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Monday, September 12, 2011
COLLEGE: UC Irvine's start sets a record

By Scott French

UC Irvine had final-four aims a year ago, when head coach George Kuntz's talented, senior-heavy team climbed into the top 10 before an upset loss to Cal State Fullerton in the conference tournament and a poor RPI kept it out of the NCAA tournament, one of the most stunning omissions we've seen in the men's soccer brackets.


Expectations this fall aren't so towering. The Anteaters were picked fourth in the Big West Conference's preseason coaches poll, behind UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly and Fullerton.

Might want to rethink that.

Irvine is off to a 6-0-0 start for the first time in school history after rallying twice from first-half deficits, then pulling away to a 4-2 non-conference victory Sunday at Midwest power Illinois-Chicago.

Enrique Cardenas (Coachella/Coachella Valley HS) scored in the 58th minute and Christopher Santana in the 77th to lift the Anteaters, who are No. 9 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America men's Division I rankings.

UIC (2-1-2) went ahead twice, on goals off corner kicks by Zach Kaleta in the fourth minute and Craig Krzyskowski in the 22nd, but UCI answered immediately both times, through Christian Hernandez (Palmdale/Palmdale HS) in the 13th and Jonathan Rivas (Norwalk/Santa Fe HS and Cerritos College) in the 24th.

In other men's action:

WOMEN: USC falls again in its tournament


Streaky USC followed a three-game losing streak to start the season with three successive women's soccer victories. Things have turned sour again for the Women of Troy.

A first-half goal by Autumn Altamirano (Tustin/Beckman HS) wasn't enough in a 2-1 overtime loss to Texas in the finale of the Trojan Invitational at McAllister Park, USC´s second successive loss to a Big 12 Conference foe.

Lexi Harris scored in the 80th minute to force overtime, and Vanessa Ibewiuke tallied 12 minutes into overtime to lift the Longhorns (6-2-0). USC is 3-5-0.

Fourth-ranked Oklahoma State won the tournament, holding off San Diego, 2-1, in the first game.

In other women's action:

THE SCORES

Sunday
Cal Lutheran 1 (Kuntz 67), Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 2 (Lilly 5, 96), OT
Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 (Rover 65), Cal State L.A. 1 (Bras 52), OT
Cal State Fullerton 2 (Escalante 40, Posthuma 51), San Francisco 0
Cal State San Bernardino 1 (Esqueda 41), UC San Diego 2 (Portela 54, Valenciano 56)
Ill.-Chicago 2 (Kaleta 4, Krzyskowski 22), UC Irvine 4 (Hernandez 12, Rivas 24, Cardenas 58, Santana 77)
New Mexico 3 (Venter 84, Sandoval 85, Smith 86), Cal State Northridge 1 (Villalobos 35)
Redlands 0, Chapman 1 (Echeverry 110), OT
San Francisco State 0, Cal Poly Pomona 1 (Gomez 16)
Soka 1 (Takahata 58), Westminster (Utah) 2 (Sellis pen. 32, Peabody 88)
UC Riverside 1 (Diaz Pizzaro 71), St. Mary´s 0
UC Santa Barbara 0, Villanova 0, OT
UCLA 2 (Lee 13, Hoffman 27), Loyola Marymount 1 (Jozkowicz 52)
Whitworth (Wash.) 1 (Coxe 80), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2 (Bernstein 4, Bishop 90)

Sunday
Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 (Murphy 3), Cal State L.A. 0
Cal State Fullerton 1 (Smith 110), Columbia 0, OT
Cal State San Bernardino 1 (Wilding 23), UC San Diego 1 (Callahan 50), OT
Chapman 3 (Sobol 5, Do 48, Evans 54), Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 0
Dayton 1 (Williams 11), Cal State Northridge 0
Lewis & Clark (Ore.) 0, La Verne 0, OT
Loyola Marymount 1 (Sanford 10), SMU 0
LSU 1 (Arlitt 60), Pepperdine 1 (Cole 56), OT
Occidental 1 (Minamishin 25), Willamette (Ore.) 2 (Wetzel 11, Rowan 39)
San Diego 1 (Garcia 66), Oklahoma State 2 (Marchesano 58, Treadwell 70)
San Diego State 1 (Keane 70), Long Beach State 1 (Sweetman 53), OT
San Francisco State 0, Cal Poly Pomona 0, OT
Soka 9 (Barclay 14, Orui 18, Crickmar 28, Conrad 32, McClanahan 40, Vasquez 53, 65, 90, Okazaki 66), Mills 0
Stanford 2 (Ubogagu 71, Noyola 72), UC Irvine 0
UC Riverside 0, Virginia Commonwealth 1 (Johansen 102)
UCLA 4 (Leroux 7, 58, Mewis 65, Courtnall 67), Fresno State 1 (Kret 42)
USC 1 (Altamirano 34), Texas 2 (Harris 80, Ibewuike 103), OT
Warner (Fla.) 0, Concordia 7 (Kortizija 5, Lopez 8, Vaughn 21, 25, 42, Hook 31, Prindible 84)