Aztec Cup a First Test for Tritons
UCSD entered the SDSU Aztec Cup for the first time in a couple of years, hopeful for good results and team development.
The Triton's first game was an unfortunate 3-0 loss to USC. While the Tritons fought hard individually and as a team, the team's first game back did not go as well as anyone had hoped. Lots of missed opportunities and some small errors, as well as a very talented USC team, gave the Triton's their first loss of the tournament.
In the second game of the tournament, and UCSD's first home game of the year, the final score of 3-3 was the result of a very exhilarating match. Early in the first half, Grad Student Forward Kyle Vigil strikes home a beautiful left-footed shot; later in the half, Lukas Hanc gets on the scoreboard, giving the Tritons a 2-0 lead. GCU was able to pull a goal back before halftime, ending the first half 2-1 in favor of the Tritons. The second half started with lots of energy from both teams. However, it was GCU scoring first in the half, tying the game at 2-2. With less than 10 minutes left to play, Senior Captain Luca Scotzniovsky calmly slotted the ball past the GCU goalie after a great combination with Kyle Vigil. Unfortunately, in the very last minute of play, GCU was able to knock the ball into the goal one last time. The game finishes as a 3-3 tie.
In UCSD's third game of the tournament, they came to another draw this weekend, this time to Weber State University. Junior Winger Will Lynch started off the scoring by netting the first goal of his college career, assisted from a wonderful cross by Lukas Hanc. No more than 15 minutes later, Senior Captain Luca Scotzniovsky scores a well-placed put-back shot from a corner kick. An intense battle between both teams as Weber was able to pull a goal back before halftime. Both teams came back determined in the second half, but it ends in another disappointing finish as Weber scored another goal, tying the game. UCSD was not able to score more goals despite many chances, and the game finishes a 2-2 tie.
The Tritons finished the tournament with a disappointing record of 0W 1L 2T; however, promising performances and developing team chemistry have them looking forward to their upcoming season.