stats • Closed Caption Stream
Match 20 - CCAA Tournament Final
vs. No. 24 Chico State (10-1-5, 9-1-2 CCAA) or Sonoma State (11-3-3, 8-3-1 CCAA)
Sunday, Nov. 4 • 11:30 a.m.
Triton Soccer Stadium • La Jolla
Live Video (free) • Live Stats • Closed Caption Stream
TRITONS IN SEARCH OF FOURTH SUCCESSIVE CCAA TOURNEY BANNER
The No. 10 University of California San Diego women's soccer program begins its 2018 postseason run this weekend, as the top-seeded host for a second straight year of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament. The three-time defending champion Tritons (15-2-1, 10-2 CCAA), who just last Thursday night locked up a third consecutive CCAA regular-season title, will play in the second semifinal against No. 4 seed San Francisco State (10-5-3, 7-3-2 CCAA) on Friday, Nov. 2. Kickoff at Triton Soccer Stadium on North Campus in La Jolla is slated for 1:30 p.m. The first semifinal is at 11 a.m., and pits 24th-ranked No. 2 seed Chico State (10-1-5, 9-1-2 CCAA) against third-seeded rival Sonoma State (11-3-3, 8-3-1), the 2017 finalist. Sunday's women's final is set for an 11:30 a.m. start, with the winner once again earning the CCAA's automatic berth in the 56-team NCAA Championship field.
UC San Diego is a perfect 8-0 at home. The Tritons took the regular-season meeting with the Gators, 1-0, in San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 7, freshman Marissa Ray's unassisted first collegiate goal the lone tally in the 34th minute of that one. Tami Kwong, SFSU's sophomore forward and leading goal-scorer with five on the year, did not play that day.
CCAA TOURNAMENT TICKET INFORMATION
There will be an admission charge for both days of the 2018 CCAA Tournament at Triton Soccer Stadium. General admission is $10, with the entry fee $5 for seniors (65 and up), students (with identification) and youth (ages 3-12). Kids two and under are free. Tickets can be purchased beginning one hour prior to the first contest on each day, so 10 a.m. on Friday, and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Parking permits are required all day on Friday. They can be purchased at machines situated at corners of either of the nearest parking lots, which are behind the spectator stand, and the Hopkins Parking Structure adjacent to RIMAC. Parking is free on Sunday. By University policy, pets are not allowed at Triton Soccer Stadium, with the exception of service animals.
FREE ENTRY AND PIZZA FOR UC SAN DIEGO STUDENTS!
The first 300 UC San Diego students, with identification, will receive free entry into Friday afternoon's conference semifinal match with San Francisco State, courtesy of Triton Tide. They will also get free pizza! The entry offer will again be valid for 300 should the Tritons advance to Sunday's final at 11:30 a.m.
CCAA TOURNAMENT ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
The entirety of the 2018 CCAA Tournament will feature a live video stream, free to all, on UCSDtritons.tv. Broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed from smartphones and tablets alongside desktop and laptop computers. Seth Smith (@ItsSethESmith) will handle all of the play-by-play duties. Events are archived. All six games also have a closed caption stream, for free, here. All games have live stats. Fans can access live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above. For games involving the Tritons, starting lineups, live in-game updates and other news and notes can be found on the UC San Diego Athletics Twitter handle (@UCSDtritons). You can also check out in-match Instagram stories on the UC San Diego Athletics account (@ucsdtritons). Finally, check out the CCAA live scoreboard here to keep up on tournament results.
Wednesday marked the unveiling of the third official NCAA regional polls, with UC San Diego swapping spots with Western Washington after splitting the final week of the regular season on the road, and dropping to second. That duo is followed by Concordia (OR), Chico State, Point Loma, Sonoma State, Seattle Pacific, Cal State LA and San Francisco State. The top seven teams in the final edition of those rankings, up from six a year ago, qualify for the NCAA Championship. Only the No. 1 seed will earn a first-round bye, as opposed to the top two seeds in recent years. The NCAA field, expanded from 48 teams to 56 this season, will be unveiled on Monday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m. PT, live on NCAA.com. Once again this year, there are automatic qualifiers for all three West Region conferences in the CCAA, Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and Pacific West Conference (PacWest). The automatic berths in the CCAA and GNAC go to the tournament winners. Point Loma has locked up the PacWest entry as its regular-season champion.
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE UNITED SOCCER COACHES POLL
• Oct. 30: 10 (2nd in West)
• Oct. 23: 6 (1st in West)
• Oct. 16: 11 (2nd in West)
• Oct. 9: 10 (2nd in West)
• Oct. 2: 1 (1st in West)
• Sept. 25: 1 (1st in West)
• Sept. 18: 2 (1st in West)
• Sept. 11: 2 (1st in West)
• Sept. 4: 2 (1st in West)
• Preseason: 5
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
UC San Diego split its final weekend of the regular season on the road. The Tritons locked up a third consecutive CCAA regular-season championship with a convincing 3-0 victory at Stanislaus State on Thursday night. Kelsey Kimball headed in Megumi Barber's corner kick for what proved to be the winner in the first half. Mary Reilly and Barber both notched goals after the interval as the Tritons cruised to a sixth straight shutout victory. That run was snapped by a 1-0 loss at No. 25 Chico State on Saturday afternoon, the host Wildcats grabbing the lone goal in the 52nd minute. The shutout streak had stretched to a season-best 617:29 in all.
CCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Tritons are in search of a record 12th CCAA Tournament title and fourth in a row. They are making an 18th CCAA Tournament appearance, more than any other current member, in their 19th season in the conference. UC San Diego only missed the event in 2013. Last November, the Tritons edged city rival Cal State San Marcos in the semifinals, 1-0, thanks to a 67th-minute Maddy Samilo goal. They then got past Sonoma State in an instant classic, 4-3, with four headed goals, two from free kicks and two from corners. Natalie Saddic grabbed the winner with just 34 seconds left in regulation, following a 79th-minute equalizer as UC San Diego rallied. The Tritons blanked host Stanislaus State 1-0 on an 89th-minute tally by Mary Reilly and then Cal State LA 2-0 in the final in 2016. Picked seventh in the 2015 preseason, UC San Diego was seeded fourth in the 2015 CCAA Tournament before rolling to a ninth banner, outscoring three opponents, 10-3, including a 3-0 demolition of then-10th-ranked top seed Sonoma State in the semifinals. The Tritons fell 2-0 at CPP in the first round on Nov. 2, 2014, and have won seven straight tourney matches since by an aggregate score of 18-4. They were eliminated in the semifinals of three straight CCAA tournaments, all in Turlock, with the first two after penalty-kick tiebreakers, in between banners in 2008 in La Jolla and 2012 in Carson. UC San Diego is 21-4-4 over its 17 appearances. The Tritons have won the event all four previous times they have hosted it, in 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2017. They are an undefeated 10-0-1 in CCAA finals, lifting the banner after all 11 appearances.
FIELD IN LA JOLLA
UC San Diego clinched a third straight CCAA regular-season title, and thus a CCAA Tournament first-round bye, at the conclusion of its 3-0 win at Stanislaus State on Oct. 25. Joining the Tritons and No. 2 seed Chico State this week are No. 3 seed Sonoma State and fourth-seeded San Francisco State. Sonoma State is the only other holdover from last year's edition in La Jolla. The Seawolves got past Cal State LA, 1-0, at home in overtime in Tuesday's first-round matchup. San Francisco State, making its first postseason appearance since winning this event for the only time in 2010, outlasted Cal State San Marcos at home later Tuesday. After a scoreless deadlock through regulation and overtime, the final tally after an incredible nine rounds of penalty-kick tiebreaker, was 3-2 in favor of the Gators. The Tritons went 2-1 against this field during the regular season. The Tritons are 0-0-2 against San Francisco State in CCAA tourney games, though they most recently were ousted on penalty kicks by the Gators, 4-3, after a 1-1 draw in Turlock in 2010. UC San Diego remains an unbeaten 4-0-1 against Sonoma State at the CCAA Tournament, including last year's victory in the final. The Tritons are 2-0 versus Chico State.
Between a pair of 1-0 road defeats in CCAA action, at Cal State San Marcos on Oct. 3 and Chico State on Oct. 27 to conclude the regular season, UC San Diego posted six straight wins, all in shutout fashion. The loss in San Marcos was the Tritons' first in over a full calendar year. The shutout streak stretched to 617:29. Four of those six contests were scoreless at halftime, with UC San Diego winners coming after the interval. The first three were thanks to Mary Reilly, the prohibitive favorite for CCAA Offensive Player of the Year distinction.
UC San Diego is 34-2-1 over its last 37 conference matches, and 43-2-2 in its last 47 against CCAA foes in all competitions. The Tritons were 28-0-1 in their last 29 CCAA games and 37-0-2 over the previous 39 contests against CCAA opposition, prior to the Oct. 3 loss at Cal State San Marcos. Both those streaks began after another 1-0 CCAA road loss, at Sonoma State, on Oct. 18, 2015. UC San Diego had won 23 straight league matches prior to a 1-1 draw at Cal State East Bay last Oct. 26, and 29 straight games against CCAA foes before a scoreless tie at Cal State San Marcos last Oct. 21. The Tritons held a 93-15 scoring advantage and trailed in only three of those 39 matches. In 2016, UC San Diego completed the league slate unbeaten and untied for the first time since joining the CCAA in 2000, at a perfect 12-0. It marked the first such effort by a CCAA squad since Sonoma State went 14-0 in 1998. The Tritons went on to win both of their CCAA Tournament games, 2-0 and 1-0, to give them a 14-0 mark against CCAA foes, outscoring them 35-2 during the regular season and 38-2 overall. UC San Diego followed that up with a 10-0-1 ledger in 2017 to become the first team in CCAA women's soccer history to post back-to-back unbeaten league slates. The 29-game run is a league record.
UC San Diego's 27-game (23-0-4) unbeaten run, a new record for its Division II history (since 2000), was one of several lengthy streaks snapped by the Tritons' 1-0 loss at Cal State San Marcos on Oct. 3. The overall streak had matched the all-time program standard, with a previous 27-gamer (24-0-3) from Oct. 12, 1992, through Nov. 7, 1993. Both those years ended in Division III third-place finishes.
ATOP THE POLL
UC San Diego ascended to the top of the United Soccer Coaches Division II national poll on Sept. 25. It marked the Tritons' first No. 1 ranking since Sept. 2, 2002. They held onto that spot for the Oct. 2 listing, before a road split moved them back down to No. 10. Triton great and current coach Kristin Jones was an All-American junior forward on that 2012 team, which began the year as the two-time defending Division II national champion. When UC San Diego lined up against Sonoma State on Sept. 28, it was the first time it had taken the field as the No. 1 team in the land, since Sept. 2, 2002, when the lone goal in a 1-0 season-opening home win over Tusculum (TN), came from Jones in the 71st minute. Reigning national champion Central Missouri had its 32-game win streak (perfect 26-0 for first crown last year) snapped at Missouri Western in St. Joseph, Mo., on Sept. 21, 1-0, moving then-undefeated UC San Diego up from No. 2.
Twice this season, including Oct. 16 for her two game-winners on the road, fourth-year senior striker Mary Reilly swept the United Soccer Coaches Division II national and CCAA Player of the Week awards. She has three of each for her career. The first one in 2018 came on Sept. 18 after Reilly's five-goal outburst in a pair of wins to open league play at home. Her four-goal effort (watch here) in the 6-1 romp over Cal State Monterey Bay on Sept. 14, matched her career high, and marked her top output at Triton Soccer Stadium, having previously hit for four as a freshman at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Oct. 2, 2015. The performance included a first-half hat trick in a span of just 19:27, and bumped Reilly up over former strike partner (2015-17) Katie O'Laughlin (37) as the program's all-time goals leader for its NCAA Division II era, since 2000. The Chula Vista product began the year tied for 11th on the all-time chart, and is now alone in fifth with 46 career tallies, as she is in total points with 112. The milestone 40th was the opening winner in a 2-0 non-conference home defeat of Cal State San Marcos (9/22). Reilly leads the CCAA for a fourth straight year in shots (94), as well as in goals (13), points (27) and game-winning goals (six). She has 40 more shots than partner Megumi Barber (54) in second. Reilly got up over 300 shots for her career in that CSUSM match, now at 361.
SADDIC A STAR
Redshirt junior Natalie Saddic may not get the statistical recognition from her holding central midfield position, but the first-year Triton co-captain is again the anchor of the nationally-ranked team. The 2017 unanimous All-American finally came off the field for the first time in 2018, for the final 7:51 of the first half at Cal State San Marcos on Oct. 3. She has played 1610 out of 1640 minutes, and guided the team to nine shutouts through 18 matches, including six in a row from Oct. 7-25. Offensively, Saddic helped set up both goals in a 2-0 home victory over city rival Cal State San Marcos (9/22), gaining credit for her first collegiate assist on the latter tally, and followed that up with her initial goal of 2018 to open the scoring in a 3-1 home win over Humboldt State (9/30). She provided the assist on the decisive goal in both games this past weekend with lengthy runs. Saddic has started 57 consecutive matches for UC San Diego.
SUMMER THE PROVIDER
Fourth-year senior winger Summer Bales, a first-time co-captain in 2018, leads the CCAA in assists for a second straight season, currently alone at the top with her eight helpers. That total eclipses the Temecula native's previous career best of seven from 2017. She has started the last 41 games in a row, going back to her first collegiate start in the 2016 West Region final in Golden, Colo. Bales has 23 career assists, the most of any current Triton.
Senior striker Megumi Barber was named the CCAA Player of the Week for the first time in her four-year career on Oct. 2. She provided assists on the Tritons' opening goals in back-to-back wins over No. 24 Sonoma State (9/28) and Humboldt State (9/30), before also scoring the late clincher in a 3-1 victory over the Jacks. Starting for the first time in her career, Barber has laid claim to some memorable, terrific goals for the Tritons. Of her 11 career tallies, six in a row had been right-footed strikes from distance, prior to a left-footed chip from inside the penalty area against HSU. Barber's two most recent strikes have also been from outside the penalty area, with the left-footed capper from the very edge of the 18 against Cal State LA (10/19), and a deflected right-footer from 25 yards at Stanislaus State (10/25). Those two scores gave her a career-best five on the year. Click here for the midfield strike at Division I Hawai'i (9/7), and here for the free-kick banger against Cal State Monterey Bay (9/14).
UC San Diego is an undefeated 27-0-1 over its last 28 home matches, dating back to a 1-0 defeat to then-sixth-ranked Colorado School of Mines on Sept. 11, 2016. The Tritons wound up 13-0-1 in La Jolla in 2017. They were winners of 19 straight at home ahead of a 1-1 draw with UC-Colorado Springs in last year's national quarterfinals, eliminated via penalty-kick tiebreaker. Thirteen marked UC San Diego's most home wins since going 15-1 in La Jolla in 2001 en route to winning its second straight Division II national title, at Triton Soccer Stadium. The only other times the Tritons have completed a home season unbeaten in their Divison II era, were 2006 (11-0-1), 2002 (9-0-1) and 2000 (12-0). Around that 2016 meeting with Mines, UC San Diego is 35-0-2 in La Jolla since its last home loss to an unranked team, a 3-2 overtime defeat to Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 20, 2015.
Sophomores Michelle Baddour, Alexis Kirson and transfer Mia Bonifazi, along with true freshmen Ashlynn Kolarik, Christina Oddone and Marissa Ray, have notched their first collegiate goals this season. Kolarik, Oddone and Ray have been joined by Sophia Bruno, Emily Killeen, Hana Law and Lucy Tang as true freshmen to play their first collegiate games. Bonifazi made her first Triton appearance in the opener. Sydney Davey, a third-year Triton who had to sit out each of her first two seasons through separate injuries, earned her college debut in the CCAA opener against Cal State Monterey Bay.
The Tritons have used the exact same starting lineup in 16 of 18 contests, the lone exceptions being true freshmen Hana Law and Lucy Tang earning their first collegiate starts at right back and right midfield at Cal Poly Pomona (10/14) and at Chico State (10/27), respectively ... UC San Diego surrendered just 15 goals during the recently-ended 27-game unbeaten run, with an own goal, penalty kick and free kick among them, and posted 14 shutouts ... The Tritons had come out on the right side of 17 straight one-goal decisions prior to the 1-0 loss at CSUSM on Oct. 3, finishing 12-1 in such games a year ago, and currently at 10-2 this season ... The Tritons had nine 1-0 victories during their 27-game undefeated run, and have won 13 times with that score line since the start of the 2017 campaign, including six this year ... At the conclusion of a fourth-ever trip to Hawai'i, UC San Diego is an unbeaten 7-0-1 on O'ahu, outscoring opponents, 16-3 ... The Tritons' 2-1 victory at Hawai'i on Sept. 7 marked their first date with a Division I program in over two decades, since a 3-0 home win, also over UH on Oct. 19, 1997 ... Prior to the meeting with Hawai'i Hilo on Sept. 9, UC San Diego had last held an opponent without a single shot attempt in a 2-0 home decision over Cal State LA on Oct. 14, 2016 ... UC San Diego is 17-1-1 in season openers in its Division II era (since 2000), having suffered a lone defeat in 2014 at Seattle Pacific and outscored its opponents, 12-2, in four consecutive wins since ... The Tritons are 11-8 in CCAA openers, with three straight wins through comfortable decisions at Cal State San Marcos (4-0) in 2016, vs. Chico State (3-0) a year ago, and vs. CSUMB (6-1) on Sept. 14 ... Now-three-time reigning CCAA regular-season champion UC San Diego was again the preseason favorite to retain its crown, with 136 points and seven first-place votes.
UC San Diego's 30-player 2018 roster has just three seniors in fourth-year team members Summer Bales, Megumi Barber and Mary Reilly ... Kelsey Kimball and Angelica Ramos are both listed as redshirt juniors, also in their fourth year out of high school, and were recognized on Senior Day, but have one season of eligibility remaining ... Bales and Natalie Saddic are first-time team co-captains in 2018 ... Thirteen newcomers have joined the program, including 12 true freshmen ... Eight players are from San Diego, in Saddic (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS), Michelle Baddour (San Diego/University City HS), Megumi Barber (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS), Sydney Davey (La Jolla/La Jolla HS), Caitlin McCarthy (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS), Christina Oddone (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS), Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS) and Maddy Samilo (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) ... Sophomore forwards Mia Bonifazi (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Alexis Kirson (Las Vegas, Nev.) are the only two Tritons from outside of California ... Kristin Jones (Oceanside HS), a two-time national champion and two-time All-American as one of the greatest players to ever come through the storied UC San Diego program, is in her 19th straight season as a Triton player or coach.
CCAA TOURNAMENT REMAINS IN LA JOLLA
UC San Diego is the proud host of the 2018 CCAA Tournament semifinals and finals for the second consecutive year and fifth time in all. Two women's and two men's semifinals will be contested at Triton Soccer Stadium on Friday, Nov. 2, with the two finals set for Sunday, Nov. 4. Game times on Friday are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for the women's semis, and 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the men. Sunday's game times are 11:30 a.m. for the women's final, and 2 p.m. for the men's. First-round matchups took place on the campuses of the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds on Tuesday, Oct. 30. In all four previous instances that UC San Diego has served as the host, the Triton women have won the event, in 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2017. The women's champion once again earns the CCAA's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
CCAA FORMAT UNCHANGED
For the fifth year in a row, the CCAA slate consisted of a single round robin, with all teams meeting once for 12 matches total, and the top six sides (based on most points; three points for a league win, one for a tie) in the final regular-season standings qualifying for the 2018 CCAA Tournament.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
UC San Diego is led offensively and defensively by Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS) and Natalie Saddic (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS), respectively. Reilly began a fourth and final season up top with 33 career goals, and as the CCAA's shots leader by a wide margin in each of her first three years. Saddic is back at holding central midfielder after a rash of injuries forced her to center back for the 2017 postseason. The third-year transfer from UC Davis was a unanimous All-American, and the CCAA Defensive Player of the Year and CCAA Tournament Most Valuable Defensive Player last fall. Joining Reilly as fourth-year Tritons are winger Summer Bales, forward Megumi Barber (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS), and Kelsey Kimball, who takes over at center back after sitting out the entire 2017 season through injury. Barber is Reilly's new strike partner. True sophomores Delaney Whittet and Natalie Widmer return around Kimball at left and right back, respectively. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Angelica Ramos, the 2017 CCAA Newcomer of the Year, also is back from injury, with sophomore Katie Wilkes having taken over for the three NCAA Championship matches last November after Ramos left the CCAA final with a season-ending injury. Caitlin McCarthy (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS) remains in central midfield, with fellow true sophomores and locals Michelle Baddour (San Diego/University City HS) and Maddy Samilo (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) slotting into the starting spots in central midfield and on the right wing, respectively. Baddour has taken over the No. 10 shirt.
UC San Diego went 17-2-3 overall and an unbeaten 10-0-1 in the CCAA a year ago. The season ended with a 17-game undefeated streak (14-0-3) as the Tritons played to a 1-1 home draw with UC-Colorado Springs in the national quarterfinals, and were eliminated via penalty-kick tiebreaker. That was after a second successive showdown with Western Washington in the West Region final, this one going to UC San Diego in front of the home crowd, 2-0, to complete its treble. The regular-season champion Tritons won the CCAA Tournament for a third straight and record 11th time, as the top-seeded host. Sonoma State was the opponent in a thrilling final, which UC San Diego rallied to take 4-3 thanks to Natalie Saddic's headed goal with 34 seconds left.
ABOUT THE GATORS
San Francisco State (10-5-3, 7-3-2 CCAA) is making its first postseason appearance since 2010, when it won its only CCAA tourney banner, after eliminating UC San Diego via penalty-kick tiebreaker (4-3 after 1-1 draw) in Turlock. The fourth-seeded Gators ousted Cal State San Marcos in Tuesday's first-round game at home, also through tiebreaker, 3-2 after nine rounds of penalty shots. Sophomore Nicki Rucki was the star. The official result of the match went down as a 0-0 draw. San Francisco State, which was picked seventh in the preseason poll, is 5-2-2 away from home. Tracy Hamm is in her fourth season in charge of the Gators.
UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 18-3-6, with four straight wins. The Tritons have posted back-to-back 1-0 victories, in San Francisco on Oct. 7 through a 34th-minute Marissa Ray goal, and at home last Oct. 6 courtesy of a 49th-minute Elisa Martinez penalty kick. They won 2-0 on the road in 2016 through a Mary Reilly brace. UC San Diego blanked the Gators 2-0 in La Jolla on Oct. 11, 2015, thanks to goals by then-freshmen Reilly and Danielle Nunn over the final 13 minutes. The teams played to a scoreless draw in San Francisco on Oct. 19, 2014. The Tritons had swept two-game sets in both 2011 and 2012 while San Francisco State was a fellow member of the CCAA South, and had won five straight in all, prior to a 1-1 tie in La Jolla on Oct. 25, 2013. UC San Diego had not allowed a goal to the Gators over 338:35 prior to Stephanie Vanni's 29th-minute opener. The equalizer came off of a free kick with just 30 seconds left in the first half. The Tritons are still unbeaten against San Francisco State over their last 13 (9-0-4), including another 1-1 tie in Turlock in the semifinals of the 2010 CCAA Tournament before the Gators advanced on penalty kicks, 4-3. They have again not surrendered a goal to the Gators over the last 551:27, since Vanni's goal in 2013. Reilly has three goals in three games against SFSU.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS
No. 24 Chico State (10-1-5, 9-1-2 CCAA) was picked for fifth in the CCAA preseason poll, and ended up second when it defeated UC San Diego on its Senior Day last Saturday, 1-0, holding off third seed Sonoma State for an all-important first-round bye. The Wildcats were one of the last eight or so unbeaten teams left in all of Division II, prior to suffering a 2-1 defeat at San Francisco State on Oct. 21. That decider came with just 43 seconds left in regulation. The 'Cats previously drew 1-1 at Stanislaus State on Oct. 17, falling one short of tying the program record of eight consecutive wins. They took back-to-back 1-0 home decisions to end the regular season. Chico State is 5-1-1 away from home in 2018. Kim Sutton is in her 18th season in charge of the Wildcats.
UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 14-6-4, though it dropped the most recent meeting, 1-0 in Chico last Saturday afternoon. The Tritons won 3-0 and 3-1 at home the previous two years, after a decisive 4-0 triumph in Chico in 2015. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in Chico in 2014, with Katie O'Laughlin and Halima Abdelshife's goals cancelling each other out in the 14th and 68th minutes, respectively. In 2013, the sides tied in Chico, 2-2, with UC San Diego later winning 2-0 at home. The Tritons had gone 6-0-3 in nine regular-season matchups between a 2-0 loss in Chico in 2009, and last Saturday's decision. Chico State did, however, end UC San Diego's 2011 campaign in La Jolla with a 1-0 victory in the second round of the NCAA Championship.
ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES
Sonoma State (11-3-3, 8-3-1 CCAA) was picked to finish second behind UC San Diego in the preseason, and is the No. 3 seed. The Seawolves were CCAA Tournament finalists in 2017, falling 4-3 to the Tritons in an absolute thriller. They blanked No. 6 seed Cal State LA, 1-0, in Tuesday's first-round match at home, the winner coming at 99:16 in overtime from Bella Amyx. Miriam Bloom, a senior central midfielder out of Encinitas (San Dieguito HS Academy) and first-team All-West Region and All-CCAA performer in 2016, is the twin sister of senior forward Nathaniel Bloom of the Triton men. She missed eight straight matches through injury, but has started the last three. Emiria Salzmann Dunn, the 2012 and 2015 CCAA Coach of the Year, is in her eighth year in charge at her alma mater.
UC San Diego leads the all-time series, 20-2-3, and has taken four straight. It most recently earned a 2-1 home victory back on Sept. 28, with freshman Christina Oddone's 44th-minute goal proving to be the winner after Mary Reilly and Julia Pritchard had canceled each other out with strikes just 24 seconds apart in the 13th. The teams played to a thriller in the CCAA Tournament final in La Jolla last Nov. 5, with the Tritons rallying from a 3-2 deficit over the last 12 minutes to win 4-3. Natalie Saddic, the CCAA Tournament Most Valuable Defensive Player, notched the decider with just 34 seconds remaining in regulation. All four Triton goals were set-piece headers. Last year's regular-season meeting in Rohnert Park was canceled due to unhealthy air quality levels from extreme wildires in Sonoma County. UC San Diego earned a 2-0 home shutout in the 2016 regular-season meeting. The teams split two meetings in 2015, with SSU winning 1-0 at home during the league slate, and the Tritons producing a 3-0 triumph in the CCAA Tournament semifinals in Pomona. The result in Rohnert Park marked just the second time that the Seawolves came out on top. The Tritons took a critical 1-0 victory on the road late in the 2014 season when Sonoma State was ranked 15th. Their first defeat to SSU was in La Jolla, 3-2 on Sept. 29, 2013, the decisive goal coming in the 86th minute. The 2012 matchup in Rohnert Park ended in a goalless draw.
HOMECOMING AND HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
During UC San Diego Homecoming weekend, Oct. 19-21, all-time leading scorer Heather (Mauro) Hilliard (1986-89) was inducted into the UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame. She is the third member of the women's soccer program to be so honored, after Ele Johnson (Class of 2013) and Julia Cuder (2014).
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for the NCAA Championship in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.
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The 56-team NCAA Division II Championship field will be unveiled on Monday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m. PT, live on NCAA.com. UC San Diego hopes to hang onto a top-two hosting position in the West Region.
About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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For complete coverage and information regarding UC San Diego Athletics, follow the Tritons online at UCSDtritons.com and through social media on Twitter (@UCSDtritons), Instagram (@ucsdtritons) and Facebook (UCSDtritons). For more information on UC San Diego Women's Soccer, follow on Instagram (@ucsdwsoc).