The Tritons could secure a league championship with a win on Saturday against USC. The Trojans showed up to Sports Deck without substitutes. The late afternoon sun was sure to drain their energy and the Tritons looked to capitalize on their lack of depth. The game started off with a bang as Francisco “Danny?” Salinas slotted in a pass that came straight down Route 1. The Tritons became complacent and a bit of miscommunication lead to an easy equalizer for USC. Ben “Who Got Cleats” Tsuda banged in goal number two for the Tritons. The grad student ripped an excellent volley into the net and the fans were instantly reminded of Like Mike. I’m not saying the shoes Ben borrowed for the game have magical powers, but that may have been the greatest shot of his life. USC equalized again and the Tritons were left wondering what had happened to their D. The Tritons dug in and fought to find a third goal and secure the league. Their savior happened to wear the same number of Jordan. Off a long range shot, Quinn “Salty” Frantzen pounced on a loose save and slotted the ball through the legs of the keeper. UC San Diego strengthened their D for the last ten minutes and grinded out a win. CHAMPS BABY.
Special shout out to Laurel “Animal Orphanage” Bowling for the wonderful cupcakes and sweet notes. It meant a lot to the seniors and the kind words she put into the notes are appreciated.
Extracurricular events in Indio, California left the UC San Diego Men with a slightly depleted squad, but this proved to be no issue as the Tritons put forth a convincing 3-1 win over San Diego State B. The match started as usual: UC San Diego dominance with no reflection of such on the scoreboard due to squandered chances. The first breakthrough occurred when Luca Scotzniovsky, with his newly found 18-year-old strength, bodied a defender and crossed the ball in to Jon Clausen for a tidy finish. Mere minutes later, the Tritons widened their lead. Aric Diesen capitalized on a failed clearance and tucked the ball into the corner between two pairs of Aztec legs. Firas Eid finished the scoring for the home team with a wonderful strike, from the corner spot, gently caressing the back of the net and embarrassing the opposing keeper in the process. However, UC San Diego returned from halftime a bit complacent and allowed SDSU B to nick back a goal. Defensive performances by Guhan Sundar and Jaime Ayala promptly stopped any further attacks by the visiting team. With the 3-1 victory, the Tritons earn a ticket to the National Showcase at the end of April and sit tied for first in league with a game in hand.
After a disappointing loss on Saturday, the Tritons came out with a vengeance on Sunday against Grand Canyon University. Francisco Salinas fed Jon Clausen with an early cross to open the scoring. Christian Gunther and Aric Diesen combined for a banger that Christian claims “was the best goal of his life.” Francisco Salinas converted a penalty and Jonah Gooden added another all within the first half. The Tritons momentum died off in the second half, but they still added 2 goals to their lead. Aric Diesen added the 5th off a lovely penetrating ball from Christian Gunther. Jonathan Clausen put the final nail in the coffin with a ballsy run and finish, assisted by Francisco Salinas. Tritons 6. Grand Canyon 0.
The Tritons fell to SDSU on Saturday night. The Tritons could have clinched the Spring League title with a win away, but alas it was not to be. The Tritons came out hesitant and SDSU put away an early goal. The goal came off of a couple of lucky bounces for the Aztecs and UC San Diego had only God to blame. SDSU added another banger late into the second half. A couple of passing combination set up an Aztec midfielder for a one time shot at the top of the 18 and he buried it into the corner. Francisco “IM Don” Salinas pulled a goal back off a corner, but it did not change the outcome of the game. SDSU 2. Tritons 1.
The win, YUGE! The goals, YUGE! The fans, MASSIVE! The ratings, YUGE! Saturday night, February 25th, UC San Diego made soccer great again with a massive drubbing of Point Loma. The Tritons came out firing in the opening game of the annual SD Cup. The Tritons are in a group with Point Loma and SDSU B, and wanted to make a statement to intimidate the other participants. The Triton’s poured on the pressure early, but couldn’t convert simple chances. The deadlock was broken when Kenan “Slothy Body” Mesic scored two headed goals off of beautiful assists from Youcef “Yak Yak” Rezagui and Firas “The Boss” Eid. “Slothy Body” Mesic decided to return the favor with a brilliant assist to Christian “Buddhist” Gunther who banged a volley into the back of the net. Youcef “Yak Yak” Rezagui setup Rohan “Bruhhhhhhhhhh” Oprisko who converted his opportunity efficiently. RJ “Jose Jr.” Rupp put in a lot of work for UC San Diego and was rewarded with a goal (Jaime assisted, but didn’t want credit because he’s that kind of guy). Danny Jacobs continued a beautiful run of performances with an assist to setup his #1 cheerleader Jonathan “Random Screams” Clausen. UC San Diego 6. Point Loma 1. The SD Clasico is Saturday at San Diego State.
WELCOME TO THE BAY. After riding their scrapper bikes up to Northern California, the Tritons landed in the hometown of Mac Dre and the Thizzle Dance. The Tritons were here for two games on what they call their annual “Nor Cal Trip.” The first game was against the Bears of Berkeley. The Tritons came out hot, but failed to score in the first half. They went down 1-0 right before halftime because of a poorly marked header. A line change in the second half spurred the Tritons to victory. A powerful header from Jaime “Thicc” Ayala and a weak shot from Rohan “Hate Hate Hate” Oprisko that luckily deflected into the net, put the UC San Diego in the lead. Berkeley “forgot” to get refs for the game and thankfully karma is real. Tritons 2. Bears 1.
The second game saw UC San Diego square off with Stanford. The Tritons dominated the Tree in the first half on a field as large as UC San Diego’s campus. Sadly, this domination did not lead to a goal. Stanford was surprisingly dirty and chippy for a team whose mascot is a tree. Stanford had one quality shot on goal and it happened to go in. The Tritons had to hold the L, but look for them to bounce back this weekend on Saturday against Point Loma. Trees 1. Tritons 0.
With only the moon to light their path, the Tritons drove two hours from Tucson to Phoenix for the highly anticipated clash with ASU on February 5th. The Tritons were unfazed by the pregame flexing and protein chugging, and came out on fire. Jon “Eggplant” Clausen fired home the first goal off an ASU mistake. The Tritons went into halftime up a goal. The Tritons, tired from the ten hours of driving from the previous day, came out a bit sluggish. UC San Diego let in two easy goals at the beginning of the second half. The Tritons looked around and saw their coach, sunburnt, shoeless, and unfazed on the sideline, and found the confidence to mount a comeback. Jon “Eggplant” Clausen picked off an ASU back pass and rounded the keeper to tie the game up at two. Later, some well worked wing play lead to a cross that found Aric Diesen. Diesen burnt the ASU defender to a crisp and cut a pass back to Francisco Salinas who rocketed a shot into the back of the net. Tritons 3. Arizona State 2. Eggplants for everyone.
The Tritons hopped on a large bus and drove 8 hours west to the city of Tucson on February 4th. They were on a mission to secure 6 points from 2 games and stay in first place. There was no shortage of energy in the beginning from the Tritons. They created the majority of scoring chances in the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net before halftime. Arizona were the opposite of creative. Long throws were the method of attack that posed a threat to the Triton defense. As time wound down, Arizona began to complain about every single refereeing decision. Quinn “Eggplant” Frantzen picked the pocket of the Wildcats left back and dribbled down the line, he rounded the center back, faced the keeper, and flicked a pass to Jon “Eggplant” Clausen who smashed the ball into the goal. The Tritons would hammer the final nail into the coffin 5 minutes later. Kenan “Eggplant” Mesic held the ball up at the top of the box and played a majestic pass to Quinn “Eggplant” Frantzen. Frantzen was mutilated by the Arizona defenders, but he was able to slide the ball across goal to Jon “Eggplant” Clausen who slotted the orb into the net for his brace. UC San Diego 2. Arizona 0.
The UC San Diego Men’s Soccer team began their season with a convincing win over UC Riverside on January 28th. The Tritons played gritty defense and free flowing offense to secure a win that the score did not accurately represent. Riverside was never in the game. Their anemic offense barely created the illusion of a threatening attack. Jaime “Money League” Ayala opened the scoring with a header that may as well been a recreation of the famous “Creation of Adam” painting by Michelangelo. The grace of Ayala’s jump and the accurate placement of the shot resembled the famous strokes of Michelangelo’s paint brush. The Tritons toyed with the wounded Highlanders until the very end. Firas “Osh Kosh B’gosh” Eid smoothly worked his way through the defense in a manner resembled a river flowing through the rapids. He won a penalty and celebrated by brushing pieces of turf from his beard. Quinn “Rin Tin Tin” Frantzen stepped up to take the penalty. He was taunted by the goalkeeper prior to the kick, but the captain played it off even though his career penalty conversion percentage is under 10%. He slotted it into the right corner and proceeded to do a celebration that invoked classical 16th century British dance and the newly created Salt Bae meme. Tritons 2. Riverside 0.
UC San Diego came to Regionals hoping to win the tournament and qualify for Nationals. They started off with a solid 1-0 win against University of Texas, El Paso. With the condensed groups, that win put the Tritons into the knockout round with their other group game left to play. UC San Diego lost to Cal Poly 4-0, but the game was of little importance because both teams were moving on to the next round. On Sunday, UC San Diego needed to get revenge against Long Beach to have a shot at making Nationals. Going up a goal early the Tritons stumbled after halftime and gave up 4 unanswered goals. They pulled one back the end to make the score a little less lopsided, but the damage had been done. The Tritons had their Regional tournament ended with a 4-2 loss to Long Beach. Fall season is over for the men’s team, but the women’s team made Nationals. Please donate to help them get to Alabama.
UC San Diego stumbled out of bed on Saturday morning and somehow made it to the field. Giving their best impression of France during the German blitzkrieg, the Tritons defense was cut like a knife through hot butter. Looking to clinch a bid to regionals, the Tritons disappointingly came out flat. A beautiful free kick from Youcef “The Sleeper” Rezagui and a solid PK from Kenan “Floppy Disc” Mesic were overshadowed by a defense that was more porous than SpongeBob. Long Beach 5, Tritons 3. The UC San Diego Men will travel to UCLA on Friday to play in regionals.
UC San Diego put 7 goals into the “ol’ onion sack” on Sunday, October 16th, against UCR. The Tritons suddenly discovered how to score and punished UCR mercilessly. Surprisingly, UC San Diego did not receive any red cards during the match. All goals were scored by Kevin Martinez.
Ten minutes into the match, UC San Diego decided they needed to make the game tougher on themselves. The Tritons were shown a red card for the 4th time this season. San Marcos had their hopes crushed by a goal that had more curve than a banana. Freshman, Luka “Stranostkiytsfjiireijjjds” Scotzniovsky, smacked the ball with authority and put the Tritons up 1-0. The Tritons fought for 60 minutes down a man and pulled out a gritty win.
God was on the side of the Tritons in this battle of the San Diego universities. God said, “let there be goals,” and the goals flowed on Sunday. The Tritons scored early, but allowed USD back in the game with lazy defense. The Tritons were parted like the Red Sea and gave up two goals in the first half. UC San Diego came storming back and took control like the Romans. The season was saved and USD was banished to the bottom of the table.
UC San Diego came into the California Clasico undefeated in league play. A red card at the end of the first half put the Tritons in a hole late in the first half. With ten men, UC San Diego continued to fight and created some chances, but could not capitalize. SDSU scored a goal late in the second half and another red card for the Tritons killed off all comeback hopes. Thank you for all the fans that came out and showed the team love. We appreciate you. In the words of DJ Khaled “you smart, you loyal.”
UC San Diego travelled to Fullerton on Sunday, October 2nd to play their second Fall League game. The boys from Cal State Fullerton didn’t realize that it was the team with the most goals, not the most fouls, wins the game. Fullerton hacked, swore in Spanish, and flopped for ninety minutes. UC San Diego broke the deadlock in the first half with a set piece goal from Jonah “Straight Outta Malibu” Gooden. Gooden released a powerful shot onto the face of a Fullerton player, the ball deflected off the face of the Fullerton player and found its way into the goal. The field and the refs tried their best to hand Fullerton a tie, but the Triton’s defense held strong. It wasn’t a pretty game, but the Tritons walked away with 3 points and an amazing start to their Fall League campaign.
The Tritons began their Fall League campaign on October 1st with a trip up I-5 to the planned city of Irvine. In the La Jolla of Los Angeles, UC San Diego came out hungry for goals. Christian “Fiji Water” Gunther blasted a left-footed rocket into the top corner before halftime to satisfy the travelling fans and his teammates. Twenty minutes into the second half, Daniel “Alexis” Sanchez – Cruz decided he was tired and needed to sit on the bench. Daniel cut down two Irvine players with a vicious tackle and received a red card. He happily ran to the bench, found a seat, and was rewarded with a stern lecture from new coach Henry “Club Liv” Cullen. Quinn “Homeless” Frantzen found Jon “6th Year” Clausen behind the Anteater defense. Clausen dribbled into the Irvine box and found Quinn who calmly slotted the ball into the goal. Kenan “The Sloth from Zootopia” Mesic had the audacity to chip the keeper from half-field which wrapped up the game and handed UC San Diego a 3-0 win.
On September 25th the Tritons were placed in Group D with UC Berkeley, CS Northridge, and Utah Valley University. The Tritons began group play with an easy win against Utah Valley. Utah Valley was buried under an onslaught of pressure and goals leading to UC San Diego’s 4-1 win. On Saturday, UC San Diego came to SDSU and obliterated Berkeley with a 4-0 win. After the embarrassing loss Berkeley should vacate the #1 spot in the US News top public school rankings. Four hours later, UC San Diego dug in and pulled out a gritty tie against Fullerton. Tired legs made the game seem as if it was played in slow motion. UC San Diego won group D and prepared for a Sunday morning match-up with Cal Poly. On Sunday, the Tritons came out with fire and scored the first goal. They conceded thirty seconds later and went into halftime tied 1-1. With only 3 subs, San Diego could barely muster enough energy to fight Cal Poly’s endless stream of substitutions. The Tritons conceded again and were bounced from the tournament. The 2-1 loss was disappointing, but the Tritons gained valuable experience and fitness from Aztec Cup.
The UC San Diego Men’s Club Soccer team opened their spring season with a weekend getaway to Arizona. On Saturday, UC San Diego played Grand Canyon University in Casa Grande, AZ at the sports complex that is used by the Real Salt Lake Academy. The Tritons fell behind 1-0 after some unnecessary passes and horrid defense. Kazu “Honda” Otani found Pepe “Meme” TP for the opening goal. Jon Clausen “Bowling” was brought down in the box and “Cap’n” Quinn Frantzen slotted the PK home to put UC San Diego up 2-1. Kazu “KAZZUUUUUU” Otani banged in another from 25 yards out and Pepe wrapped up a brace with UCSD’s 4th goal. The Tritons left Casa Grande with all three points and a great start to their spring league campaign.
The following afternoon UC San Diego drove to Tucson to face the University of Arizona. In the shadow of the D1 football stadium the two teams played to a scoreless draw at half. Following a lapse in defensive communication between the two UC San Diego captains, Arizona went up 1-0 off of a weak cross and header connection. UCSD roared right back as Kazu Otani played in Quinn Frantzen, who cut open the Arizona defense like a hot knife through butter, with a well-placed pass to Pepe “MEME” TP who tapped in the orb right in front of the goal. The Tritons secured the win with a bang. Henry “Hot Coffee” Cullen stepped up to take a free kick from 28 yards out. Henry stood over the ball like a more attractive Ronaldo and hit the ball with the finesse of Beckham in his prime. The Tritons held out and secured a 2-1 win against the Wildcats in this friendly scrimmage.
Following a disappointing loss to Cal Poly, the UC San Diego Men’s Club Soccer team rebounded against Cal State Long Beach on November 1st with a convincing 3-0 win. Pepe “El Flaco” Tovar opened the scoring after being played in by Kazu “Andrea” Otani. Tovar turned and was somehow left alone 6 yards from the Long Beach goal. The Spaniard calmly placed the ball into the goal to put UC San Diego up 1-0. UC San Diego went up 2-0 after Garen “League of Legends” Arabian was taken down in the box. Emil Kirov stepped up and blasted the penalty home. The Tritons should have put up another 5 goals on Long Beach in the second half, but sadly the visiting team took their foot off the gas. Kenan Mesic finished the game off with a gorgeous tap at the far post off a corner kick. A 3-0 win ended a bittersweet Regional Tournament because the Tritons did not place high enough to compete in the final. And a special shout out must be given to the defenders, Jonathan “Kevin Garnett” Salmeron, Jaime “The Hulk” Ayala, Henry Cullen, Guhan Sundar, Carl “Chop City” Dyer, Mike “Bonebreaker” Ranis, and our goalkeeper “Big Richard” Vik Renduchintala for the first shutout of the season!
UC San Diego Men’s Club Soccer looked to start off Regionals with a convincing win on Saturday, October 31st, to secure a bid to Nationals. After a tentative opening UC San Diego conceded the first goal of the game as Cal Poly ran down UC San Diego’s left wing and played in a cross which was unfortunately directed into the net by a Cal Poly forward. Coming out of halftime down 1-0 UC San Diego came back ferociously within the first couple of minutes. A tight combination between the three UC San Diego midfielders saw Ethan “The All American” Ham play Quinn “Showtime” Frantzen into the box. Quinn fought off a defender and placed a beautiful ball into the far corner. Now tied 1-1, UC San Diego forgot that there was still 35 minutes left to play and allowed Cal Poly to score 5 goals in the second half. Pepe “Paella” Tovar scored for UC San Diego off of some beautiful one and two touch build-up with the final ball coming from Francisco “Smiles” Salinas. Sadly it was not enough and UC San Diego fell 6-2 to Cal Poly and are no longer undefeated.
by Henry Cullen
A record high attendance of over 150 packed the stands at Warren Field on Friday night as UC San Diego Men’s Club Soccer played host to perennial rivals, San Diego State. The UC/State game is always a highly anticipated match but this season’s was one for the ages.
After a disappointing debut in the West Coast Soccer Association Premier Division last season, UCSD was now poised to secure a first place finish by facing the conference’s only other undefeated team.
San Diego State, led by seniors Ross Holden and Arturo Hoyos, came into the game ranked first in the region after winning the prestigious Aztec Cup last month. Both sides were undoubtedly looking for some closure after a midweek draw at SDSU left all parties wholly unsatisfied. UC San Diego had come from behind to draw level after an early State goal but was unable to finish the job despite having the better chances in the second half.
As UCSD took the field on Friday night, the players were sporting pink tape on their wrists and shin guards in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition, a halftime charity raffle raised over $300 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the crowd was streaked with pink from fans who had joined #pinkout to show their support.
Both sides came out full speed ahead, trying to set the tone for what would be a thrilling match from start to finish. San Diego State had a number of early offensive breakthroughs but the UCSD defense held its ground, anchored by senior captain Henry Cullen and standout new center back, Jaime Ayala. The first half was strewn with hard challenges and near-misses but both teams headed into the break scoreless.
Like their midweek home match, it would be San Diego State who would break the deadlock after a second half corner kick sailed over the UCSD defense and goalkeeper Vik Rendchintala and somehow found its way inside the far post.
Determined to overcome the deficit, UC San Diego kept pressuring SDSU down the flanks until junior captain Quinn Frantzen was brought down on a darting run along the right hand side of State’s defensive end. UCSD loaded the State penalty box with their tallest players as Henry Cullen lined up the free kick delivery. Cullen’s kick floated high above the crowd in the SDSU box and found his fellow center defender Jaime Ayala, who leapt like a young salmon and buried the header in the back of the net.
Unfortunately, it was not long after drawing level that UCSD was hit with a couple of tough blows in the form of injuries to freshman outside back Bailey Marsheck and senior midfielder Adam Zeman, followed by an ejection as senior defender Mike Ranis picked up his second yellow card.
Bolstered by their opponent’s tough breaks and a one man advantage, San Diego State surged forward to steal the three points in the final minutes.
But it was not to be! With the roar of the crowd behind them, UCSD turned back the late SDSU barrage and fashioned a counterattack of their own. Scarcely a minute remained on the clock as junior midfielder Francisco Salinas’ beautifully arching pass found forward Emil Kirov on the left side of the SDSU penalty box. Kirov cut inside and unleashed a powerful right-footed shot that State’s goalkeeper could only grasp at as it sailed into the top corner.
Moments later, the referee’s final whistle sealed this edition of the San Diego Clasico with UCSD victory.
“This game represented our whole season. Battling back from injuries and overcoming obstacles like the early 0-1 and the red card, our team deserved this win,” said Kirov after the game. “And it felt great to share this finale with all the fans.”
“When I saw both of our State games at the end of the schedule, I knew it was going to come down to those last games to decide who wins the conference,” said Captain-turned-Coach Henry Cullen, “I’m so proud of the way our team fought to stay in this game and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”
After finishing the regular season with a match against USD on Sunday, UC San Diego will head to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this weekend for the Regional Championship.
UC San Diego Men’s Club Soccer welcomed UC Riverside to the Sports Deck on Friday night for the second leg of this season’s home and away series. After stealing all three points from UCR last weekend, UC San Diego was eager to repeat the feat in front of the home crowd. However, despite dominating the first half, both teams went into the break scoreless.
UC San Diego seemed to find their stride in the second half with several close chances in the opening minutes. Improved communication and off-the-ball movement helped the San Diego midfield find new player Firas Eid at the top of the Riverside penalty box with time to pick out the bottom corner and give UCSD a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, UC Riverside was able to find a late equalizer after a deflected shot managed to arc over the outstretched arms of Triton goalkeeper, Vik Rendchintala. Disappointed with the draw, UC San Diego vowed to take out their frustration on UC Irvine the following day.
UC San Diego arrived at the Anteater Recreational Center field at UC Irvine with only minutes before kickoff but managed to hold off UCI and finish the first half 1-1 via an opening goal from junior Captain Quinn Frantzen assisted by defender Jonathan Salmeron. The second half saw a reorganized San Diego side take control and seal the victory with goals from Jonathan Clausen and Emil Kirov, both set up by new international signing, Pepe Tovar. UCSD also dominated defensively with standout performances by new defenders Jaime Ayala and Bailey Marsheck.
Undefeated thus far into the season, UC San Diego looks to keep up the momentum as they travel to San Diego State University on Wednesday for what will surely be their toughest test thus far against their perennial rivals.
After collecting three points in Riverside on Saturday, UC San Diego looked to extend their winning streak to three on Sunday morning against UC Irvine on a freshly-lined Warren Field. UC San Diego came out strong and quickly won a penalty kick after Captain Quinn Frantzen was tripped up on a darting run into the UCI penalty box. However, perennial scoring threat Francisco Salinas was unable to convert. UC Irvine was not out of the woods as only minutes later Salinas redeemed himself by coolly finishing a pass from senior midfielder Kazu Otani.
Within the next 10 minutes, UC San Diego tripled their lead with goals from senior striker Emil Kirov and another from Salinas, this time heading home a free kick from Captain Henry Cullen. Kirov returned to the scoresheet later in the half by converting a second Triton penalty kick. Senior Adam Zeman finished off the first half onslaught just before halftime by combining with senior Jonathan Clausen in the UCI penalty area.
Irvine only managed a one goal response after San Diego failed to clear a deep ball from their goal area. A scoreless second half meant the game ended 5-1 in favor of the home side.
UC San Diego will have rematches with both Riverside and Irvine this Friday and Saturday respectively and look to continue this run of form in anticipation of their matches with San Diego State the following week.
In 97 degree heat, UC San Diego Men’s Club Soccer continued its league dominance with a gritty win Saturday against UC Riverside. UCSD came out and created chances from the sound of the first whistle. The break through occurred early in the first half when Quinn “Theo Walcott” Frantzen combined with Francisco Salinas and slotted a goal into the net. Riverside leveled the score to take the teams into halftime tied at 1-1. UCSD opened the scoring in the second half by fighting for a bouncing ball in the box. Quinn Frantzen poked the ball into the top corner from 5 yards out to give UCSD the lead. Jonah “Nah” Gooden came up big and blasted a free kick under the wall and into the goal within minutes to increase UCSD’s lead. Riverside somehow scored another goal, but key defensive substitutions by UCSD allowed them to park the bus and secure the 3-2 victory. UCSD will look to continue their dominance over Riverside when the two teams meet again next week.
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