UCSD Wins the State Championship!

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
In their last weekend of the season, UCSD finished as Western Collegiate Field Hockey Conference champions -- starting with a 4-1 win against Cal Poly in the semi-finals on Saturday. Throughout the season, UCSD has been working on perfecting their structure and working as a team. UCSD went into playoffs as the first seed in the southern conference and as they started playoff weekend on Saturday, their goals couldn't have been achieved more. Each and every player left it all out on the field, putting in the best work they have all season. UCSD was hungry for a win after years of not being able to beat Cal Poly. With a dominant win, they moved onto the championship game against UC Davis on Sunday. While Davis put up a good fight, UCSD players were determined to bring home the championship title. Captain Arshdeep Singh set the tone with a goal in the first half, followed by a goal made by Captain Madison Ghiz. An unlucky break allowed Davis to score their only goal, leaving the score at 2-1 going into the second half. 35 minutes left in the season and UCSD could almost taste the victory. Alberto Montilla Ochoa finished off the score with UCSD's third goal. Though the team was confident, UCSD was determined to not let the win slip through their fingers and fought hard until the end. When the final buzzer blew, players were overcome with emotion as tears of joy spread across the team. UCSD brought the championship title home after 6 years and ended the season in what senior Captain Abby Sumi describes as "the perfect way to end a great season". After the win, Alberto Montilla Ochoa was awarded Offensive MVP of the league -- a title much deserved due to his passion and hard work. UCSD will return next fall season hungry for another title, but for now they will bask in the glory of being 2017 Western Collegiate Field Hockey Conference champions.
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UCSD Suffers First Loss of the Season

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
While UCSD was hoping to finish the season undefeated, they fell short of that title in their Sunday game against USC. They fought hard and played well, but were unable to score a goal in the circle while their competitor, USC, scored twice. Despite not fulfilling their hopes of bringing home a win for their seniors in their final home game, UCSD was proud of the skill and effort they put forth. Captains Madison Ghiz and Abby Sumi -- among the seniors leaving after this season -- noted how this loss wouldn't define their season as UCSD remains in first place. With one away game left before they head to Cal Poly for playoffs, UCSD is confident they will end the season on a strong note.
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UCSD Secures Seat in Playoffs

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
With the help of a nail-biting 2-1 win against UCSB at home, UCSD Field Hockey went into their away game in Santa Barbara with hopes of scoring sooner and more often -- a goal that they accomplished fantastically. Despite a slow start, UCSD was able to come alive the second half to beat Santa Barbara 6-1. The score was 1-0 going into the second half of the game and UCSB was able to score a goal to tie things up early on. Though Coach Amanda Warford noted it took getting scored on for her players to wake up, UCSD was able to pull through and score 5 additional goals, while also improving on the defensive end to ensure they weren't scored on again. Alberto Montilla Ochoa had another great game with an impressive 4 goals, while Sami Brinton and Sarah Martin each contributed another goal. UCSD walked away from the game with a proud win, made even better by securing a place in this year's playoffs at Cal Poly SLO. UCSD remains in first place in the southern conference, with the goal of keeping their undefeated status as they take on USC again this upcoming weekend in their last game at home.
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UCSD Comes Out On Top Against USC

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
With the season off to a strong start, UCSD took on their biggest competitor, USC, in their first away game of the year. UCSD was able to pull ahead and score early in the game, followed by an additional goal scored by Elyse Noda shortly after. With a strong lead at 2-0 going into the second half, UCSD's defense and structure remained strong. Though USC was able to get one point on the scoreboard, Alberto Montilla Ochoa scored immediately after to put the score at 3-1. Ochoa finished the game strong with his third goal in the latter of the second half, bringing the score to its final total of 4-1. This was a triumphant win for UCSD as they tied USC twice last season 0-0. With this win, UCSD solidified their position in first place while obtaining redemption from last season's unsatisfying ties.
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Nail-Biting Win vs. UCSB

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Carrying the momentum from their win against Claremont, UCSD brought home a nail-biting 2-1 win in their game against UCSB on Sunday, October 22nd. With the majority of possession in UCSD’s hands throughout the whole game, they still struggled to score a goal. The score was 0-0 until there was 1 minute left in the game and UCSB was given a stroke and scored. The moment was deja vu for UCSD’s returning players as this is how they lost to UCSB last season, costing them first place in the Southern California Conference. With only seconds left to score and the history of last season looming over, UCSD got to work and managed to get a short corner with no time left on the clock. Will Bauer pulled the team through with a beautiful goal to send the game into overtime. 15 minutes to play, 7 v 7 and in sudden death – first goal wins – UCSD was determined to finish the game with a win. 5 minutes into overtime, UCSD gained another short corner. Abby Sumi inserted the ball to the top of the circle where Arshdeep Singh shot the ball right back to Sumi who tipped the ball in for the game- winning goal. In a spectacular captain-to-captain pass, UCSD had won the game they were seconds away from losing. Coach Amanda Warford noted how the game “cost [her] a few years of [her] life”, but is ultimately thrilled with the performance of her team. UCSD hopes to remain undefeated, as they take on USC next weekend in their first away game of the season. Highlights: Sami Brinton held up the forward line with her incredible speed and ball skills, despite being hit hard by the ball earlier in the game. Keeping the ball on the offensive end wouldn’t have been possible without Arshdeep Singh and Rachel Flanagan working together in the backfield and stopping every ball that came their way. Flanagan played beautifully, but suffered an unfortunate ankle sprain in overtime when a UCSB player knocked her down. Flanagan has stated she’ll “be in the trainer’s room every day until they clear [her] to play”; her teammates are all pulling for a quick recovery, as her talent, defense and energy are much needed on the field.
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Season Opener

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
In the season opener, UCSD took on Claremont McKenna College hoping to start the season on a good note on October 21st. Though they went into the second half with the score being close at 2-1, they stepped up their game in the next half and scored 8 goals -- 4 of which were scored in the remaining 5 minutes. Returning MVP Sabrina Gonzales, along with Arshdeep Singh, held down the defensive end, while Sami Brinton and Will Bauer worked to keep possession and support their teammates on offense. UCSD took home a great win today and hope to carry their momentum into their game tomorrow against UCSB.
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First Loss of the Season but Still Moving On To Playoffs!

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
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!
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Tritons Make It To Playoffs For The First Time In Many Years

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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.
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Top Teams in SoCal and NorCal Divisions Play for the Win

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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.
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UC San Diego Tritons and USC Trojans End in another Deadlock after a Decisive Win Against the Claremont Serpents

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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.
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Tritons Remain Undefeated After back-to-back Weekend

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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.
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Tritons Start off the Season with a Win

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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.
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Back to Back Away Games Challenge the Tritons to a 1-1 Weekend

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE
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.
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Nov 14-15 Field Hockey

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
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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Oct 24 Field Hockey

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
Back to Back Away Games Challenge the Tritons to a 1-1 Weekend 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.
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