The third game of the UCSD WCS spring season began Sunday afternoon at 4:00PM,
after a two-hour drive through mild Los Angeles traffic. The team met to play against UC
Riverside with plenty of time to warm up, yet things felt initially slow on the field.
Beginning the game, right midfielder Ellie Price scored a quick volley goal against the
Bears, with the assist off a blocked shot from Cynthia Ruiz-Lopez. Riverside countered,
scoring a goal off a cross to tie the game 1-1. The intensity on the field rose, and both
teams were able to gain some composure, until a foul in the box on Lauryn Ruegg led to
a penalty shot for Rachel Ng; she scored effortlessly, and the Tritons led 2-1 going into
half. At this point, both teams had become acutely aware of the poor calls being made
by the referees, particularly a dangerous play against captain Jill Giannini, that resulted
in an immediate red card for Jade Joiner, for defending her captain. During the second
half, the Tritons dominated possession, despite poor field conditions and atrocious
refereeing, and striker McKenzie Kirn was able to score a beautiful goal, giving us a
final score of 3-1. Go Tritons!