Frustrating Regionals Tournament at Cal Poly
The Tritons came into Cal Poly looking to win regionals and continue their undefeated season.
Their first game came against a strong UC Davis. Davis caught the team off guard early in the first half as a through ball slipped past the defensive line and was ultimately turned into a goal. UCSD played a lot better during the second half, possessing the ball a lot better and putting more pressure on Davis. However, the team really struggled to find great opportunities to score in the final third and the game would end 1-0 Davis.
UCSD was looking to bounce back in their second game of the day against ASU to keep their hopes at nationals alive. On the defensive end, ASU was able to slip in a goal early on in the first half as the team still had trouble creating good chances at goal on offense. ASU would go on to score a second goal off of a huge numerical advantage on the UCSD defense to extend their lead to 2-0. The Tritons would start to battle back, as forward Henry Rose would put one in off a deflected shot to cut ASU’s lead to 2-1. However, UCSD was unsuccessful in completing the comeback as ASU handed them their second loss of the day, knocking them out of contention for nationals.
A disheartened UCSD would play their final game against UC Santa Barbara. The boys looked sluggish, playing with an uncharacteristic lack of care throughout the entire game. The team let in another first half goal after a cross that Trevor Fried initially parried out bounced off a Santa Barbara player and into the goal. Although UCSD did not play bad by any means, Santa Barbara would score 2 more goals off of counterattacks in the second half for an end result of 3-0.
UCSD played well in all three games, but too many errors on defense as well as struggles to find momentum offensively would ultimately result in a disappointing end to the Tritons’ season.