Dec. 2, 2010

Courtesy of Dan Pickle

LOUISVILLLE, Ky. - In a game of two halves, 12th-ranked UC San Diego upended top-ranked Saint Rose, 1-0, Thursday in the second semifinal of the NCAA Division II Womens Soccer National Championship.

UC San Diego forward Annette Ilg broke a scoreless tie in the 56th minute as she bumped a feed from a Sarah McTigue free kick just past diving goalkeeper Deanna Esposito. McTigue placed the perfect ball 12 feet in front of the net to assist on the game-winning strike.

The goal for Ilg was her team-best 11th on the season. McTigue tallied her third assist on the play.

The Tritons (19-2-3) were outshot 9-1 in the first half of the contest but managed to steal the momentum in the second half with consistent pressure on the Golden Knights (21-1-0). Saint Rose, however, finished with an 11-5 shot advantage.
Goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong provided the defensive base for the Tritons with three saves in the first half. The Tritons defense tightened in the second half and did not allow a shot on goal.

The Tritons goal was just the fifth goal surrendered by Esposito, who entered the match leading the nation in goals-against average and save percentage.

UC San Diego will face Grand Valley State in the championship at 3 p.m. ET Saturday.