LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Winners of four straight and sitting a single point out of first place in the CCAA South Division with a 6-2-2 conference record, the UC San Diego women's soccer team has re-entered the top 25 in the latest NSCAA National Poll, registering at No. 22. The last time the Tritons had appeared in the top-25 was Sept. 14, when they were listed at No. 25.
UCSD will have a chance to defend its national ranking and overtake first-place Cal State L.A. this weekend, as both Chico State (5-5-0) and Cal State Stanislaus (7-2-1) waltz into town to take on UCSD at Triton Soccer Field. Friday's match against the Wildcats is set for 4:30 p.m., while the Tritons' contest with the Warriors will be on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Unbeaten in its last seven matches, UCSD defeated 15th-ranked CSULA on the road last weekend, 1-0, bringing itself within a point of the Golden Eagles in the CCAA South. Anne Wethe
scored the match's lone goal in the 32nd minute for the Tritons, her third game-winning score of the season. Wethe struck the ball from about 20 yards out above the center of the box, sending the ball into the upper right hand corner of the net. In UCSD's previous match against Cal State Dominguez Hills, a 2-1 win, Wethe contributed an assist on Sarah McTigue
's opening goal. Wethe was awarded Wilson/CCAA Women's Soccer Player of the Week honors on Tuesdday for her performance last weekend.
It has been a struggle of late for Chico State. The Wildcats are 1-3 in their last four contests and have been shutout in each of those losses. The most recent victory for CSUC was a 2-0 decision over Sonoma State, a game in which Lisa Webster scored both goals. Webster is currently tied for seventh in the CCAA with six goals on the season. The Tritons are 8-4-0 all-time against the Wildcats, but Chico State overtook UCSD 2-0 in the only contest between the schools in 2009.
Cal State Stanislaus currently sits atop the CCAA North Division and is coming off a 1-0-1 showing against Humboldt State and Sonoma State. The Warriors netted a 4-0 victory against the Lumberjacks, a game in which Karenee Demery scored twice. Demery currently leads the CCAA in goals with 12, three more than the closest challenger, Ann Marie Tangorra of CSULA. CSUS battled Sonoma State to a 0-0 draw on Oct. 10 despite being out-shot 17-11.
UCSD is 9-1-1 all-time against Cal State Stanislaus.