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Saturday, December 3, 2011
COLLEGE: UCLA returns to final four

By Scott French

UCLA is headed to its 13th NCAA College Cup after Reed Williams' goal in overtime paid back Louisville for last year's quarterfinal thriller.


Williams (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) scored 91 seconds into the second extra period to send the fourth-ranked (but 13th-seeded) Bruins (18-4-1) to next weekend's final four in Hoover, Ala., just outside Birmingham.

They'll face top-seeded North Carolina (20-2-2), a 2-0 winner over St. Mary's (11-7-5), in the semifinals. The other game will pair Sunday's winners, with third-seeded Connecticut (19-3-2) or Charlotte (16-4-2) facing second-seeded Creighton (20-2-0) or seventh-seeded South Florida (13-3-4). The game at Creighton was postponed by snow Saturday.

Williams fired from the top of the box through a thicket of defenders and inside the left post after Patrick Matchett (Laguna Niguel/Dana Hills HS) made a run from midfield, then played a give and go with Ryan Hollingshead on the right flank.

It led to a wild celebration for the Bruins, who watched two two-goal leads slip away and lost, 5-4, to Louisville in the closing seconds of last year's quarterfinal, which was played in a snowstorm.

This time, the conditions were mild -- low 50s drifting into the high 40s -- and UCLA did a superb job of absorbing pressure, pushing forward when the opportunity arrived, then forcing the issue once overtime arrived.

Louisville (14-7-2), which lost to Akron in last year's title game, had the better of the play much of the game but struggled to find chances when i got to the Bruins' box. All-American Chris Rolfe had several opportunities, but he fired high with an open shot in the 16th minute, poked the ball just wide of the right post while battling UCLA goalkeeper Brian Rowe in the 48th, then forced Rowe to parry a blast in the 85th.

That was all Rowe needed to tie a school record with his eighth straight shutout, extending his goal-less streak to 747 minutes, 40 seconds.

UCLA nearly tallied several times. A Fernando Monge header from a long throw-in by Joe Sofia (Dove Canyon/Mission Viejo HS) forced an early save from Cardinals goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux, who also made big stops on Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) in the 75th minute and, with a diving save, on Williams' header just a minute before the goal.

In other men's action:

In women's action:

Bernadette Witz (Temecula/Temecula Valley HS) scored just before halftime and again midway through the second half as Cal Baptist (18-2-1) rallied from an early deficit to beat Trinity International (Ill.), 2-1, and win the NCCAA championship in Kissimmee, Fla. The Lancers outshot TIU, 22-2, and took 14 corner kicks to none for their foe, but they were behind after Kelly Streekstra's long-distance drive in the 17th minute. Witz scored from a feed by Channing Perea (Riverside/Riverside Poly HS)'s feed to tie the score and from tournament MVP Fabiola da Silva's pass to net the winner.

THE SCORES

Saturday
Cal Baptist 2 (Salazar 18, 81), Geneva 1 (McCracken 54)
Louisville 0, UCLA 1 (Williams 102), OT

Saturday
Cal Baptist 2 (Witz 43, 69), Trinity International 1 (Streekstra 17)

Home teams listed first

NCAA TOURNAMENTS




Division I
Quarterfinals (Saturday)

North Carolina 2, St. Mary's 0
UCLA 1, Louisville 0, OT
South Florida at Creighton, ppd., snow
Quarterfinals (Sunday)
Charlotte (16-4-2) at Connecticut (19-3-2)
South Florida (13-3-4) at Creighton (20-2-0)
Semifinals (Friday at Hoover, Ala.)
North Carolina (20-2-2) vs. UCLA (18-4-1)
South Florida/Creighton vs. Charlotte/Connecticut

Division II
Final (Saturday at Pensacola, Fla.)
Fort Lewis, Colo. 3, Lynn, Fla. 2, OT

Division III
Final (Sunday at San Antonio)
Ohio Wesleyan (22-2-0) vs. Calvin, Mich. (19-5-2)

Division I
Final (Sunday at Kennesaw, Ga.)
Stanford (24-0-1) vs. Duke (22-3-1)

Division II
Final (Saturday at Pensacola, Fla.)
St. Rose, N.Y. 2, Grand Valley State, Mich. 1

Division III
Final (Sunday at San Antonio)
Wheaton, Ill. (23-1-2) vs. Messiah, Pa. (21-0-1)

NAIA TOURNAMENTS




Final (Saturday at Orange Beach, Ala.)
Lindsey Wilson, Ky. 3, Hastings, Neb. 2

Final (Saturday at Decatur, Ala.)
Lee, Tenn. 3, Concordia, Ore. 0

NCCAA TOURNAMENTS




Finals (Saturday at Kissimmee, Fla.)
First:
Cal Baptist 2, Geneva, Pa. 1
Third: Cedarville, Ohio 1, Judson, Ill. 1, OT (Cedarville wins on penalties, 4-3)
Fifth: Palm Beach Atlantic, Fla. 1, Oakland City, Ind. 1, OT (Palm Beach Atlantic wins on penalties, 4-2)
Seventh: Grace, Ind. 3, Southwestern Assemblies of God, Texas 2

Finals (Saturday at Kissimmee, Fla.)
First:
Cal Baptist 2, Trinity International, Ill. 1
Third: Mount Vernon Nazarene, Ohio 2, Asbury, Ky. 0
Fifth: Grace, Ind. 2, Colorado Christian 1
Seventh: Oklahoma Wesleyan 2, Truett McConnell, Ga. 2