Big Night for Natalie Saddic as No. 3 Tritons Top Cougars in Dramatic Fashion
AZUSA, Calif. – The No. 3 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team defeated Azusa Pacific, 3-2, at Cougar Soccer Complex on Saturday night. With the victory, UC San Diego improves to 3-0 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 2-1.
Natalie Saddic’s big night started early, as she put the Tritons on the scoreboard in just the fourth minute of play. She was assisted by Michelle Baddour, putting UC San Diego up 1-0 at the 3:40 mark.
Azusa Pacific answered a little under 20 minutes minute later, and the teams entered halftime tied at 1-1.
During the second half, the Tritons regained their lead. Baddour dished out her second assist of the night as Sophia Bruno put it away to make it a 2-1 contest.
Azusa Pacific responded once again though, tying things up with less than 20 minutes in regulation.
In the 86th minute, Saddic brought late heroics for the Tritons. The San Diego native capitalized off of a penalty kick, sending it into the Cougar net to make it 3-2. UC San Diego was able to preserve its lead for the remainder of the match, taking home the win.
“Nat’s performance tonight was one of her most dominant as a Triton,” said Head Coach Kristin Jones. “She was very dynamic every time she got the ball, always looking to make something happen for the team. She, along with the back line, kept us organized in important moments. It was a very complete game from her.”
The Tritons will be back in action at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, hosting Simon Fraser at Triton Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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