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San Diego State University’s Independent Student Newspaper Since 1913

The Daily Aztec

Trevithick’s career night pushes women’s soccer past UCSD 3-2

The Aztecs forward scored two goals, including the match-winner and dished an assist as SDSU improved to 2-0-2 all time against Tritons
Christie Yeung
San Diego State forward Kali Trevithick leads an attack against UC San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 7, at Triton Soccer Stadium. She was involved in all three Aztecs’ goals, scoring two and assisting on one.

LA JOLLA, Calif. — For forward Kali Trevithick, it was the first soccer match she had played without braces on her knees since her sophomore year in college.

So to celebrate, she put a brace in the scorebook, netting her first two goals in Scarlet and Black as San Diego State (4-2-1) held off a second half rally by host UC San Diego for a 3-2 win on Thursday night at Triton Soccer Stadium.

“I think I was just playing a little bit freer today and our team, our movement and everything was finally like clicking coming together,” the graduate transfer from UCLA said. “I’ve been adapting, they’ve been adapting to me and we’re finally connecting and it was working tonight.”

Trevithick scored the match opener as well as the ultimate match winner, and made the key switch pass across the box to assist on the second SDSU goal. Her five point night was a new personal NCAA career high, and the most in a game by an Aztec since Emma Gaines-Ramos had two goals and an assist against Idaho in the 2022 home opener.

“I think (Kali has) done a really good job of listening and asking questions and finding the right mentality and right spots,” said head coach Mike Friesen.

“Tonight she was unbelievable, she was great on the ball. The goals, obviously she contributed too, but just the general play, her defending effort, picking up balls in great spots in the first half and changing the point of attack (by) slipping people in.”

UCSD (1-3-2) had the first great scoring chances of the game just over ten minutes in, with goalkeeper Alexa Madueno coming up big on both looks in quick succession.

First, Madueno parried aside a well-struck shot by Triton forward Lizzy Teran from just beyond the penalty spot, then she recovered to deny the rebound opportunity from the near post by midfielder Courtney Hilliard.

On the next push up the pitch, Gaines-Ramos left a pass for Trevithick at the top right corner of the 18-yard box. The forward then dribbled across the top and fired back post, rolling the against-the-grain shot home along the ground past the diving effort of goalkeeper Keara Fitzgerald for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.

Chaos in front of UC San Diego’s goal but San Diego State couldn’t take advantage of the situation to score at Triton Soccer Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 7. (Christie Yeung)

Defender Trinity Coker doubled the Aztecs’ delight in the 29th minute as she took a curled delivery over the top to just outside the near corner of the box and unleashed a left-footed smash that went bar-down for a 2-0 lead they would take into halftime. It was the first goal of the season scored by an SDSU defender.

“Trinity had a great game as well, you know, especially getting into the attack where she can just be so dangerous,” Friesen said. ”The goal was amazing… not just the finish but the first touch, the ball was fired at her to bring that down on one touch and then hit basically a little half volley.”

The Tritons refused to go quietly, building momentum off a push that began with just over 20 minutes played in the second half. Madueno made her third save of the match, then UCSD had a scoring play wiped away by an offside, before finally defender Talisa Lin converted on a free kick from the top of the box in the 72nd minute.

SDSU responded swiftly, as forward Dori Savage drew a free kick from just beyond the left side of the Triton box four minutes later. Trevithick put her laces through it to the top corner far post to push the lead out to 3-1.

Midfielder Sarah Kowack brought the hosts back within one in the 86th minute, but the Aztecs saw the result out the rest of the way.

“I feel like we finally came out strong and might have faded in the end, but we’ve got to just come out strong next time and keep it till the end,” Trevithick said. “It’s a good, good away win. Every win is a good win. We celebrate that, and we’re ready for the next one.”

The Aztecs have won back-to-back matches since falling at No. 17 Washington State on Aug. 31. Their next match will take place at Snapdragon Stadium against University of San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. to close out the non-conference slate.

Friesen hopes that fans and the San Diego community can come support the special night at Snapdragon Stadium.

“It’s a big game for us too and we want to make sure that we’re heading into conference with another win,” he said.

About the Contributors
Eric Evelhoch
Eric Evelhoch, '23-24 Sports Editor
Eric Evelhoch (he/him/his) is a senior media studies major who was born outside of Detroit, Michigan, and lived in Ventura County, California, for a decade-plus. He is a returning college student and transfer from Santa Barbara City College, where he served as Sports Editor for The Channels. Evelhoch is also a Sports Director for KCR College Radio, where he restarted play-by-play coverage post-pandemic. Currently, he serves as the play-by-play broadcaster for the SDSU ACHA DI hockey team and has filled in on the call for Aztecs sports on the Mountain West Network. His prior freelance experience includes print, digital, online video and audio-only, and broadcast radio formats covering football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and volleyball.
Christie Yeung, '24-25 News Editor
Born in Hong Kong, Christie Yeung is a first-generation transfer student who majors in journalism at San Diego State University. Prior to arriving at SDSU, she served as the Gaming/Tech Editor, Features Editor and Managing Editor of SAC Media at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California where she was placed in on-the-spot competitions such as fourth in News photo, second in Portrait photo, first in Sports photo, first in Social Media and second in News writing, along with a meritorious mention in the Enterprise News Story/Series category from Journalism Association of Community Colleges. She was also awarded second in Best Breaking News Stories by the California College Media Association. During her free time, she likes to watch European soccer games, read, listen to Cantonese-pop music and play video games and Dungeons & Dragons with her online friends. She also has a sweet tooth and cannot turn away anything with Nutella in it.