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Alyssa Newcomer tallied her third career goal on Saturday.
UC San Diego Records 2-0 Victory Over Argonauts as Ilg, Newcomer Score
Release: Saturday 09/04/2010 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - With Annette Ilg active in the offense once again and Alyssa Newcomer adding a late score, the No. 20 UC San Diego women's soccer team used a strong second half to defeat Notre Dame de Namur 2-0 on Saturday. In the season's first two games, the Tritons (2-0-0) have outscored their opponents 8-0. The Argonauts fall to 0-2-0 after the loss.

Despite a slow start for both teams in the first half, the UCSD offense came alive in the second half with Ilg recording her third goal of 2010 at the 63:37 mark. Newcomer, a sophomore from Aliso Viejo, Calif., notched her third career score in the 71st minute. Kristin Armstrong posted her seventh career shutout in net and Ellen Wilson contributed a spectacular performance at the center back position.

"The difference in the halves," Tritons' head coach Brian McManus said, "was that we weren't prepared in the first and we didn't come out believing that this team was going to come at us. We got it straightened out in the second half."

The two squads combined for just nine shots in the first 45 minutes, with the best chances coming in the final minute from the Argonauts' attack. With 26 seconds left until halftime, Alexis Tershay slipped a pass to the right for K.C. O'Shea, who ripped a shot that was batted out of play by Armstrong. On the resulting corner kick, Tershay got the ball settled at her feet and hooked a shot toward the upper right corner of the net. Armstrong jumped and controlled it, keeping the NDNU momentum in check as the teams took their break.

In the 64th minute, UCSD junior Anne Wethe played the ball up toward the Argonauts' box. NDNU goalkeeper Kelsey Baxter rushed out to grab it but the ball bounced slowly enough that a rushing Ilg disrupted Baxter's rhythm as she tried to reach out. The ball caromed away, Ilg retrieved it and calmly lined a shot past a sliding defender as the Tritons took a 1-0 lead.

In another dangerous play for Baxter seven minutes later, a cross from Lisa Bradley on the right side deflected out of the keeper's hands. Newcomer took advantage of the opportunity, controlling the ball and blasting it inside the top of the net for a 2-0 UCSD advantage.

"[Newcomer's] a kid that wants to play all the time and she gives up on nothing," McManus said. "She went after two balls in the second half and made something of nothing, really."

Armstrong totaled three saves on the night en route to the team's second-straight shutout to open 2010. Wilson is the only UCSD player to have played all 180 minutes of the two first matches.

The Tritons open California Collegiate Athletic Association play next weekend, hosting two tough South Division rivals. On Friday, No. 14 Cal State L.A. comes to La Jolla and No. 4 Cal State Dominguez Hills will visit Sunday.

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