Tue., Sept. 12---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---
Tue., Sept. 12---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---
Fri., Sept. 15---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Fri., Sept. 15---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Stanford---
Fri., Sept. 15---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Fri., Sept. 15---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---
Sat., Sept. 16---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
Sat., Sept. 16---Cross Country---UCSD at Aztec Invitational---
Sat., Sept. 16---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---
Sun., Sept. 17---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
Sun., Sept. 17---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at ChicoState---
Sun., Sept. 17---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at ChicoState---
WOMEN’S SOCCER STAYS UNDEFEATED WITH COMEBACK WIN
In one of the biggest weeks of the year, the battered but far from broken 17th-ranked Women’s Soccer team faces three conference tilts in six days, starting with CCAA South Division rival Cal State Dominguez Hills, at home Tuesday...UCSD, now 5-0 after capturing its first two CCAA outings of the season, then heads north to take on Cal State Stanislaus (Fri.) and ChicoState (Sun.)...All three opponents, along with UCSD, made last year’s CCAA Championship tournament field.
The Tritons used a business-like effort to top visiting Cal State San Bernardino, 2-0, Friday night...Sophomore Amanda Esquivel collared a long rebound and deposited a 35-yd. blast in the upper right corner to give UCSD the lead less than nine minutes into the contest... Junior Caitlin Ryan capped the scoring two minutes into the second half with her team-high third goal of the year, a 20-yarder off a penalty re-start...UCSD dominated the statistics, outshooting the Coyotes, 16-2, and earning an 8-1 corner kick advantage... Keeper Jessica McGovern was forced to make just one save in recording her second shutout.
With three-time All-CCAA selection Kelly Cochran and fellow starters Alise Malley and Kathy Sepulveda sidelined with illness or injury and 2005 CCAA Player of the Year Megan Dickey knocked out of the game in the first half, Coach Brian McManus’s club dug deep for a heroic, 2-1, come-from-behind overtime decision vs. Cal Poly Pomona Sunday...Down, 1-0, at half, the Tritons collected themselves, knotted it at the 67:27 mark on a sequence that went Ryan to Laura Davey to Natasha Belak-Berger, who crossed inside to Ali Lai...Lai gathered the ball, wheeled left and fired to forge a tie...UCSD mounted several threats in the final minutes of regulation and kept the pressure up in OT before Lai scored the winner just 3:38 into the first extra period...The winning play was started by junior Nicole Pepper who forwarded the ball to sophomore Laura Borenstein deep in the right corner...Borenstein crossed it to Lauren Segars who produced a sharp volley that CPP keeper Amanda Cunningham misplayed...Lai was there to scoop up the rebound.
DOMINGUEZ HILLS OPENS BIG WEEK FOR MEN’S SOCCER
Coach Derek Armstrong’s Men’s Soccer team faces perennial national power Cal State Dominguez Hills, Tuesday night in La Jolla, to kick off a set of three conference games that will include road tests at Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State...All four schools are still undefeated in CCAA play after the first week of the league season...The Tritons are now 2-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the CCAA.
Still trying to fit all the pieces together, UCSD won its conference opener, 2-1, over Cal State San Bernardino Friday on Mark Moreira’s indirect kick 1:09 into the second ovetime period...It was Moreira’s second tally of the night...With assists from Tom Winkler and Tony Choi, he completed a nice passing series to put UCSD up, 1-0, at the 12:03 mark...CSUSB capitalized on a Triton defensive breakdown to deadlock the score five minutes later and that’s how it stayed until the second overtime session...The clinching goal caught the Coyotes off guard as Winkler, standing over the ball on the re-start, simply removed his foot and Moreira drilled it past the CSUSB wall as well as flat-footed keeper Lucas Pepi....The Tritons were plus-seven (16-9) in terms of shots but San Bernardino had a 7-5 corner kick edge.
Armstrong’s side showed continued improvement Sunday against Cal Poly Pomona but got only a tie to show for it, as senior Dustin Tannenhaus evened the score at one with 3:34 left in the second half and that’s the way it remained through two overtimes...The Broncos got a nifty goal midway through the second half and were poised to depart La Jolla with a victory until Moreira delivered a late free kick from the left sideline, Tannenhaus got loose in the box and flicked a header into the right corner for his first goal of the campaign...UCSD had narrow advantages in both shots (16-13) and corners (6-4)...Sophomore Luis Salazar had six saves in goal.
EIGHT STRAIGHT FOR FIFTH-RANKED MEN’S WATER POLO TEAM
Vaulting to No. 5 in the national poll after winning its own Triton Invitational on the season’s first weekend, the Men’s Water Polo team flexed its new ranking muscle with a commanding performance at last weekend’s Inland Empire Tournament, easily handling four opponents while running its season mark to 8-0...That is the Tritons’ best start since they opened 10-0 in 2001...UCSD now travels to Palo Alto to face No. 4 Stanford Friday and then plays in the NorCal Tournament at the same site, Saturday and Sunday...The Tritons will have a rematch with No. 9 UC Irvine in the first round and if they win that figure to face No. 1 Cal in game two.
Coach Denny Harper’s squad opened the tournament Saturday with a 12-3 victory over Cal Lutheran, getting three goals from senior Ty Lackey and another pair from junior Adi Jerkovic...Game two Saturday was a 21-5 blowout vs. Pomona Pitzer...Lackey tallied four times and fellow senior Jesse Casellini netted three as 12 different Tritons hit the scoresheet..
Sunday was more of the same as UCSD rocked Whittier, 15-5, in the morning with A.J. Kotanjian and Lackey registering three goals apiece and Mike Lee, Ben Miller and Sid Menon each notching a deuce...The Tritons closed things up by putting away Redlands, 9-5...UCSD was cruising, 6-0, at the half but Redlands narrowed it to 7-4 after three before finally succumbing...Lackey and Casellini both scored a trio of goals and senior goalie Jeremy Randall blocked 10 shots.
NO. 8 VOLLEYBALL LOOKS TO REBOUND ON ROAD
The eighth-ranked Women’s Volleyball team will be trying to bounce back from its first loss of the year when it hits the road this weekend for a pair of conference matches at Cal State San Bernardino (Fri.) and Cal Poly Pomona (Sat.)...Coach Tom Black’s spikers are now 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA, tied for second with Cal State L.A. and Chico State, one game behind league-leading San Bernardino...Cal Poly Pomona, defending CCAA co-champ, is 2-2.
Friday night, the Tritons brushed aside Cal State Stanislaus, 3-0 (30-15, 30-24, 30-23) behind a combined 31 kills from Amber Ries (11), Nicole Courtney (10) and last week’s CCAA Player of the Week Rebecca Bailey (10)...Courtney also recorded 14 digs and three aces while Natalie Facchini dug a match high 19 balls and sophomore Michelle Torres rocketed six aces...UCSD scored the first four points of the match (three by Courtney) and never looked back.
Twenty-four hours later, the Tritons’ eight-match win streak and perfect record in 2006 were things of the past as 24th-ranked Chico State stunned Black’s club, 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-20)...The outcome was summed up in one category—hitting percentage—where UCSD was on the short end of a .238-.089 comparison...The Tritons’ top hitters were handcuffed on a night where serving and dig numbers were essentially even and UCSD held a 10-4 edge in blocking...Two bright spots were senior Brianna Koche (11 kills/5 blocks) and Torres (14 digs, 3 aces).
AZTEC INVITATIONAL NEXT FOR CROSS COUNTRY SQUAD
The early season results continued to be positive for both Cross Country teams as the 5th-ranked Triton women took third and the men eighth at Saturday’s UC Irvine Invitational in Huntington Beach...The two teams will race closer to home this Saturday, traveling crosstown to BalboaPark for the Aztec Invitational...The women start at with the men following at .
In the UCI event’s team competition, Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s women were beaten only by Division I foes UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara...Junior Diane Dunn’s seventh place finish was best for UCSD as she toured the 5K Central Park course in 18:37.1...Dunn was running 19th after the first mile, made up seven places during the hilly mid-section and reeled in five more runners in the final half mile...Next in was Emily McGregor (13th/11:48.0), followed by Amanda Burkhardt (22nd/19:12.9), Ashleigh Montgomery (213rd/19:15.6) and Catherine Strouse (28th/19:31.6).
Youth prevailed for the Triton men as freshman Jesse Morrill, who hails from Huntington Beach and had history over the layout, led the charge for the second week in a row, placing 21st in a time of 25:44.9 for five miles...Senior Dan Holligan was 30th (25:59.9) and UCSD’s other scorers were junior Greg Geldman (39th/26:17.8), sophomore Matt Noble (74th/27:29.1) and John Yano (77th/27:25.2)...Sophomore Jake Levieux, expected to be in the top three, sat out his second consecutive event and also missing were sophomore Daniel Anderson and freshman Max Mullender.
LISTEN LIVE TO UCSD SOCCER TUESDAY
The first of seven fall sport internet radio broadcasts is on tap Tuesday night when the Triton soccer teams hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills in a key CCAA match-up...Jack Cronin returns to handle the play-by-play... The broadcast starts at ...Check the UCSD Athletic website for a the full slate of broadcasts.