Tritons Take a Humbling Defeat at SDSU
In the first game of the Spring season, the Tritons took a humbling defeat to arch-nemesis San Diego State. This game was the first leg of the SD Cup semifinal tie and so UCSD was looking for a big result to improve their chances to move on to the final. However, a midweek game on a late night started out without the optimal conditions, as State did not provide a warm up field so the Tritons had to search for a patch of grass around the campus to do an improvised warm up and then shift over to the field before the start of the game. The game started out in a hectic manner as the Tritons tried to get their legs back after a long break from competitive matches. The Tritons held their own in the first half and even had a couple opportunities to pull ahead but the two sides went into the half tied 0-0. The second half was a different story as the Tritons calmed down and started to play their game, yet it only pushed the Aztecs to find a hole and bang in a shot from 30 yards to pull ahead 1-0. This was a foreshadowing as the Tritons allowed another 2 goals in the upcoming 15 minutes to go behind 3-0. As the Tritons searched for an away goal to give them hope for the second leg, the Aztecs took advantage and put in a fourth goal. The Tritons were not able to find a goal and the game ended 4-0 leaving a very disappointing side. To the Tritons the only silver lining was that they were able to try a new formation and include new players into the side with hopes that it would lead to more successful results in the future.