Los Angeles Soccer: Abby Dahlkemper

Corona's Munerlyn lifts U.S. to title

May, 12, 2012
Corona's Amber Munerlyn scored the lone goal Saturday night to lead the U.S. past Canada in the championship game in CONCACAF's U-17 women's championship in Guatemala City.

Munerlyn (Santiago HS/So Cal Blues) scored on a 21st-minute breakaway for the Americans, who outscored five foes, 26-0, dominating every foe except the Canadians.

The U.S. and Canada advanced to the Sept. 22-Oct. 3 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan with semifinal victories Thursday.

Munerlyn made just two appearances in the Americans' five games, and she wasn't included in the 18-player game roster for the first two games, routs of the Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago.

Newport Beach's Maddie Bauer (Mater Dei HS/Slammers FC) played every minute of the tournament for the U.S. on the backline.

The U.S. outshot its opponents, 131-25, with big advantages in shots on goal (69-8) and corner kicks (33-12). Canada outshot the U.S., 13-10, and took seven corners to the Americans' three.

Summer Green, a high school junior from Milford, Mich., who set up Munerlyn's goal, broke the CONCACAF scoring record with 12 goals (plus four assists) in five games. She had three hat tricks, with five goals against the Bahamas.

LOCALS WITH U-23S: The U.S. under-23 women's national team opens a weeklong camp Sunday at Home Depot Center, and University of Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum has included seven local players on his roster:
  • D Lauren Barnes (Upland), Upland HS/UCLA, Beach FC
  • G Colleen Boyd (La Cañada Flintridge), La Cañada HS/Oregon State, Western New York Flash
  • D Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park), UCLA
  • D Camille Levin (Newport Coast), Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School/Stanford, Pali Blues
  • F Nadia Link (Rowland Heights), Walnut HS/Long Beach State, Santa Clarita Blue Heat
  • D Taylor Lytle (Las Cruces, N.M.), Texas Tech, Pali Blues
  • M Mariah Nogueira (Westminster), Marina HS/Stanford

COLLEGE: Our all-area teams

December, 25, 2011

UCLA's Chandler Hoffman scored goals by the bunches on a quest to go home. Nadia Link netted nearly as many to take Long Beach State to unprecedented heights. Christian Ramirez dazzled for Concordia. And Fabiola da Silva prodded Cal Baptist to a national championship.

Fabiola Da Silva
Rachel McDaniel/CBU SportsBrazilian midfielder Fabiola da Silva led Cal Baptist to the NCCAA national title.

They're ESPN Los Angeles College Players of the Year after superb fall campaigns on local fields.

We selected men's and women's teams, one for players from 10 local NCAA Division I institutions and another for players from 24 NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and unaffiliated schools.

Our coaches of the year in Division I are Junior Gonzalez, who led the remarkable turnaround by UC Riverside's men, and Tim Ward, whose Pepperdine women were a top-five team during the regular season. In the lower divisions, it's Ralph Perez, who took Redlands' men to 20 wins and NCAA Division III third-round berth, and Kristen St. Clair, who presided over a superb transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, with the Pacific West Conference title and National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Division I national crown.

The freshmen of the year: Cal State Northridge's Edwin Rivas and UCLA's Abby Dahlkemper in D1, Cal Baptist's Michael Salazar and Cal Lutheran's Taylor Will in D2/D3/NAIA.

Here are our inaugural postseason all-star teams:

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COLLEGE: 11 locals are All-Americans

December, 9, 2011

UC Irvine's Miguel Ibarra and UC Santa Barbara's Luis Silva, two of the nation's finest collegiate midfielders, were honored Friday as first-team Division I All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

UCLA's Sydney Leroux was a first-team women's selection as 11 local players received All-America acclaim and 39 collected all-region honors.

Stanford's Camille Levin, from Newport Coast (Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School), also was a first-team women's choice

Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS), a junior, led Big West champion UCI with nine goals along with eight assists. Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) scored 17 goals with 10 assists for the Gauchos.

UCLA goalkeeper Brian Rowe and Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez (Los Angeles/Salsian HS) were second-team selections, and UCLA forward Chandler Hoffman and Cal State Bakersfield forward Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS) were chosen for the third-team.

Ibarra, Silva and Rowe have been invited to Major League Soccer's predraft combine next month in Florida.

UC Irvine defender CoCo Goodson and Pepperdine defender Michelle Pao are second-team women's selections, and UCLA freshman defender Abby Dahlkemper is a third-teamer.

Below are lists of local players selected to All-America and all-region teams:

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COLLEGE: USC strikes early for first win

August, 28, 2011
USC's season-starting skid in women's soccer is done, thanks to two quick goals Sunday to beat Pacific at the University of San Diego's tournament.

Elizabeth Eddy (Newport Beach/Newport Harbor HS) struck just 3½ minutes in and Brittany Kerridge converted a penalty kick just 106 seconds later to send the Women of Troy (1-3-0) to a 2-1 victory at Torero Stadium.

Pacific (1-2-0) halved the deficit with two minutes to go on Angelica Figueroa's penalty kick following a hand ball.

“We knew that we needed to get our confidence up -- we knew we needed to come out and get it done,” Kerridge, who leads USC with two goals and two assists, said on a video posted on her school's athletics website. “It wasn't the prettiest soccer, like we have been playing, but we got the job done, and that's all that matters.”

In other women's action:
  • All-American Sydney Leroux's scoring streak hit three games as No. 15 UCLA (4-0-0) won Tennessee's tournament with a 2-0 triumph over eighth-ranked Florida. Leroux was the event's MVP, and freshmen Ally Courtnall (who also scored), Samantha Mewis and Abby Dahlkemper made the all-tournament team.
  • Surprising UC Riverside (2-1-1) won its second in a row, surpassing last year's victory total with a 2-1 overtime triumph over visiting San Jose State. Kayde Hensley's 102nd-minute goal lifted the Highlanders to the title in their tournament.
  • No. 13 UC Irvine (4-0-0) also won both of its games at UCR's event, finishing with a 2-0 triumph over Mississippi State as UCLA transfer Natalia Ledezma (La Mirada/La Mirada HS) netted her third goal.
  • Karissa Garcia's goal in the sixth minute led Pepperdine (4-0-0) past visiting Long Island, 1-0.
  • The Waves' West Coast Conference rival Loyola Marymount also is unbeaten, 3-0-1 after a 0-0 draw with Fresno State.
  • Nadia Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) scored her second goal of the weekend, but Long Beach State (2-2-0) lost, 2-1, at No. 12 Marquette.

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COLLEGE: Snow era starts at UCLA

August, 19, 2011
B.J. Snow knows well the expectations that exist for UCLA's women's soccer program. Seven straight trips to the NCAA College Cup final four and eight in 10 years created a standard that must be met. No trophies leaves a void that must be filled.

Snow is aware of all of this, and everything else he ought to to know heading into his debut as the Bruins' head coach. He has spent five years in the program, the past two as Jill Ellis' assistant head coach, and his masters in Westwood are expecting a seamless transition.

So is Snow, who contributed to four of those final-four appearances and has at his command the kind of exceptional talent the Bruins always possess, even if they run a little young this year. They've had almost no time to prepare for Friday night's opener at Cal State Northridge, but they're ready for their first test. And Snow is ready for his.

“I've been able to be head coach at UCLA in a number games when Jill was out of town or couldn't be there,” Snow, who also assisted Ellis on occasion with U.S. youth national teams, said Thursday. “It certainly helps me make the transition smoother. But when the clock hits 6:59 and the game is about to start, I'm sure the emotions will be stirred up, that I'll be excited and nervous. If I wasn't, I guess that would be a bad thing.”

Snow has ample pedigree. He starred for two NCAA championship teams under legendary coach Jerry Yeagley at Indiana University and, after joining UCLA as a voluntary assistant in 2006, rapidly evolved into Ellis' right-hand man. He's a rising star in the coaching game, and his first team -- built, of course, with Ellis, who resigned in January to take a player-development post for U.S. Soccer -- has the tools to return to the College Cup after falling short in a difficult campaign last year.

BOUNCING BACK: The Bruins endured an injury epidemic and posted an uncharacteristic 13-8-2 mark, finishing fourth (at 5-4-0) in the Pac-10, suffering three home losses (the first ending a nation's-best 73-game unbeaten streak, dating to 2005) and exiting in the NCAA's round of 16 (with a 3-0 loss to Stanford).

“Last year was an interesting year,” Snow said. “It probably has zero impact on what we're doing now. We have more new players than returning players, and they had nothing to do with what happened last year.

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