COLLEGE: APU romps into NAIA semifinals
Brittany Flanagan scored one goal and set up another Thursday as third-seeded Azusa Pacific romped into a semifinal showdown with two-time defending champion Lee University by dominating Golden State Athletic Conference rival Cal Baptist, 3-0, in the NAIA women's tournament in Decatur, Ala.
Flanagan fed Kelsey Walker in the 23rd minute, then scored off a free kick in the 70th for the Cougars (19-1-2), who are making their ninth trip to the final four and seeking their second national title. APU won the NAIA title in 1998 and was runner-up in 2002, 2006 and 2007.
Jacqueline Conforto also tallied for Azusa Pacific, which takes a nine-game winning streak -- seven by shutout -- into Friday's semifinal with second-seeded Lee (20-2-1), from Cleveland, Tenn. The Cougars won a Sept. 18 meeting in Tennessee, 2-1.
Cal Baptist, from Riverside, finishes 15-6-2.Unseeded Baker (14-5-4), from Baldwin City, Kan., and Hastings (Neb.) College (16-4-3) face off in the other semifinal.
ANOTHER LOSS: A poor start and a bad finish cost Fullerton's Hope International (10-10-1) in its second game at the National Christian College Athletic Association men's tournament in Kissimmee, Fla. Campbellsville (Ky.) University (18-6-0) went ahead just 61 seconds into the consolation semifinal and prevailed on Casey Clarks' goal nearly 15 minutes into overtime.
Perris Rowan scored in the 49th minute for the Royals, who benefited from eight saves by goalkeeper Tyler Golden (Fullerton/El Dorado HS) as their game was disrupted by 26 Campbellsville fouls. HIU will meet Roberts Wesleyan (9-11-3), from Rochester, N.Y., in Saturday's seventh-place game.
UCSD PLAYS FOR TITLE: Annette Ilg's 11th goal of the season sent UC San Diego past top-ranked St. Rose of Albany, N.Y., 1-0, in an NCAA Division II women's semifinal in Louisville, Ky. The Tritons (19-2-3), who are unbeaten in their last 19 games, will meet defending champion Grand Valley State (21-1-2), from Allendale, Mich., in Saturday's final.
UCSD has won seven NCAA women's soccer titles, the most recent in 2001.
Ilg scored in the 56th minute from a free kick by Sarah McTigue (Bellflower/Valley Christian HS) as the Tritons, outshot, 9-1, in the first half, took command in the second half. St. Rose finished 23-1-1.