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Monday, October 24, 2011
COLLEGE: UCI routs CSUN in showdown

By Scott French

Natalia Ledezma netted a hat trick and UC Irvine took a huge step toward successive Big West Conference regular-season titles Sunday afternoon, romping to a 4-0 victory in a first-place showdown at Cal State Northridge.


Ledezma (La Mirada/La Mirada HS), a sophomore transfer from UCLA, followed a third-minute own goal with strikes in the 11th, 66th and 77th minutes as the Anteaters (12-3-2) improved to 5-1-1 in the Big West. Ledezma, who netted the first hat trick for UCI in 15 years, has 11 goals this season.

Northridge (6-8-2), a surprise contender for the conference title, fell to 4-2-1 in conference play. UC Davis (4-1-1) and Long Beach State (4-2) also are in the battle for the conference title.

Irvine and Northridge each have one conference match remaining.

In other women's action:

MEN: Cal State L.A. wins CCAA showdown

Nicolas Assad and Rosario Bras scored second-half goals as Cal State L.A. toppled one of its rivals for the California Collegiate Athletic Association crown, pulling out a 2-1 victory over visiting Cal Poly Pomona.

Assad (Winnetka/El Camino Real HS and Moorpark College) broke a scoreless draw in the 63rd minute, and Bras finished a sequence nine minutes later with his ninth goal of the season for the Golden Eagles.

Cal State L.A. (10-1-5) shares the CCAA South Division lead with Cal State Dominguez Hills, at 29 points, with two conference games remaining. Cal State L.A. is 8-1-5 in CCAA play, and Dominguez Hills is 9-3-2. Pomona dropped to 8-4-2.

Sean Gurley halved the deficit for the Broncos (9-5-2) with 98 seconds remaining.

In other men's action:

THE SCORES

Sunday
Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 (Brandt 82), San Francisco State 0
Cal State L.A. 2 (Assad 63, Bras 73), Cal Poly Pomona 1 (Gurley 89)
Cal State San Bernardino 0, Humboldt State 1 (Powell 90)
La Sierra 1, Marymount 1, OT
Soka 1 (Tanaka 83), Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 6 (own goal 8, Holt 33, Xavier 35, Browne 59, Winchell 77, Palmer 85)

Sunday
Cal State Dominguez Hills 6 (Murphy 11, 16, 22, 51, 56, Poole 69), San Francisco State 2 (Williams 69, 87)
Cal State L.A. 1 (Segall 6), Cal Poly Pomona 1 (Rivera 68), OT
Cal State Northridge 0, UC Irvine 4 (og Norton 3, Ledezma 11, 66, 77)
Cal State San Bernardino 2 (Carmona pen. 80, 85), Humboldt State 1 (Christensen 50)
San Diego 2 (Housley 10, 86), Loyola Marymount 1 (Maletis 20)
Soka 0, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 2 (Anderson 6, Frazier 85)
St. Mary's 1 (Marada 86), Pepperdine 2 (Cole 17, LeCave 35)
UC Riverside 1 (Brumbaugh 3), Cal State Fullerton 1 (Fox 37), OT
UCLA 2 (Stewart 28, Richmond 35), Arizona State 0
USC 1 (Eddy 60), Arizona 0

Home teams listed first