California rolls past UC-San Diego
Csikos, Young combine for six goals in opening round win
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - California won its opening round match of the NCAA championship, topping UC-San Diego, 13-5. The Golden Bears were led by three goals apiece from junior Emily Csikos and freshman Ashley Young. They also had a pair of goals from juniors Elizabeth McLaren and Katie Monton. Goalies Stephanie Peckham and Lindsay Dorst each recorded seven saves apiece in the victory.
Cal, which has now captured its opening NCAA tournament match for the second consecutive year, improved to 25-4 overall. The Tritons fell to 17-19. The Bears will play the UCLA in the national semifinals on Saturday.
"In the NCAA tournament the first thing you want to do is get that first match over with," said Cal coach Richard Corso, who led the Bears to a third-place NCAA finish last season. "We were able to get ahead early and take control of the contest. With the win, it puts in the final four for the second year in a row. We are in a good situation because we got a chance to play a lot of people, which will help us with our recovery time for tomorrow, and it enabled everyone to get national championship experience. It was real positive for us today."
Young scored the first two goals of the match for Cal and Csikos added two more goals for the Bears in the first period as Corso's squad jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Cal ended up scoring four goals in each of the first three periods and held a 12-4 advantage entering the fourth period. Each team had a goal in the final period for the 13-5 Bear victory. Young now has 40 goals in 29 matches this season.