LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 6 UC San Diego women's soccer team rebounded from a tough loss Friday to put together a dominating performance Sunday with a 3-0 home victory over No. 9 Cal State Dominguez Hills.
"The players realized that whatever happened the other night, we just had to put it behind us and move on," UCSD head coach Brian McManus said. "The first goal was huge today and the one thing that I thought we did well was to keep our foot on the gas. We didn't sit back and let them control the tempo."
The Tritons received a goal in the first half directly off a Hayley Johnson corner kick, added two scores in the second period and Kristin Armstrong put an exclamation point on the victory by stopping a Toros' penalty kick in the 62nd minute. UCSD improves to 3-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, while CSUDH stands at 3-1-0 and 1-1-0 during league action.
Under cloudy skies and in a steady wind, the two squads played a hard-fought match and combined for 36 fouls and six yellow cards. With a strong gust blowing toward the Toros' net in the first half, Johnson bent a corner kick at the 23:25 mark directly into the net near the back post.
UCSD took the 1-0 lead into halftime, with each squad attempting four shots through the first 45 minutes.
The pressure put on the CSUDH defense escalated after intermission, with the Tritons adding to their lead at the 47:28 mark. Controlling the ball inside the top of the box, Danielle Dixon patiently dribbled to the left side and placed a low shot inside the far post past a diving Alyssa Congdon.
Just one minute and 16 seconds later, UCSD added its third score of the match. After a short give and go between Johnson and Jessica Wi off a corner kick, Johnson sent a cross into the box. Anne Wethe managed to flick it up to Gabi Hernandez, who sent a shot past Congdon from about six yards out.
The Toros' best chance to cut into the Tritons lead came at the 61:05 mark, when CSUDH's Yadira Gomez was pulled down in the box. Paige Peel took the resulting penalty kick but Armstrong read the attempt well, diving to her right and stopping the ball with her right hand.
The win marked Armstrong's eighth-career shutout and the first shutout victory for UCSD against the Toros since Oct. 4, 2006.
The Tritons will get their first road tests next weekend as CCAA play continues. UCSD plays at Humboldt State on Friday night before heading to Sonoma State for a Sunday contest.