LA JOLLA, Calif. - Lisa Bradley and Annette Ilg scored two goals apiece, guiding the No. 20 UC San Diego women's soccer team to a season-opening 6-0 home rout of Dominican on Thursday. For Bradley, a 2009 All-American, it marked her first career multi-score game. For Ilg, who is crossing over to soccer after four years of basketball at UCSD, the match proved to be a dazzling debut.
"[Ilg's] a natural, gifted athlete," Tritons' head coach Brian McManus said, "and although she hasn't played with us the past four years, when you're that talented of an athlete, it's not hard to get back in the swing of things."
UCSD (1-0-0) ended up outshooting DU (0-1-0) by a 26-5 margin and attempted 12 corner kicks to the Penguins' one. The six-goal spread stands as the largest margin of victory for the Tritons since Oct. 9, 2005. Out of the gates on Thursday, the momentum shifted quickly in the UCSD's favor.
Just four minutes and two seconds into regulation, Anne Wethe recorded the team's first goal of the season. On the play, Courtney Capobianco charged up the right wing and sent a cross to the far post for Wethe, who deposited the ball into the back of the net.
Roughly 10 minutes later, Capobianco set the table once again for UCSD. This time she charged toward the top of the box and ripped a long shot off the crossbar. The ball bounced to the feet of Gabi Hernandez, who patiently slid a shot past the Penguins' keeper to give the Tritons a 2-0 advantage.
The UCSD attack wasn't done in the first half. Ilg entered her first career match in the 25th minute. After just about 15 minutes on the field, she netted her first career score. A fabulous flick from Sara Bolton and a sharp cross from the left by Alexa Enlow helped combine to give Ilg a header chance at the top of the box. Ilg converted on the opportunity, leaping over a Dominican defender and sending it past the netminder.
"The team has been very welcoming and I've really enjoyed getting out there and playing with them," Ilg said. "It was great to get the win and contribute, so I'm pleased with my debut."
Bradley joined the party with a goal at the 52:25 mark, knocking in a short shot from the center of the box after a cross from Bolton and a deflection by Shelby Wong.
Ilg tacked in her second score of the night in the 68th minute. After a carom bounced over the head of the Penguins' keeper toward the edge of the box, Ilg retrieved it, dribbled around a defender and lined a hard shot to the back of the net.
Not to be outdone by her fellow senior, Bradley recorded the sixth and final score for the Tritons' on Thursday. A Bolton corner from the right side of the field sailed toward the back post, where Bradley was waiting to head it past Dominican's last line of defense.
Kristin Armstrong started in net for UCSD, registering one save in 61 minutes. Her backup, Sarah Garland, played the remainder of the match but did not need to make a stop.
Bolton, who has battled back from injuries, put together a superb match as she tallied three assists, reaching a career high in points for a single game. Capobianco also showed off tremendous playmaking ability, recording two assists of her own.
UCSD will continue its homestand with a 7 p.m. match Saturday against Notre Dame de Namur. It will be the final non-conference contest before the Tritons begin league play on Sept. 10. NDNU suffered a 1-0 loss in its season opener Thursday on the road at Cal Poly Pomona.