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COLLEGE: Jacobo paces Northridge

10/22/2011

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cynthia Jacobo was Goalkeeper of the Year in the USL W-League last summer, anchoring the defense for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat, who might have soared to the championship had injuries not decimated their lineup. She's following up with a superb junior season at Cal State Northridge, and her exceptional play led the surprising Matadors -- Big West Conference co-leaders with UC Irvine -- to 1-0 victories over Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton.

Local conference Players of the Week:

Big West Conference (NCAA Division I)

Men: Defensive --
UC Davis' Omar Zeenni (Arcadia/Crespi Carmelite HS)

Women: Offensive -- UC Irvine's Natalia Ledezma (La Mirada/La Mirada HS and UCLA); Defensive -- Cal State Northridge's Cynthia Jacobo (Granada Hills/Granada Hills HS)

West Coast Conference (NCAA Division I)

Men:
Loyola Marymount's Artur Jozkowicz (Santa Monica/Santa Monica HS)

California Collegiate Athletic Assoiation (NCAA Division II)

Men:
Cal State Dominguez Hills' Miguel Vazquez (Murrieta/Murrieta Valley HS)

Women: Cal State San Bernardino's Chelsea Jones (Hesperia/Sultana HS)

Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA)

Men: Offensive --
Hope International's Matthew Howard (Temecula/Great Oak HS); Defensive -- Azusa Pacific's Lucas Young

Women: Defensive -- Biola's Erin Frushon

RANKINGS: The L.A. area's big three soccer schools? According to the rankings, it's UCLA (duh!), Azusa Pacific (duh!) and Irvine's Concordia (hmmm). All three schools are ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America men's and women's polls -- the Bruins in NCAA Division I, of course, and APU and Concordia in the NAIA.

Here's a list of local teams in the NSCAA rankings:

DIVISION I

Men

7. UC Irvine

8. UCLA

16. UC Santa Barbara

Nos. 1-3: Connecticut, North Carolina and Maryland

Women

4. Pepperdine

7. UCLA

Receiving votes: UC Irvine

Nos. 1-3: Stanford, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest

DIVISION II

Men

16. Cal State Dominguez Hills

Nos. 1-3: Simon Fraser (B.C.), Franklin Pierce (N.H.) and Fort Lewis (Colo.)

Women

20. Cal State L.A.

Receiving votes: Cal Baptist

Nos. 1-3: Bridgeport (Conn.), Abilene (Texas) Christian and Grand Valley State (Mich.)

DIVISION III

Men

Receiving votes:
Redlands

Nos. 1-3: St. Lawrence (N.Y.), Messiah (Pa.) and Christopher Newport (Va.)

Women

11. Cal Lutheran

Nos. 1-3: Messiah (Pa.), William Smith (N.Y.) and Trinity (Texas)

NAIA

Men

11. Azusa Pacific

13. Concordia

22. Vanguard

Receiving votes: The Master's

Nos. 1-3: Hastings (Neb.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Rio Grande (Ohio)

Women

6. Azusa Pacific

14. Concordia

24. The Master's

Receiving votes: Vanguard

Nos. 1-3: Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Lee (Tenn.) and Concordia (Ore.)