LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The No. 7 UC San Diego women's soccer team needs just a single point from either of this weekend's matches with San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona to clinch the top seed for November 4-6's CCAA Championships.
Match No. 17
No. 7 UCSD (11-1-4, 10-1-3) vs. San Francisco State (8-7-1, 6-7-1)
Friday, October 28 - 7:00 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
Match No. 18
No. 7 UCSD (11-1-4, 10-1-3) vs. Cal Poly Pomona (7-5-4, 5-5-4)
Sunday, October 30 - 2:30 p.m.
Triton Soccer Field - La Jolla, Calif.
SENIOR DAY SET FOR SUNDAY
The Tritons will host their final two regular season matches this week. Prior to Sunday's match against Cal Poly Pomona at 2:30 p.m., nine Triton seniors- Kristin Armstrong, Sarah Garland, Sarah McTigue, Lindsay Mills, Katie Kuykendall, Sara Spaventa, Courtney Capobianco, Shelby Wong and Anne Wethe- will be honored for their years of service to the UCSD women's soccer program. Be sure to arrive early to catch the ceremony. As always, admission to Triton Soccer Field is free for all UCSD home matches.
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UCSD can clinch the top seed for the CCAA Championships by earning a single point in one of the two matches remaining on the Tritons' schedule. Sitting in first place in the CCAA South with 33 points, UCSD is the only team that has clinched a berth in the CCAA Championships at this point. Cal State L.A., who sits in second place in the South with 27 points, is the only team that can catch the Tritons for the tournament's top seed. If CSULA wins both of its remaining matches and UCSD loses to both SFSU and CPP, the Golden Eagles and Tritons would be tied at the end of the regular season with 33 points. In that case, whichever team earned the most points against the next placed finisher (i.e. whoever the seed below UCSD/CSULA is) would be declared the top seed. No matter what though, UCSD will be playing in Turlock come November 4-6.
MAKE IT THREE
UCSD recorded its second and third consecutive shutouts on Friday and Sunday, respectively, since suffering its only loss on October 14 to CSULA. Last Friday against Humboldt State, junior midfielder Shelby Wong accounted for the first three goals of a 5-0 Triton win, recording her first career hat trick by the 52nd minute. Taryn Bales and Alexa Enlow also scored for the Tritons in the win. In Sunday's 2-0 win over Sonoma State, Sarah McTigue headed in the Tritons' first goal off a corner kick by Hayley Johnson in the 48th minute. Courtney Capobianco added some insurance five minutes from full time by heading in a rebound after Sara Spaventa hit the cross bar from 22 yards away. Sonoma State came into the match in sole possession of first place in the CCAA North, but left La Jolla in a tie for the North's top spot with Chico State.
UCSD won both of its prior contests with San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona this season. On September 16 in San Francisco, the Tritons trailed 0-1 before Cassie Callahan scored in the 79th minute to force overtime. Three minutes into the first extra period, Wong cut back on the left edge of the box before firing a low shot to the front post that snuck in for the game-winner. SFSU has lost three consecutive contests. On September 18 in Pomona, Gabi Hernandez, Izzy Pozurama and Kylie Hill scored their first goals of the season in a 4-0 win over CPP. Callahan also scored while Johnson added a pair of assists. Her performance in the matches with SFSU and CPP earned Callahan CCAA Player of the Week honors for the week of September 14-20, 2011. CPP is 0-3-1 over its last four contests and is coming off a 1-1 tie with No. 20 Cal State L.A. on October 23.
Johnson's assists in back-to-back games last weekend moved the junior into 10th place in school history for career assists. Johnson now has 26 assists over her three year career, including 12 so far this year. Her 12 assists this year tie her for sixth-most in a single season, matching Teresa Schwaar's total in 1987 and 1988. Johnson needs five more to set the single-season record and 14 more to set a new career assist record at UCSD. In 2011, 11 of her 12 assists have come off a dead ball and nine of Johnson's assists have been on corner kicks.
The Tritons will appear in their 12th consecutive CCAA Championships this season ... Wong's second goal against Humboldt State last Friday would not have happened if it weren't for the incredible hustle of Jessica Wi. Wi beat the HSU goalkeeper to a loose ball before bravely chipping the ball towards the mouth of the goal while getting cleared out on a hard slide-tackle by the goalie ... UCSD is ranked No. 1 in the West Region for the eighth consecutive week ... Cassie Callahan, Laura Gordon and Michelle Yasutake will be "celebrity servers" this Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ocean View Terrace (OVT) Dining Hall as part of the UCSD Athletics Department/Dining Services' Taste of the Tritons promotions. The players will be dishing out tri-tip sandwiches and mashed potatoes.