Sat., Oct. 14---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---
Sun., Oct. 15---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---All Day
Sun., Oct. 15---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield---
Sun., Oct. 15---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Bakersfield---
THREE ROAD WINS FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER; FINAL HOMESTAND THIS WEEK
Sailing towards a seventh consecutive CCAA Championship Tournament berth, the seventh-ranked Women’s Soccer team posted three conference road wins last week, running its season ledger to 12-1-2 and its advantage in the CCAA South Division to a seemingly insurmountable seven points...The Tritons have gone seven in a row without a loss and now return to La Jolla for their final two regular seasonhome games—Friday against Cal State L.A. and Sunday vs. Cal State Bakersfield...Earlier in the year, UCSD defeated L.A., 4-0, on the road and tied CSUB in Bakersfield.
Last Wednesday, junior Kathy Sepulveda converted a crossing pass from senior Alise Malley just 2:26 into the game and the Triton defense made it stand in a 1-0 conquest of host Cal State Dominguez Hills...Two days later, Sepulveda, who scored only one goal all last season, again tallied early, finishing a feed from senior Kelly Cochran in the fifth minute to kick start UCSD on its way to a 3-1 win at Cal Poly Pomona...The Broncos rebounded to tie the score at one, but the Tritons came out of intermission flying and goals by Cochran and sophomore Laura Borenstein in the first 5:32 of the second half propelled them to the win.
Sunday afternoon, Coach Brian McManus’s charges had it all their way, drubbing Cal State San Bernardino, 5-0...Up, 1-0, at the half, the Tritons exploded for four second half goals, two by Cochran...Ali Lai, Megan Dickey and Borenstein also hit the scoreboard as UCSD outshot the Coyotes, 17-9, while turning in its seventh shutout of the fall...The Tritons have now outscored opponents, 36-9, on the year and were ranked No. 1 in last week's NCAA West Regional Poll.
MEN’S SOCCER LOOKS FOR OFFENSE IN FINAL HOME OUTINGS
Looking to shake a two-week run of hard luck and somehow stay in the hunt for a CCAA Championship Tournament berth, the Men’s Soccer team faces Cal State L.A. Friday and Cal State Bakersfield Sunday in its final two regular season home games...Now winless in seven consecutive games and with just one goal to their credit in that span, the Tritons (6-7-2 overall/4-6-2 CCAA) suffered three straight, 1-0, defeats on the road last week.
On Wednesday, 23rd-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills edged the Tritons...Friday, it was Cal Poly Pomona, deciding a tightly-contested game with less than five minutes left in the second overtime period and Sunday at Cal State San Bernardino, UCSD surrendered an own goal in the first half that turned out to be the game-winner.
JERKOVIC SCORES SIX AS UCSD ROCKS UCLA
After scoring one of the biggest victories in the storied history of its program, the fourth-ranked Men’s Water Polo team wades right back into high level competition this weekend at the annual Southern California Tournament in Los Angeles...Coach Denny Harper’s club, now 15-2 on the year, will take on No. 5 Pacific in its opening game at 1:20 PM Saturday and match up against No. 12 Air Force at 6:30 PM...Sunday's schedule will be determined by Saturday's results.
Last Friday night, before 1,740 fans at Canyonview Pool, the Tritons stunned No. 3 UCLA, 13-12, their first-ever win over the Bruins...Junior Adi Jerkovic scored the last of his six goals, a feathery cross cage lob, with 28 seconds left, to lift UCSD to its benchmark triumph...UCSD scored first, but twice the Tritons had to bounce back from two-goal deficits and the teams were tied at 10 when freshman Daniel Garcia netted back-to-back goals midway through the final period...UCLA showed its mettle, however, battling to forge the last tie (12-12) with just 61 ticks left on the clock, setting the stage for Jerkovic’s finishing heroics...Junior A.J. Kotanjian registered a pair of goals for UCSD and senior goalie Jeremy Randall had a number of big moments while piling up nine saves.
VB TEAMBATTLESCHICOSTATE FOR SECOND PLACE FRIDAY
Carrying a winning streak that has now reached seven matches, the 14th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team takes to the road for a pair of crucial conference outings, Friday at Chico State and Saturday at Cal State Stanislaus...Coach Tom Black and Co. now own a 15-2 overall mark and are 10-2 in the CCAA...UCSD and Chico State are tied for second in the conference race, two games back of league-leading Cal State San Bernardino...The Wildcats handed the Tritons their first loss of 2006, a 3-0 verdict at RIMAC Arena on Sept. 9.
At home last Friday, seniors Nicole Courtney and Brianna Koche had 18 and 15 kills respectively as UCSD blasted Cal State Bakersfield, 3-0 (30-22, 30-23, 30-21)...The Tritons boasted a wide hitting advantage (.384-.138), outblocked the ‘Runners, 12-3, and registered seven aces, four by freshmen Sylvia Schmidt... Setter Kristin Halvorsen distributed 47 assists and had seven digs while sophomore Rebecca Bailey chipped in with 11 kills, hitting at a .556 clip.
The next night, the Tritons edged No. 16 Cal State L.A., 3-2 (30-20, 30-25, 27-30, 28-30, 15-11)...Courtney (17 kills), Koche (16) and Bailey (12) were again the “go to” players offensively...After rolling in games one and two, UCSD suffered late game breakdowns that allowed the Golden Eagles to nab games three and four and even the match...In the decisive fifth game, the Tritons broke a 6-6 tie by scoring five consecutive times, four behind the serving of junior Natalie Facchini...On the night, Black’s squad rifled 16 aces, Courtney (5) and Schmidt (4) accounting for nine...Courtney also had 17 digs and UCSD hit .204 while achieving a key victory that put two games between the Tritons and the fourth place Golden Eagles.
UCSD WOMEN VICTORIOUS AT TRITON CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC
The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams begin to gear up this week for the 2006 CCAA Championships which will be held at UCSD, Saturday, Oct. 21...The Women’s 6K and Men’s 8K races to determine the league title will be contested over the same courses where UCSD hosted last weekend’s Triton Classic.
In the Division II Women’s race at the Classic, UCSD defended its title in strong fashion with junior Diane Dunn’s second place finish leading the way...Dunn covered the 6K layout in 22:49.4, good enough for sixth overall and just eight seconds behind D-II individual winner Karla Alburez of Cal State Los Angeles... The Tritons compiled 30 points to top Cal State L.A. by just one point in the team competition...In all, five CCAA rivals were in the field with Cal Poly Pomona placing a distant third with 87 points...Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s crew demonstrated substantial depth, putting three in the top five and all five scorers in the top 10...Following Dunn home were Emily McGregor (4th/23:24.6), Amanda Burkhardt (5th/23:24.9), Ashleigh Montgomery (9th/23:44.8) and Nina Miller (10th/23:50.8)...Running unattached, former Triton water polo star Julie Swail, now an internationally-ranked triathlete, finished second overall.
On the men’s side, results were unofficial due to a significant number of runners going off course...Although no team standings were posted, the terrific freshman duo of Jesse Morrill and Max Mullender crossed the finish line eight and ninth respectively to pace UCSD...Morrill was clocked in 26:14.6 and Mullender at 26:17.8...UCSD alum James Nielsen was fourth overall
TRITON NEWS &NOTES
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving team previews its 2006-07 season with the annual Blue-Gold Meet, Saturday morning at Canyonview Pool.
The UCSD Golf team hits the links for the second time this fall at the 54-hole Chico State Invitational starting today at Canyon Oaks Country Club.
At the Santa Clara Bronco Classic over the weekend, the Men’s Tennis team had several solid showings...The duo of Steve Oechel and Seth Spector fell in the finals of the Flight B Doubles draw while teammates Kazumi Negishi and Ramesh Thondapu reached the semi-finals of the same bracket...Junior Eric Rubens advanced to the quarterfinals of the Flight A Singles.
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