FIRST-PLACE TRITONS WRAP HOME PORTION OF REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE
The seventh-ranked University of California San Diego women's soccer program takes a five-point lead into the final two home matches of its 2017 regular-season schedule, welcoming in another pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) foes to round out a four-game homestand at Triton Soccer Stadium on North Campus in La Jolla. UC San Diego (9-2, 6-0 CCAA) welcomes in third-place city rival Cal State San Marcos (6-4, 4-2 CCAA) for a midweek San Diego derby clash on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 4:30 p.m.. The Tritons then host SF State (7-2-1, 2-1-1 CCAA) in primetime on Senior Night on Friday, Oct. 6, with an approximate kickoff time of 7 p.m. Both games will be part of doubleheaders with the second-place UCSD men's team. Admission is free.
TRITON SOCCER MATCHDAY
Once again in 2017, all regular-season home matches at Triton Soccer Stadium are free to attend. Parking permits are required, however, on weeknights on the UC San Diego campus. Parking permits can be purchased at machines situated at corners of either of the nearest parking lots, behind the spectator stand, as well as the Hopkins Parking Structure adjacent to RIMAC. Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday.
TRITON SOCCER ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
This week's final two regular-season home dates will feature a live video stream on UCSDtritons.tv. Broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed from smartphones and tablets alongside desktop and laptop computers. Local media personality Miles Himmel (@mileshimmel) handles the play-by-play duties. The single-day fee is $5.99, meaning the women's and men's games can be seen together for one price, though viewing is still free from UCSD campus IP addresses. Events are archived. All games have live stats. Fans can access live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above. Starting lineups, live in-game updates and other news and notes can be found by following Triton Soccer all season long on the UCSD Athletics Twitter handle (@UCSDtritons). Finally, check out the CCAA live scoreboard here to keep up on results around the league.
SENIOR NIGHT FRIDAY
Seven incredible Tritons will be recognized just prior to the scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff this Friday night, Oct. 6. That group is made up of tri-captains Makenzie Brito, Jordyn McNutt and Katie O'Laughlin, alongside Brie Diaz, Aimee Ellis, Elisa Martinez and Taylor Ramos.
FREE TRITON GAME DAY T-SHIRTS!
The first 500 UC San Diego students arriving for this Friday night's women's match against SF State at approximately 7 p.m. will receive their 2017-18 Triton game day t-shirt for free courtesy of Toyota.
HOMECOMING FOR 1997 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
This Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, is Homecoming for UC San Diego Athletics. The 2017 season marks the 20-year anniversary of the 1997 squad that brought a fourth NCAA Division III national championship to La Jolla, and at halftime of Friday night's match against SF State, that team will be recognized on the field.
Free posters of the 2017 UCSD fall sports will be available at Triton Soccer Stadium this Wednesday and Friday night.
UCSD IN THE UNITED SOCCER COACHES POLL
• Oct. 3: 7 (2nd in West)
• Sept. 26: 7 (2nd in West)
• Sept. 19: 10 (2nd West)
• Sept. 12: 19 (3rd in West)
• Sept. 5: 9 (2nd in West)
• Preseason: 10
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Two big goals were enough for a third straight six-point weekend for UCSD. The Tritons achieved a pair of 1-0 home triumphs thanks to second-half scores by Jordyn McNutt in the 66th minute against second-place Cal Poly Pomona on Friday and Mary Reilly in the 57th against Cal State San Bernardino on Sunday. Summer Bales provided the corner-kick assist on McNutt's header tally, while Delaney Whittet and Katie O'Laughlin set up Reilly's winner. Angelica Ramos totaled six saves over the two clean sheets.
CAL STATE SAN MARCOS CONNECTIONS
Seventh-year UC San Diego assistant/goalkeepers coach Trent Painter is a 2011 graduate of Cal State San Marcos and former Cougar goalie ... Triton freshman Alexis Kirson and Cougar freshman Chloe Kirson are twin sisters from Las Vegas, Nev. ... Alexis has appeared in two games, and Chloe none.
UCSD has won 20 consecutive CCAA regular-season matches and 26 straight against league opposition, since a 1-0 loss at Sonoma State on Oct. 18, 2015. The Tritons have held a 67-6 scoring advantage and trailed in only one of those contests, for a grand total of 47:23, after an early goal by Cal Poly Pomona in the 2016 regular-season finale. UCSD overturned that 1-0 halftime deficit thanks to goals by Mary Reilly and Katie O'Laughlin, to complete its perfect ledger. Indeed last season, for the first time in the storied 17-year CCAA history of the UC San Diego women's soccer program, the Tritons completed their league slate unbeaten and untied, at a perfect 12-0. It marked the first such effort by a CCAA squad since Sonoma State went 14-0 in 1998. UCSD went on to win both of its CCAA Tournament games, 2-0 and 1-0, to give it a 14-0 mark against CCAA foes, outscoring them 35-2 during the regular season and 38-2 overall.
COUNTDOWN TO 500
Legendary UC San Diego head coach Brian McManus needs seven more wins to give him 500 for his outstanding 31-year tenure in charge of the Tritons. Only three others in the history of NCAA women's soccer have reached the milestone, in North Carolina's Anson Dorrance (809), UConn's Len Tsantiris (563) and William Smith's Aliceann Wilber (536), with those reflected totals heading into the 2017 season.
UCSD senior Katie O'Laughlin and junior Mary Reilly, two local products, make up arguably the top forward tandem in the West Region, and one of the best in all of the NCAA Division II. They have combined for 61 career goals, 32 and 29, respectively, including exactly 50 in 2015 and 2016, each reaching double figures in both years. In 2016, O'Laughlin had a region-best 16 goals and 41 points, with nine assists, while Reilly produced 13 goals and nine assists of her own. They were 1-2 in the West in goals and thus also 1-2 on the CCAA chart for the second year in a row, this time with spots flipped. Reilly hit for 11 and O'Laughlin for 10 in 2015. They both started their 2017 accounts over the opening weekend, with O'Laughlin finding the target once in both games and Reilly providing the first in a 2-1 victory over Central Washington. O'Laughlin added a 58th-minute tally in that match that was the 30th of her career and proved to be her 10th game-winner. The duo is 1-2 on the 2017 team chart at five and four goals, respectively. Reilly (45) and O'Laughlin (38) are again 1-2 in the CCAA in shots.
Through the first half of the CCAA slate and this current six-game win streak, UCSD has surrendered a single score, that an own goal at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Sept. 22. Goalkeeper Angelica Ramos has kept seven individual clean sheets, with three straight and five over these last six games. The three-person back line consists of, from right to left, seniors Aimee Ellis and Brie Diaz, and true freshman Delaney Whittet, the latter since the injury loss of fourth-year senior and team tri-captain Makenzie Brito on Sept. 17. Right in front of them are redshirt sophomore holding central midfielder Natalie Saddic. The Tritons' .636 team goals-against average ranks fourth in the CCAA, fifth in the West Region and 38th in Division II.
ASSISTS MARK WITHIN JORDY'S REACH
Jordyn McNutt has held at least a share of the CCAA lead in assists in each of her first three years in Triton colors. Her first of 2017, the milestone 30th of her career, came on Sept. 2. The senior winger has two on the year and 31 as a Triton, now eight away from matching the program's all-time record. She has increased her total every year, from seven as a freshman, to 10, to a career-best 12 in 2016, tops in the West and tied for ninth in Division II. McNutt produced her first collegiate three-assist effort against Humboldt State on Oct. 2, 2016, which was in fact the first three-assist game by a Triton since Sara Bolton on Sept. 2, 2010. She has five multi-assist games, with two last season. Her 31 assists give her sole possession of the No. 6 spot in UCSD history, just ahead of a group that includes associate head coach Kristin Jones.
Eight Tritons made their first appearance during the first weekend, including redshirt sophomore goalie Angelica Ramos, redshirt freshman Amanda Erickson, and true freshmen Michelle Baddour, Caitlin McCarthy, Abby Ross, Maddy Samilo, Delaney Whittet and Natalie Widmer. Samilo needed just 7:02 after coming on late in the first half of the season opener, to notch her first collegiate goal, with McCarthy assisting. Though Widmer was the only newcomer to start that match, the 3-0 shutout of city rival Point Loma ended with six true freshmen on the pitch. McCarthy's first college goal was the winner in another 3-0 decision over Concordia Irvine on Sept. 5. A seventh true freshman, forward Alexis Kirson out of Las Vegas, Nev., earned her college debut against Chico State on Sept. 15.
UC San Diego is the unanimous favorite to repeat as champion of the CCAA, as voted on by the league's 13 head coaches for the 2017 preseason poll, garnering 144 points due largely to 12 first-place nods ... Katie O'Laughlin earned the season's first CCAA Player of the Week award for the second straight year, which marked her fourth career weekly recognition from the league office ... UCSD is 16-1-1 in season openers in the NCAA Division II era, suffering its only such defeat in 2014 at Seattle Pacific ... UCSD is 10-8 in CCAA openers, now with two straight wins after a 4-0 romp at Cal State San Marcos last season and 3-0 home victory over Chico State this year ... When UCSD fell 4-0 at 2016 national quarterfinalist Colorado Mines on Sept. 8, it marked its first loss by more than one goal since a 2-0 defeat at Cal Poly Pomona on Nov. 2, 2014 ... The Tritons have four 3-0 victories in 2017.
The CCAA grind is tough enough, but UCSD head coach Brian McManus has given his side the best possible chance of gaining another NCAA Championship berth in 2017. Of the five non-conference opponents the Tritons faced prior to league competition, Mines and Regis were picked to finish 1-2 in the RMAC, Concordia and Point Loma 3-4 in the PacWest, and Central Washington second in the GNAC.
UCSD's 29-player 2017 roster has seven seniors in fourth-year team members Makenzie Brito, Aimee Ellis, Jordyn McNutt, Katie O'Laughlin and Taylor Ramos, alongside third-year transfers Brie Diaz and Elisa Martinez ... Brito, McNutt and O'Laughlin are 2017 team tri-captains, and all three are first-time captains ... Eleven newcomers have joined the program, including 10 true freshmen ... Twelve players are from San Diego, in Michelle Baddour (San Diego/University City HS), Megumi Barber (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS), Sydney Davey (La Jolla/La Jolla HS), Georgina Herrera (San Ysidro/San Diego Mesa College/San Ysidro HS), Elisa Martinez (El Cajon/University of Sioux Falls/Francis Parker School), Caitlin McCarthy (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS), Jordyn McNutt (San Diego/University City HS), Katie O'Laughlin (Carlsbad/Pacific Ridge School), Taylor Ramos (San Diego/Coronado HS), Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS), Natalie Saddic (San Diego/UC Davis/Torrey Pines HS) and Maddy Samilo (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) ... Kristin Jones (Oceanside HS), a two-time national champion and two-time All-American as one of the greatest players to ever come through the storied UCSD women's soccer program, begins her third year as associate head coach and her 18th straight year as a Triton player or coach, having joined Brian McManus' staff immediately upon exhausting her eligibility.
CCAA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO LA JOLLA
UC San Diego is the proud host of the 2017 CCAA Tournament semifinals and finals, for the first time since 2008 and fourth in all. Two women's and two men's semifinals will be contested at Triton Soccer Stadium on Friday, Nov. 3, with the two finals set for Sunday, Nov. 5. Start times are to be determined. First-round matchups will take place on the campuses of the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds on Tuesday, Oct. 31. In all three previous instances that UCSD has served as the host, the Triton women have won the event, in 2001, 2006 and 2008. The women's champion will once again earn the CCAA's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
CCAA FORMAT UNCHANGED
For the fourth year in a row, the CCAA slate will consist of a single round robin, with all teams meeting once for 12 matches total, and the top six sides (based on most points; three points for a league win, one for a tie) in the final regular-season standings qualifying for the 2017 CCAA Tournament. Cal State San Marcos, a new addition in 2015, is eligible for the first time.
2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Brian McManus saw his entire 2016 starting 11 recognized in some fashion with postseason CCAA athletic honors, including seven of 11 first-teamers, with an incredible seven student-athletes gaining All-America consideration by one or both award entities. Seven of those 11 return, led by Division II Conference Commissioners Association West Region Player of the Year and CCAA Offensive Player of the Year Katie O'Laughlin (Carlsbad/Pacific Ridge School), a senior All-American whose 16 goals and 41 points were best in the West. Further unfortunate for Triton opponents, is that her lethal strike partner and fellow San Diego product Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS) is also back. Reilly, a junior, added 35 points from 13 goals and nine assists, comfortably leading the CCAA in shots taken for a second successive season. The other two All-CCAA First Team returners are winger Jordyn McNutt (San Diego/University City HS) and right back Makenzie Brito, both seniors. Senior left back Aimee Ellis, redshirt sophomore holding central midfielder Natalie Saddic (San Diego/UC Davis/Torrey Pines HS) and senior central midfielder Elisa Martinez (El Cajon/University of Sioux Falls/Francis Parker School) are the remaining starters back. They are joined by the likes of Brie Diaz and fellow senior Taylor Ramos (San Diego/Coronado HS), as well as the junior duo of Summer Bales and Megumi Barber (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS).
UCSD went 19-3 overall and a perfect 12-0 in the CCAA a year ago. A 16-game win streak was snapped in the West Region final by eventual national champion Western Washington, 2-1 in overtime in Golden, Colo. The Tritons won the CCAA Tournament for a second straight and record 10th time, as the top seed.
HEAD COACH BRIAN McMANUS
Brian McManus is in his 31st season in charge of the UC San Diego women's soccer program. With a career record of 493-90-51, he has achieved the most wins in NCAA Division II women's soccer history, and fourth-most for all divisions. McManus' winning percentage of .818 heading into 2017 ranks among the top 12 in college women's soccer annals, both overall (No. 11) and Division II only (No. 5). The six-time and reigning CCAA Coach of the Year is also third in win percentage among active Division II coaches. McManus has directed UCSD to seven national titles and a record nine CCAA crowns and 10 tournament banners (first regular-season one in 2016), with the Tritons advancing to the national semifinals a remarkable 15 times in his 30 years. Under his guidance, UCSD has qualified for the NCAA Championship all 13 seasons during the Division III days, and all but three (2004, 2013-14) of 17 years since the move up to Division II. McManus' Tritons have missed the CCAA Tournament just once in 2013, having earned 13 straight berths after joining the conference.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Cal State San Marcos (6-4, 4-2 CCAA) was picked to tie for eighth in the CCAA preseason poll, and is eligible for the conference tournament for the first time after joining for the 2015 campaign. The Cougars are 2-3 on the road and are coming off of a 2-1 overtime loss at home to Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday, which moved them back from second in the league table, into a two-way tie for third. Cal State San Marcos' sophomore starting goalkeeper, Bailey Cockrill, was shown a red card in overtime on Sunday, just 2:29 before Daisy Duran's winner, and thus will have to miss Wednesday's match in La Jolla due to the mandated one-game red-card suspension. She had played every minute in goal prior to having to exit that game. UCSD and CSUSM will meet again in a non-conference tilt on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21. Bobby Renneisen is in his fourth season in charge of the Cougars.
UCSD leads the all-time series, 3-0-1, with a 4-0 thrashing in San Marcos a year ago via four different goal-scorers in both teams' CCAA opener. The Tritons produced a pair of 2-0 shutout victories in La Jolla in October of 2015, one in conference play and the latter in non-conference. The sides previously played to a scoreless draw in La Jolla on Sept. 3, 2008. In the Tritons' 2-0 victory over the Cougars in their first CCAA meeting on Oct. 21, 2015, Elisa Martinez and Katie O'Laughlin tallied the first-half goals. O'Laughlin and Taylor Ramos then provided the second-half strikes nine days later. O'Laughlin has three career goals against the Cougars, scoring in all three games.
ABOUT THE GATORS
SF State (7-2-1, 2-1-1 CCAA) was favored, alongside Wednesday's Triton opponent, Cal State San Marcos, for eighth in the CCAA preseason poll. The Gators are idle until Friday night's visit to La Jolla. They are 1-2-1 away from home, and a perfect 6-0 in San Francisco. SFSU is coming off a pair of 2-0 home wins last weekend over Cal State East Bay and Cal State Monterey Bay. The Gators have allowed a single goal over their last seven games, and four all year, for a team goals-against average of 0.385, ninth in the nation. They boast the stingiest defense in the league. Freshman forward Tami Kwong is the reigning CCAA Player of the Week, having scored three of SFSU's four goals last week, including both deciders. Tracy Hamm is in her third season in charge at SF State.
UCSD leads the all-time series, 16-3-6, with a 2-0 road win last October through a Mary Reilly brace. The Tritons blanked the Gators by that same score in La Jolla on Oct. 11, 2015, thanks to goals by then-freshmen Reilly and Danielle Nunn over the final 13 minutes. The teams played to a scoreless draw in San Francisco on Oct. 19, 2014. The Tritons had swept two-game sets in both 2011 and 2012 while SF State was a fellow member of the CCAA South, and had won five straight in all, prior to a 1-1 tie in La Jolla on Oct. 25, 2013. UCSD had not allowed a goal to the Gators over 338:35 prior to Stephanie Vanni's 29th-minute opener. The equalizer came off of a free kick with just 30 seconds left in the first half. The Tritons are still unbeaten against SF State over their last 11 (7-0-4), including another 1-1 tie in Turlock in the semifinals of the 2010 CCAA Tournament before the Gators advanced on penalty kicks, 4-3. They have again not surrendered a goal to the Gators over the last 371:27, since Vanni's goal in 2013. Reilly has three goals in two games against SFSU.
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The Tritons conclude the 2017 regular season with five consecutive road tilts, four of them in conference play on successive trips to Northern California. They are first headed to Arcata to take on Humboldt State on Friday, Oct. 13, and then on to Rohnert Park to face No. 16 Sonoma State on Sunday, Oct. 15.