National Showcase Tournament
The Tritons attended the National Showcase Tournament, held in Corona, California after a successful spring league campaign. In their first match, in a scoreless draw to SJSU, the Tritons came out hard and determined to win but were not able to convert despite dominating much of the match.
The Tritons came back out for their second match, against UW, with a will to leave the field with a win. Despite being a strong team, UW was not able to handle the Triton's ball movement and pressure, as UCSD dominated much of the match as well. The deadlock broke in the second half when sophomore midfielder Raimundo Castro calmly converted a penalty kick; the lead was soon doubled, when forward Ben Tsuda struck a beautiful far post chip from outside of the box. UW was able to come back and get a consolation goal, but it did not prove to be enough as the Tritons held onto the lead, finishing the game 2-1 with a win.
In the final group stage game, the deciding game on who goes to the knockout stages, the Tritons and USC played a hard-fought game; with tired legs on both ends after already playing a game on the same day, UCSD prove to be the stronger team, creating chance after chance and putting the pressure on a USC team with almost no options. The game went on for almost an hour scoreless, until an unlucky corner kick deflected off of a UCSD player, resulting in an own goal; USC was ahead 1-0. From then on, there was an uphill battle for the Tritons to get a goal back to at least stay in the tournament. The response came 15 minutes later when Captain Luca Scotzniovsky hit a curler from outside of the 18-yard box past the USC goalie. The game finished at 1-1, UCSD outperforming the other team; the cards all fell in the right places, as the other group stage game went in the Tritons' favor, meaning a semi-final game for the Tritons was in place.
The semi-final game against UCSB was a tough game; UCSD matched up very well with them, playing up to the level of Santa Barbara. UCSD struck first, after forward Ben Tsuda slots home a penalty kick. Unfortunately, UCSB scored not one but two goals from set pieces, with the game finishing 2-1 in favor of UCSB.
Despite the disappointing loss in the semis, UCSD had an impressive set of games at the National Showcase and look to prepare for the fall to sweep the league.