COLLEGE: USD stuns UCLA, faces L.B.
UCLA rallied for an early deficit and stood one kick from victory, but it wasn't enough Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament.
The second-ranked Bruins' miscues from the penalty spot were deadly, and West Coast Conference co-champion San Diego took advantage to advance to the sweet 16, by a 3-2 tally, following a 1-1 draw.
UCLA (16-1-4) had won 30 successive NCAA tournament home games.
Long Beach State (17-5-1) will be the Toreros' foe in Sunday's third-round clash at UCLA's Drake Field after a 1-0 triumph over Miami in Friday's opener.
Freshman Mariah Butera gave San Diego (12-7-2) a lead less than a minute and a half into the game, and it held off the Bruins until the final minutes. Jenna Richmond's shot off the post in the 80th minute forced overtime, and penalty kicks followed 20 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Both teams missed their first two shots, but Sam Mewis and Charney Burk (Tustin/Foothill HS) connected to give UCLA a 2-1 advantage after four of five shootout rounds. Caprice Dydasco, with a chance to send the Bruins through, missed to start the fifth round, and Stephanie Ochs pulled USD even.
UCLA's Chelsea Stewart missed on the next shot, and the Toreros prevailed when Elissa Magracia converted.
Long Beach State, which last weekend at Pepperdine notched its first NCAA women's soccer victory, won on sophomore left back Kelsey Wilson's 40-yard blast inside the far post with about 10 minutes to go. Miami, which also won its first NCAA game last week, finished 10-8-1.
In other women's action:
- Cal State L.A. (13-4-4) watched its season end on penalties after another defensive battle with California Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Chico State (12-6-5), which won, 4-3, on the eighth round of the shootout following a 0-0 draw. The Wildcats, who beat Cal State L.A. in the CCAA tournament, on Sunday takes on Abilene Christian (20-1-1), which in the first game rallied from a halftime deficit for a 2-1 victory over Dallas Baptist (16-6-1). Ashley Holton's goal six minutes into overtime was the difference.
Redlands' quest for an NCAA Division III title ended at the spot.
Calvin, from Grand Rapids, Mich., converted all five of its penalties to overcome the Bulldogs and advance to an elite-eight showdown Saturday against Texas-Tyler.
The teams battled to a 1-1 draw over 110 minutes, with Redlands (20-3-2), playing at home, rallying from a quick deficit on Nick Eary's goal 99 seconds into the second half. Zach Willis stole a poor pass to give the Knights (17-5-2) a lead after just 24 seconds.
Danny Day, Charles Izydorek (Redlands/Arrowhead Christian Academy) and Jamie Griffin converted their shootout attempts to keep Redlands even through three rounds, but Eary missed on the fourth shot, and Nick Holtrop's finish on the next shot sent Calvin through.
No. 24 Texas-Tyler (18-2-2) won the opener, pulling out a 2-1 victory over Randolph (18-6-0) on Justin Nesmith's goal 88 seconds into overtime.
Redlands 1, (Eary 47) Calvin 1 (Willis 1), OT (Calvin advances on penalties, 5-3)
Texas-Tyler 2 (Almendariz 55, Nesmith 92), Randolph 1 (Gilchrist 37)
Abilene Christian 2 (Carpenter 56, Holton 97), Dallas Baptist 1 (Edwards 43), OT
Cal State L.A. 0, Chico State 0, OT (Chico State advances on penalties, 4-3)
Long Beach State 1 (Wilson 81), Miami 0
UCLA 1 (Richmond 80), San Diego 1 (Butera 2), OT (San Diego advances on penalties, 3-2)