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A corner kick from Hayley Johnson (pictured) led to Alyssa Newcomer's goal Friday.
UC San Diego Suffers 3-1 Loss to Cal State L.A. Friday in CCAA Opener
Release: Friday 09/10/2010 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 6 UC San Diego women's soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss Friday against No. 23 Cal State L.A. The visiting Golden Eagles rallied for three unanswered scores to open the second half and the Tritons could never recover, despite a late goal from Alyssa Newcomer.

The match marked the start of the California Collegiate Athletic Association schedule for both squads and the South Division rivals played even through the first half. Less than five minutes into the second period though, Ann Marie Tangorra tallied her third score of the season and CSULA (2-0-0, 1-0-0 CCAA) recorded two more goals before the Tritons (2-1-0, 0-1-0 CCAA) responded with their first.

Late in the first half, the Golden Eagles produced their first real chance when Gabbi Segall found an open Liz Franco on the right side inside the box. Franco slid a shot past UCSD goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong but the ball caromed off the left post and away from danger.

Despite being outshot 8-3 in the opening period, the Tritons' offense also had a decent chance late. At the 35:14 mark, Annette Ilg ripped a hard shot with her left foot from outside the box but CSULA netminder Jessie Walworth managed to make the save.

Tangorra put the Golden Eagles on the board at the 49:43 mark. A scrum of players from both sides met the ball at the top of the UCSD defensive box and it ended up shooting out of the group to Tangorra. She controlled it and shot high and hard toward the net. Armstrong stuck her hands up but the ball took a high bounce into the empty net behind her.

At the 72:24 mark, CSULA took a 2-0 lead when a quick combination of passes from Segall to Marissa Pickett eventually led to a chance for Alex Conley. The senior forward placed a low shot to the left of a diving Armstrong.

Less than four minute later, Segall got in the scoring action with another low shot from the left side of the box as Pickett earned her second assist of the match.

The Tritons cut the lead to 3-1 at the 80:56 mark, when Newcomer sent a header over Walworth's head after Hayley Johnson sent a corner kick into the box from the right side. The score marked Newcomer's second goal of the season and fourth of her career.

The Golden Eagles ended the match with a slight advantage in shots, 15-14, while UCSD took five corner kicks to CSULA's four.

The Tritons will return to action on Sunday when they host No. 9 Cal State Dominguez Hills. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. The Toros defeated Cal State East Bay, 2-0, on Friday night.

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