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La Jolla, California - The ninth-ranked University of California San Diego women's soccer team won its ninth straight contest on Senior Day Sunday at Triton Soccer Stadium, 2-0 over Cal State Dominguez Hills.

UC San Diego improved to 12-2 overall and a still-perfect 8-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The last six decisions in this lengthy run have all now come in shutout fashion. The Tritons stay three points clear of second-place reigning regular-season champion Sonoma State atop the table. CSUDH fell to 7-6 overall and an even 4-4 in the conference, taking a fourth successive defeat, all on the road, after an impressive 4-0 CCAA start.

Redshirt freshman holding central midfielder Natalie Saddic (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS), a first-year transfer from UC Davis, opened the scoring with her first collegiate tally, getting her foot around the near post to a left-sided corner kick by senior teammate Kiera Bocchino in the 17th minute, and finding the near netting.

Junior striker Katie O'Laughlin (Carlsbad/Pacific Ridge School) made it rather-insurmountable 2-0 in the second half, finishing off a movement from sophomore strike partner Mary Reilly (Chula Vista/Hilltop HS). Reilly stole a short clearance attempt on the right side, rounded her defender, and crossed the ball. O'Laughlin was camped out in the middle, right on the edge of the six-yard box, and gently headed into the bottom left corner for her CCAA- and West Region-leading 12th.

Bocchino and Reilly now have three and a team-best nine assists, respectively.

Senior Itzel Gonzalez posted her CCAA-leading 10th individual clean sheet in the Triton goal.

Bocchino, fellow senior co-captain Meghan Berry (Austin, Texas/San Diego Miramar College/Mt. Carmel HS), Gonzalez, and fourth-year Tritons Jamie Benedetto and Kristen Sampietro were recognized prior to their final regular-season home contest.

UC San Diego flies to the Bay Area for a second time this month, in the coming week, and await a rematch in primetime this Friday night, Oct. 21, with Stanislaus State, whom the Tritons beat 3-2 in the 2015 CCAA Tournament final in Pomona.