UCI wins Big West women's title

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
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Lexi Kopf scored a hat trick as UC Irvine claimed its second successive Big West Conference women's soccer title in emphatic fashion Sunday, routing visiting UC Riverside, 5-0.

Kopf scored in the 46th, 54th and 90th minutes to lead the 24th-ranked Anteaters (13-3-2), who went 6-1-1 in Big West play to edge Long Beach State by a point. UC Irvine will be home Wednesday against UC Davis in a conference tournament semifinal.

UCLA transfer Natalia Ledezma added a goal and two assists for UCI, which scored three goals in the first 8½ minutes of the second half to turn a tight match into a rout.

Kopf's trio gives her 11 goals this season; Ledezma leads the Anteaters with 12.

UC Riverside closes its season at 8-9-2.

In other women's action:
  • Nadia Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) scored the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, then sent in a cross for Jazz Strozier (Ventura/Buena HS and Ventura College) to finish just 39 seconds later as Long Beach State pulled out a 4-2 victory over visiting Pacific. Link scored twice, her 13th and 14th goals of the season, as the 49ers (13-5-1) finished second in the Big West; they will meet Cal State Northridge in a conference tournament opener Wednesday.
  • Sydney Leroux's 14th goal of the season arrived nearly eight minutes into overtime, lifting No. 6 UCLA (14-1-2) to a 1-0 Pacific 12 Conference victory at Utah.
  • Ashley Freyer tallied in the 59th minute as USC (7-12-0) toppled host Colorado in a Pac-12 game, the Women of Troy's fourth win in their last five games.
  • Lynn Williams and Laura Cole (Whittier/La Habra HS) scored 4½ minutes apart late in the first half as No. 3 Pepperdine (14-1-4) bounced back from Friday's loss to Santa Clara with a 2-1 victory over Portland.
  • Bridgett Miller (Los Angeles/Archer School for Girls) and Margueritte Aozasa scored goals in the first five minutes of the second half as WCC leader Santa Clara pulled away to a 4-0 WCC victory at Loyola Marymount (7-10-2).
  • Marisa Miller and Haley Chee scored their first goals of the season in the first half to lead Cal State Northridge (7-9-2) to a 3-0 nonconference victory over visiting Cal State Bakersfield. The Matadors claimed the No. 3 seed in the Big West tournament.
  • Cal State L.A. transfer Ann Marie Tangorra (Arcadia/Arcadia HS) set up goals by Jennifer Smith (Anaheim/Canyon HS) and Stacey Fox (Simi Valley/Royal HS) to lead Cal State Fullerton (9-8-3) to a 4-1 Big West victory over UC Davis.
  • Norie Pablo, Andrea Lammers (Murrieta/Vista Murrieta HS) and Swedish senior Lisa Ohberg all contributed goals and, No. 19 in the NCAA Division II rankings, romped to a 6-1 triumph at Cal State East Bay. The Golden Eagles will open California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament play Friday against Chico State in Turlock.
  • Jessica Murphy (Torrance/West Torrance HS) scored her 15th goal of the season (and 59th of her college career) to lift Cal State Dominguez Hills (9-8-1) to a 1-0 CCAA victory at Cal State Monterey Bay. If the Toros finish in the top six of the NCAA Division II West Region rankings, they will advance to the NCAA tournament. If not, Murphy closes her career one goal and one point shy of school records.
  • Cal State San Bernardino (9-6-3) closed its season with a 1-1 CCAA draw against San Francisco State, which tallied with five minutes to go to answer a goal by Kristina Gomez (Highland/Arrowhead Christian HS) early in the second half.
  • Cal Poly Pomona (8-6-4) conceded a pair of second-half goals in a 2-0 loss to No. 7 UC San Diego (13-1-4), the CCAA regular-season champion.
MEN: LMU climbs to second in WCC

Craig Nitti scored in overtime and Loyola Marymount climbed into a tie for second place in the West Coast Conference with a 1-0 victory Sunday at San Francisco.

Nitti (Calabasas/Crespi Carmelite HS) headed home a cross from Tyler Krumpe (Torrance/West Torrance HS) 36 seconds into the extra period to lift Loyola Marymount (6-9-1), extending the Lions' unbeaten streak to five games.

Goalkeeper Jack McCormack (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) made nine saves for LMU (4-3-1 WCC), which is tied with USF and San Diego for second place in the West Coast Conference with 13 points, one point behind St. Mary's.

In other men´s action:

Fernando Monge put away the rebound after Victor Chavez (Fontana/A.B. Miller HS) hit the post 12 minutes into overtime, lifting Pac-12 leader UCLA (12-4-1) to a 1-0 win over visiting Oregon State. The Bruins need one point in their final three conference games to clinch the title.
Rosario Bras and Finnish junior Antti Arvila scored goals and added assists as Cal State L.A. (12-1-5) captured the CCAA's South Division title with a 5-1 rout of Cal State East Bay. The Golden Eagles face conference tournament host Cal State Stanislaus in a first-round game Friday.
Julian Garcia (Yucaipa/Yucaipa HS) converted a penalty kick nearly 12 minutes into overtime to lift Cal State San Bernardino (7-9-2) to a 2-1 CCAA victory over San Francisco State.
Cory Wolfrom's first-half penalty kick carried UC San Diego to a 1-0 CCAA win over Cal Poly Pomona (9-7-2), which closed its season with a five-game winless streak.
Cal State Dominguez Hills (11-4-2) limps into the CCAA tournament, where it opens Friday against Chico State, with a 2-0 loss at Cal State Monterey Bay.
Luis Escamilla (Riverside/La Sierra HS) tallied twice to lead La Sierra (11-5-1) to a 3-1 victory at Chapman (11-4-3).

THE SCORES
  • MEN
Sunday
Cal Lutheran 1 (Wagner 73), UC Santa Cruz 3 (Middlemiss 10, Hummel 33, Barbosa 80)
Cal State East Bay 1 (Duenas 55), Cal State L.A. 5 (Bras 5, Arvola pen. 20, Swope 24, Faulkner 37, Payne 80)
Cal State Monterey Bay 2 (Brixey 66, Kochman 88), Cal State Dominguez Hills 0
Cal State San Bernardino 2 (Lopez 55, Garcia 102), San Francisco State 1 (Vitela 61), OT
Chapman 1 (Stoddard 78), La Sierra 3 (Nolan 33, Escamilla 39, 89)
Long Beach State 4 (Link 7, 79, Hubbard 69, Strozier 79), Pacific 2 (Higashino 64, Hogan 73)
San Francisco 0, Loyola Marymount 1 (Nitti 91), OT
UC San Diego 1 (Wolfrom pen. 39), Cal Poly Pomona 0
UC Santa Cruz 1, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 0, OT
UCLA 1 (Monge 103), Oregon State 0, OT

Friday
Bethesda Christian 0, Soka 0, OT
  • WOMEN
Sunday
Cal State East Bay 1 (Falk 57), Cal State L.A. 6 (Pablo 2, Lammers 10, Martin 17, Pickett 33, Ohberg 38, Mendez 83)
Cal State Fullerton 4 (Smith 12, Patterson 26, Fox 28, McCants 44), UC Davis 1 (Dolan 38)
Cal State Monterey Bay 0, Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 (Murphy 65)
Cal State Northridge 3 (Miller 24, Chee 39, Yukihiro 58), Cal State Bakersfield 0
Cal State San Bernardino 1 (Gomez 51), San Francisco State 1 (Kay 86), OT
Colorado 0, USC 1 (Freyer 59)
Loyola Marymount 0, Santa Clara 4 (Shim pen. 30, Miller 47, Aozasa 50, Huerta 65)
Pepperdine 2 (Williams 37, Cole pen. 42), Portland 1 (Capelle 13)
Soka 0, Westminster (Utah) 2
UC Irvine 5 (Ledezma 39, L. Kopf 46, 54, 90, Devine 50), UC Riverside 0
UC San Diego 2 (Hernandez 50, Pozurama 82), Cal Poly Pomona 0
Utah 0, UCLA 1 (Leroux 98), OT

Friday
Bethesda Christian 0, Soka 6

Home teams listed first

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