LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's soccer team suffered a 2-0 home loss Saturday at the hands of Notre Dame de Namur, as the Tritons wrapped up their non-conference slate.
The Argonauts broke through for a score less than seven minutes into regulation on a rebound shot and added a second goal at the 65:22 mark. UCSD, despite outshooting NDNU 15-11, wasn't able to get on the scoreboard through the 90 minutes of action.
The Tritons fall to 0-1-1, while the Argonauts pick up their first win of 2010 and stand at 1-1-0.
"We certainly did some things better today, but those things didn't add up for us the way we wanted them to," UCSD head coach Jon Pascale said. "We moved the ball around a lot better, but we had a couple mistakes in the back that came back to hurt us in the end. We've got to be better than that."
With 6:15 passed in the first half, NDNU's Chris Arceo gathered a rebound at the center of the box and placed a low shot past Tritons' goalkeeper Jesse Brennan to put the Argonauts ahead 1-0.
A couple minutes later, UCSD developed its first scoring chance when a deflected ball bounced over NDNU's last line of defense and found a charging Evan Walker. The Tritons' forward bent a shot just to the right of the frame though, and the score remained 1-0.
At about the midway point in the half, UCSD freshman Andisheh Bagheri sent a looping free kick toward the upper right corner of the net. The Argonaut keeper, Isiah Castro, made a leaping save to his left and batted the ball away.
NDNU rallied for a few dangerous opportunities in the final 10 minutes of the first period, with a header from Frank Barnes sailing just over the bar and a breakaway shot from Cristian Rosales reaching the same outcome. The Argonauts' 1-0 lead held at halftime.
Rosales initiated NDNU's second goal with a through ball that sped past the back line of defense. Cristobal Montes chased it down, dribbled past the approaching and vulnerable Brennan and placed it in the net for a 2-0 lead.
Facing the two-goal deficit, UCSD continued to pressure the Argonauts' defense but couldn't convert on the late chances. The Tritons have been held scoreless through the first two matches of the 2010 season, both against Pacific West Conference opponents.
Up next, UCSD will open California Collegiate Athletic Association play next weekend at home. The Tritons will host No. 12 Cal State L.A. Friday before taking on No. 6 Cal State Dominguez Hills Sunday.