UC San Diego Burns Bright
The UC San Diego Women’s Club Soccer team faced off against a new foe this past weekend. Cal State Fullerton marched on the pitch and looked determined to bring the heat. The first half started off strong with both teams having equal scoring opportunities. Fullerton capitalized early in the first half with a sneaky goal off a cross from the left side of the pitch. The blazing ball was rocketed to the feet of a running forward whose back was to the goal. The forward danced around the ball and it ricocheted off her right foot into the upper right hand corner of the net. The tritons were down 1-0, but hope was resurrected when junior forward, Cynthia Ruiz “broke the ankle” of her defender with her quick feet and moves and sprinted down the right side of the pitch. With all her force, she pounded the ball with her right foot and it soared right over the Fullerton keeper’s hands. The battle was now tied. At the end of the first half there was more action. Fullerton fought back with another goal from a cross, this time from the right side. The forward was speedy and out ran the San Diego defender. She was met with further resistance from one of the San Diego center backs, but she quickly got the cross off to a waiting teammate in the box. Her teammate was faced with the wrath of the San Diego keeper, Amy Schwartz, but unfortunately was not phased and poked the goal in. San Diego quickly evened the playing field when freshman midfielder, Reese Flinn perfectly slotted a ball between the Fullerton defenders to the oncoming Cynthia Ruiz. With poise, Ruiz breezed past the defenders and slotted a ball into the corner of the overconfident Fullerton keeper. Half time. The second half was met with little action from both teams and the game ended with a draw. San Diego hits the turf again this weekend to face University of San Diego in one of the final league games. Hopefully the sleep deprivation from studying for finals can give them an edge over the competition.