Saturday, November 5, 2011
COLLEGE: Pepperdine snares WCC crown
By Scott French
Pepperdine romped past San Francisco in its West Coast Conference women's soccer finale, a not-unexpected outcome, but the more meaningful action was taking place about 125 miles to the south.
The eighth-ranked Waves (15-1-4) claimed their first conference title since 2002 when San Diego routed Santa Clara, 3-0, knocking the seventh-ranked Broncos from the top spot they wrested last weekend from Pepperdine.
San Diego (12-7-0), which was led by three Stephanie Ochs assists, also claimed a share of the crown, but Pepperdine wins the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament after beating the Toreros last month.
Santa Clara (13-2-5) fell to 6-1-1 in WCC play; USD and Pepperdine finished 7-1.
The Waves scored a 4-0 victory over San Francisco in Malibu, with Laura Cole (Whittier/La Habra HS) and Amanda LeCave scoring first-half goals and Karissa Garcia and Michelle Pao tallying after halftime.
In other women's action:
- Sydney Leroux scored her 15th and 16th goals and assisted two by freshman Sam Mewis as fourth-ranked UCLA (15-1-3) romped to a 5-2 win over USC (7-13-0) in front of 3,826 at Drake Stadium. Zakiya Bywaters had three assists for the Bruins, who finished second to Stanford in the Pacific 12 Conference.
- Heidi Witschi and Natalie Sun scored first-half goals to lead Azusa Pacific (13-2-1), ranked fourth in NAIA, to a 2-1 victory over The Master's (10-9-1) in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.
- Gina Shulte's goal 6½ minutes into overtime led fifth-ranked Point Loma Nazarene (18-1-1), the No. 1 seed, to a 1-0 win over Westmont in a GSAC tournament semifinal. The Sea Lions, from San Diego, will be home against APU in next Friday's final.
- Shelby Dunlap's goal three minutes into the second half lifted Chico State (11-5-3), the California Collegiate Athletic Association's North Division titlists, to a 1-0 win over Cal State L.A. (12-4-3), ranked 18th in NCAA Division II, in the CCAA tournament semifinals in Turlock. Tournament host Cal State Stanislaus (10-4-5) stunned No. 7 UC San Diego (13-2-4), the South Division winner, with Karenee Demery scoring and assisting goals in a 2-1 victory. The final is Sunday.
MEN: UCLA wins Pac-12 title
A win Sunday over Stanford will complete a perfect Pacific 12 Conference season for UCLA, which clinched its third conference title in four years with a 2-0 triumph at Cal.
The eighth-ranked Bruins (13-4-1) improved to 9-0 in Pac-12 play behind a defensive effort that denied the struggling Bears a shot on goal.
Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) scored in the 37th minute and Chandler Hoffman scored his team-best 14th goal of the season with 87 seconds to go.
In other men's action:
- Ricardo Carrillo tallied twice to lead Portland (9-6-2) to a 3-1 West Coast Conference victory at Loyola Marymount (6-10-1), ending the Lions' five-game unbeaten streak. Galaxy academy product Dylan Seedman (Laguna Niguel/JSerra HS) scored for LMU.
- Sam Garza scored 13 seconds into the second half, and Luis Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) netted his 15th goal of the season as No. 17 UC Santa Barbara (13-5-1) beat Cal Poly, 2-0, in front of 13,822 at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos wrapped their Big West Conference schedule in second place but will fall to third if UC Davis beats UC Riverside on Saturday.
- Sergio Cedano (Los Angeles/Palmdale HS) scored in the 86th minute to lift Cal State L.A. (13-1-5) to a 2-1 victory over host Cal State Stanislaus (11-6-2) in a CCAA tournament semifinal. Jason Swope also tallied for the Golden Eagles, who played with 10 men after leading scorer Rosario Bras was red-carded in the 37th minute. Bras will miss Sunday's final against Chico State.
- Chris Akwaja tallied twice as No. 15 Chico State (13-3-3), seeded first, pulled away to a 3-0 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-5-2) in a CCAA tournament semifinal.
Cal State Stanislaus 1 (Alvarez 68), Cal State L.A. 2 (Swope 25, Cedano 86)
California 0, UCLA 2 (Arreola 37, Hoffman 89)
Chico State 3 (Miranda 54, Akwaja 65, 89), Cal State Dominguez Hills 0
Loyola Marymount 1 (Seedman 27), Portland 3 (Carrillo 13, 75, Evans pen. 58)
UC Santa Barbara 2 (Garza 46, Silva 78), Cal Poly 0
Azusa Pacific 2 (Witschi 8, Sun 27), The Master's 1 (Richards 79)
Cal State L.A. 0, Chico State 1 (Dunlap 48)
Cal State Stanislaus 2 (Scherrer 18, Demery 41), UC San Diego 1 (McTigue 85)
Pepperdine 4 (Cole 19, LeCave 40, Garcia 55, Pao 89), San Francisco 0
Point Loma Nazarene 1 (Shulte 97), Westmont 0, OT
UCLA 5 (Leroux 21, 54, Mewis 29, 57, Courtnall 34), USC 2 (Johnson 47, Noriega 82)
Home teams listed first