LA JOLLA, Calif. - Kristin Armstrong recorded her eighth shutout of the season and three different Tritons scored goals as the No. 22 UC San Diego women's soccer team took home its sixth win in a row with a 3-0 win over Cal State Stanislaus in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play Sunday afternoon at Triton Soccer Field.
The win moves UCSD to 10-2-2 overall and 8-2-2 in the CCAA while CSUS drops to 9-4-1 overall and 7-4-1 in conference play. The Tritons are now unbeaten in their last nine contests, the longest streak in the conference.
In the 18th minute, Sarah McTigue received the ball on the right edge of the penalty box, facing up her defender. McTigue faked to her left and then changed speed toward the goal-line, cutting the ball inside her defender and leaving her one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Toeing the goal-line, McTigue picked her head up to try and play a 45-degree angled pass toward the penalty spot, but found all her fellow attackers covered. Instead, she faked the pass toward the middle and slid-in a shot from a tight angle, beating the CSUS goalkeeper to her near post for her sixth goal of the season.
CCAA leading goal scorer Karenee Demery nearly tied the match ten minutes later for the Warriors by creating space between herself and her defender with a clever step-over along the top of the goal-box, but her left-footed attempt missed the far post by a yard.
The Tritons would score their second goal just five minutes into the second half to give themselves a little breathing room. Shelby Wong dribbled past her defender along the left sideline, sending a cross to Annette Ilg, who was posting up her defender at the penalty spot with her back towards the goal. Ilg collected the ball with the outside of her right foot, putting herself between the ball and the defender. She struck it cleanly with her left foot on her second touch, ripping the back of the net for her second goal of the weekend. Ilg also had a goal in UCSD's 3-1 win over Chico State on Oct. 15, a match in which she also recorded a pair of assists.
Five minutes later, Wong would be rewarded with a goal of her own, as UCSD took advantage of one of its 10 free kicks on the day. On a dead-ball near midfield, Anne Wethe played a high, soaring ball towards the back of the six-yard box. Ilg met the ball with her forehead, sending it back across the box to Wong, who was sitting wide-open at the back post. Wong volleyed Ilg's flick one-time with her left foot, putting the ball in the net before the CSUS goalkeeper had an opportunity to react. Wong now has three goals on the season after her two-goal performance this weekend. She also scored in UCSD's 3-1 win over Chico State on Oct. 15.
Coming into the match, a UCSD win and a Cal State L.A. loss or tie would have put UCSD in first place in the South Division of the CCAA. However, CSULA beat Humboldt State, 2-1, on Sunday, keeping UCSD in second place by a single point. CSULA now has 27 points while UCSD has 26 points. Cal State Dominguez Hills is in third with 25 points.
The Tritons return to action next weekend as they take on Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernadino on the road. UCSD faces CPP on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Pomona before traveling to CSUSB to take on the Coyotes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.
After next weekend's action, UCSD wraps up its season with a home-away series with Cal State East Bay on Halloween weekend, Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.