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Mika Celeste Scores Twice as No. 2 UC San Diego Blanks SF State 3-0

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – The No. 2 University of California San Diego women’s soccer team remains perfect at home after a 3-0 triumph over California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opponent, San Francisco State. With the win, the Tritons improve to 10-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in conference play; the Gators fall to 2-7-1 (0-5-0) on the season. 

In the first three minutes of action, UC San Diego had three shots on goal that were knocked out by the Gator goalkeeper. The Tritons would continue the pressure, tallying 11 shots in the first 45-minutes, four which were on goal but none that would enter.  

After a scoreless first half, UC San Diego broke the tie at the 48th minute. On a free kick positioned just to the right of the penalty box, freshman Mika Celeste serviced the ball towards the middle of the field. Redshirt sophomore Kameryn Hoban had the first header attempt that rattled around when redshirt senior Natalie Saddic finished on the rebound. It was Saddic’s sixth goal on the season, putting the Tritons up 1-nil.

In the 65th minute, Celeste would add to her stellar rookie campaign and put her team up by two. Celeste played a corner kick with her left-foot that nailed the upper left corner of the Gator net, unassisted.

Just a couple of minutes later at 66:09, Celeste struck again. Sophomore Emily Killeen was tripped up on a break-away ball by San Francisco State’s goalie, in which the official accredited a red card and ejection. Celeste took the free kick with her left-foot from about 20 yards out, finding the back of the net for a tied team-best of six goals on the season, alongside Saddic. 

UC San Diego commanded the entire second half, recording an additional 14 shots for a total of 25 on the match.

Triton goalkeeper, redshirt senior Angelica Ramos established her ninth shutout on the year. In 90 minutes, Ramos produced two saves. On defense, the blue and gold held the Gators to just five shots total.

Next, UC San Diego will return to its home field on Oct. 18 for another conference matchup against Chico State at 7 p.m. The athletic event will be part of Homecoming Weekend. 

About UC San Diego Athletics
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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