On Sunday, November 13th the UC San Diego field hockey team took on the Gauchos in Santa Barbara for the final conference game of their season. Starting off strong, the teams took turns gaining possession and progressing up the field. Arshdeep Singh had great possession in the back, preventing many break aways throughout the game. Rachel Flanagan stepped up as a substitute goalie for the game, staying tough and incredibly focused, blocking numerous shots on goal! Zoe Montoya controlled the midfield and helped transfer across the field and Vinnu and Vikas excelled in their defense and control. Although the Tritons lost 0-1 after an unlucky call on a stroke fro UCSB, the team will still move on to playoffs the weekend of December 3rd!
The UC San Diego Field Hockey drove up to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on Friday evening, December 2, to compete in the playoffs for the first time in many years. They were quickly introduced to the postseason as the team’s first game was Saturday morning against the Mustangs themselves. Starting off strong, the team dominated the game, pushing hard and leaving everything on the field. With a lucky shot on a corner, Cal Poly managed to score and leave the game at 1-0. In the second half, Erika Nilsson performed great as she blocked numerous goals from being scored. Unfortunately, UC San Diego lost to Cal Poly 0-2, leaving them competing for third place the following day.
On Sunday, the Tritons came out strong against Chico. Within the first ten minutes, first year Alberto Montilla managed to score two goals. Later on, Alberto went on to score 2 more times. There was excellent defense by Arshdeep Singh as well as Sabrina Gonzalez, stopping anything that came her way. The team communicated well and dominated the second half of the game, with a goal by second year Kiara Suzuki. The team played incredibly well together, and Vikas Chinnappa and Vinnu Bhardwaj made incredible offensive plays. Despite having finals the following week, UC San Diego came out strong and left everything on the field, claiming third place in playoffs with a final score of 5-2. Although they placed third, they look forward to next season and qualifying to playoffs again to compete for the first place victory.
It was a tough battle against Cal Poly SLO this past weekend on November 6th, as the Tritons and Mustangs fought for the win during a mini-tournament on San Diegan turf. A thick fog encompassed the field as players positioned themselves for the start of the game. With the sharp sound of the whistle, the game was on and possession was mediated back and forth for the first quarter of the game. Sabrina Gonzalez (#18) received a transfer ball from the center midfielders and accelerated up the sidelines only to be thrown to the ground by a fierce blow from a Mustang. The Mustang received a yellow card for unnecessary aggression as Gonzalez hobbled off the field with support from her teammates and coach who attended to her needs. Stunned for a moment, the Tritons got their heads back in the game. The opposition was strong as the Mustangs encroached into the Triton’s circle and did a quick power play, scoring the first goal of the game in the first half. As the second half began, the Tritons pushed hard against Mustang defense, possessing the ball for most of the second half. A couple shots by midfielders Vinnu Bhardwaj (#44) and Vikas Chinnappa (#45) barely missed the goal as forward Rachel To (#1) received a few tips, only to be met by the goalie’s pads. The game ended with a 2-0 final score with Mustangs with the win.
It was a muggy weekend, on October 22nd, going into the second game against Claremont McKenna College as the Tritons defeated the Serpents with a 14-0 shutout on Saturday, October 22. With no goalie in cage and just a kicker-back to substitute, the Tritons played a powerful offensive attack, scoring 7 goals in the first half. Samantha Brinton, center forward, scored a whopping 4 goals alongside with Abby Sumi and Alberto Montilla with 3 goals each.
The following Sunday, October 23rd, the Tritons played an intense game against the USC Trojans and held possession for majority of the game. Multiple shots were hit across the cage hoping for a tip into goal but were just barely out of reach by UC San Diego forwards. Short corners—penalty plays against the opposing goalie and its defenders—were earned in the second half of the game against the Trojans with Arshdeep Singh and Madison Ghiz up top to put the ball in the cage. However, the game ended with another 0-0 tie and left the Tritons still yet to be scored on.
UC San Diego Field Hockey played USC on Saturday October 15, 2016. With no girl subs, they held possession for the majority of the game and still managed to keep up the pace. After an aggressive first half, the score still remained 0-0. UC San Diego came into the second half determined to score, with several shots on cage that were deflected by their goalie or slightly out of reach. Erika Nilsson made several saves that helped the team continue their tie, but the game ended with the initial score of 0-0.
In the second game of the weekend, UC San Diego started off strong during their home game against the UCSB Gauchos, with Alberto Montilla scoring a goal within the first few minutes. The team kept the momentum going as they continued to make great passes and maintain possession for the first half, with 3 more goals by Alberto, midfielder Caroline Henderson, and forward Sami Brinton. Starting off the second half, goalie Erika Nilsson helped the team with two incredible saves, keeping the Gauchos shut out. Shortly after, forward Kiara Suzuki sprinted up the field after a hard hit ball by Sabrina Gonzalez and took the ball to goal, creating the perfect set up for a goal by Abby Sumi and then following this, a goal by Kiara herself. Vinnu Bardwhaj also scored an incredible goal, chipping the ball into the corner of the net. The final score was 7-0 UC San Diego, as they continue their season undefeated and without any goals scored against them.
UC San Diego Club Field Hockey took on Claremont McKenna as the first game of the season this past Sunday, October 9, 2016. After driving 2 hours to the field, they geared up and got ready to take on the Serpents. They started off strong, quickly making their way up the field and dominating the game in their offensive half despite the heat. Will Bauer scored the first goal of the game only a couple minutes before half time, giving UC San Diego the lead. During the second half, the team continued their passing game, leading to an incredible assist by Sehj Singh and goal by captain Rachel To. The final score was 2-0, and the UC San Diego Field Hockey team came away with their first of hopefully many victories of the season.
The UC San Diego Field Hockey team played back to back games this weekend during their first travel weekend of the season. On Saturday night they took on the Gauchos in Santa Barbara coming onto the field strong. Vikas Chinnappa scored in the first half making it the team’s first goal of the season! San Diego’s goalie Erika Nilsson stepped up and had some awesome saves in the cage several times throughout the game. The team played hard and kept up the teamwork through the second half but in the end Santa Barbara ended the game with two goals making the final score 1-2.
On Sunday the Tritons got up bright and early to take on the Serpents in Claremont. Even though the team was on minimal sleep everyone came out to the field pumped up and ready to go. Abby Sumi would start off the game with a goal within the first 15 minutes of the half followed by two more from Vinnu Bhardwaj. The team kept up their passing game into the second half and played a great game of hockey with Vinnu scoring within the first 3 minutes of the half. Abby and Vinnu would together score another three goals for the team before the final whistle. The game ended with the Tritons up 6-1 making for quite the victory to conclude the long weekend.
Three Cheers for the Home Team
This was a huge weekend for your UC San Diego Tritons as they took on Gauchos of UCSB, on November 14th, and the Trojans of USC, on November 15, in a double header on their home turf. The stakes were high as it was essential that the Tritons win both games in order to claim a spot in the playoffs against the teams from the Northern division of the WCFHC.
The Tritons started the weekend christening the newly renovated Muir Field against their UC rival, the Gauchos from Santa Barbara. Your UC San Diego Tritons started the game off strong securing a 1-0 lead over the Gauchos with a goal scored by forward Taylor Howell. However, in the final few minutes of the first half the Gauchos responded with a sneaky goal that rolled over the goal line during a pile up in the circle. Both teams came out strong in the second half fueled by the high stakes of the match. However the Gauchos were able to score 3 quick goals, claiming a 4-1 lead over the Tritons. While the Tritons fought hard and maintained possession of the ball for a majority of the half, they were unable to find the back of the net on any one of their many scoring opportunities. The game concluded with a 4-1 win to the Gauchos. A big congratulations and thank you to Christine Emuka for stepping up and playing kicker-back during this big match.
Refreshed and ready for another big match the UC San Diego Tritons stepped on the field on Sunday morning to take on the Trojans of USC. The Tritons were determined to secure the win after a tough loss to the Trojans on the USC home turf earlier in the season. After 20 minutes of back and forth with both teams maintaining great possession of the ball, UC San Diego midfielder Vinnu Bhardwaj scored a beautiful goal in the right upper corner off of a reverse chip. The Trojans were enraged and came back at the Tritons in full force. However, it was the Tritons who again were able to find the back of the net. With 7 minutes remaining in the first half, midfield Will Bauer snuck a quick shot past the USC keeper, securing UC San Diego a 2-0 at halftime. In the first 5 minutes of the second half the Trojans scored two quick goals off of two back to back short corner opportunities, leaving the score at 2-2. The Tritons determined to claim the W continued to fight and maintained beautiful possession around the Trojans. Their hard work paid off when forward Taylor Howell tipped the ball into the back of the net off of a shot from midfielder Will Bauer, which put the score at 3-2 Tritons. Unfortunately, the Trojans were able to score a lucky goal on a counterattack, bringing the score back to a draw of 3-3. Tensions and emotions were high on both ends of the field. With just 7 minutes remaining in regulation play, forward Taylor Howell scored another big goal for the Tritons putting the score at 4-3 Tritons. The Tritons were able to hold the Trojans to this score and secured the win over their Southern California rivals. A big big thank you and congratulations to all of your UC San Diego Triton field hockey players for a tremendous weekend and for showing an incredibly amount of heart.
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