UCSD started the regionals tournament against UCSB. UCSD previously played UCSB this season and won 1-0. UCSD had 12 players, but only 9 field players. Grace Taylor and Dahlia Scher (two goalkeepers) stepped up and played on the field for UCSD. UCSD started the game more defensive due to their limited players. Kinsey Brillheart and Marli Bannai demonstrated excellent leadership skills while managing the back line. UCSB had a few chances on goal, but UCSD was able to hold them off in the first half.
Starting the second half, UCSD came out strong. They were able to get the ball up the field but were unlucky. Jess Madott, Mia Fava, and Jada Romero effectively controlled the midfield, and communicated efficiently. Suhana Singh, Grace Taylor, and Dahlia Scher played as outside forwards but acted more as midfielders as the game went on. Teah Glorie played all 80 minutes and had continuous amazing saves throughout the game. UCSD was able to keep a shutout and tie the game 0-0. They look forward to their next game against Arizona State at 9 am Saturday.
This past Saturday was UCSD Women's Club Soccer's second regional matchup against ASU. The Tritons were eager to play their second game, which would decide whether or not they advanced to the quarterfinals, as they got up early in the chilly and windy morning. The Tritons were excited and confident as they went onto the field for kickoff at daybreak, despite some initial anxiety.
The Tritons sought to establish a footing and establish their strategy during the first half, which began slowly and defensively. They have had to alter not only their starting lineup but also how they distribute their offense and defensive movements, much like they did in their last game due to a shortage of substitutes to help them out. Following a few modifications to their style of play and intensity, the Tritons attempted to increase their intensity by getting numerous opportunities to score through balls and corner kicks. However, during an unexpected breakaway by the Sun Devils near the half, they managed to play their way onto our right corner, get a cross from the 6 yard box and score. Although the Triton’s went into half-time with a 1-0 score, they were ready to keep pushing in the second half.
UCSD came out strong in the second half, with everyone keeping their formation tight and strong and also filled with determination. The Tritons fought hard despite the ref's absurd and vacuous calls against not only our players but also the other team. Which ultimately led to the 2nd goal scored by the Sun Devils in the box. Referring back to the horrendous calls by both the center and sideline refs, they failed to make and acknowledge the handball right before the goal was scored. Itn was clear and obvious much like the other fouls that they also didn't call. Their lack of care for our players who undoubtedly had a significantly less amount of subs compared to the other team, caused moments in the game where our players were put in harm's way by the other team. Nevertheless, UCSD battled valiantly until the very end but was unable to mount a rebound, losing to ASU 0-2. UCSD looks forward to their next qualifying quarterfinals game on Sunday where they play their match against UCLA.
Bright and early at 8am the UCSD women's club soccer team battled it out with UCLA in the quarterfinals of the NIRSA regionals tournament. After two tough matches with very few subs, the team showed incredible intensity and energy starting off the first half of their third game of the weekend. The defensive line did a great job of keeping the UCLA attackers at bay, stopping almost every offensive play before it could even reach the goal box. Outside backs Savannah Arabe and Madeline Welch worked tirelessly to stop any chances UCLA had at a cross, and the half ended with no goals conceded by either team.
Going into the second half UCSD came out with renewed energy, ready to fight for their spot in the semifinals. UCLA continued to have no luck in their attempts on goal between the unwavering strength of the defensive line as well as some amazing saves by freshman goalkeeper Teah Glorie. The team held very strong and generated some good chances on goal, however regular time unfortunately concluded with a 0-0 draw, leading into a 25 minute overtime period. In overtime UCSDs attackers continued to put UCLA under pressure, with forward Mia Fava getting a great breakaway only to be stopped by some very physical defending and a dislocated elbow.
After ending overtime still at a draw UCSD faced down UCLA in a penalty kick shootout. Despite some amazing shots by the field players, and great effort by Teah in goal UCLA managed to come away with the win after the shootout. Despite this unfortunate end to the tournament UCSDs incredible grit and determination was clear in this tournament and the team did an amazing job despite many uncontrollable setbacks.