Los Angeles Soccer: Cal State Bakersfield

COLLEGE: Northridge rallies in Bakersfield

September, 15, 2011
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Cal State Northridge rallied from an early two-goal deficit Thursday night, with Thomas Ramos scoring one goal and assisting the net in a 2-2 draw at Cal State Bakersfield.

Ramos scored in the 44th minute and assisted the 60th-minute strike off a corner kick by Brian Behrdad (Woodland Hills/Taft HS) to pull the Matadors (2-3-1) even.

Star striker Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS) netted his seventh and eighth goals of the season for Bakersfield (2-0-2), tallying in the 26th and 30th minute.

In other men's action:
  • Trenton Titus (Chino Hills/Ayala HS) assisted three goals and Carlos Garcia-Partida and Oktay Bulut netted their fourths of the season as Azusa Pacific (4-1-0), No. 7 in the NAIA poll, routed St. Xavier (Ill.), 5-0.
  • Jorge Serrano (Sylmar/Sylmar HS and College of the Canyons) scored one first-half goal and assisted three more to lead NAIA No. 15 The Master's (6-0-0) in a 7-0 romp over Arizona Christian.
  • David Taylor scored a hat trick in 13˝ minutes, carrying defending conference champ Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-1-0) to a 3-1 victory over Cal Lutheran (0-4-0) in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener.
  • Whittier (1-3-0) also won its first conference game, a 2-1 win over La Verne (1-2-0) as Srdan Jovanovic's second goal arrived in overtime. Nick Eary scored twice as Redlands (2-2-0) scored six against Pomona-Pitzer (1-3-0). Occidental (1-2-0) also won.

In women´s action:
  • Erin Edmonds and Traci Lopez scored goals as Pomona-Pitzer (3-0-0) surprised Redlands (2-1-1), ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA Division III poll, with a 2-0 triumph in a SCIAC opener.
  • Freshman Taylor Will scored twice as defending SCIAC regular-season champ Cal Lutheran (4-1-0) romped, 4-0, over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-1-2). La Verne (2-1-2) also won.

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COLLEGE: UC Irvine robbed by RPI

November, 15, 2010
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George Kuntz remembered what happened in 2006, when his UC Irvine men's soccer team was 13-4-3 and ready to accept its first invitation to the NCAA tournament. The Anteaters were snubbed.

So, mindful of that, he chose to gather his team for Monday's NCAA Division I announcement in a quiet room on campus -- “just in case” -- rather than with well-wishers at the sports-themed restaurant across the street.


There were a lot of broken hearts in that room.

“Absolutely,” Kuntz said, his voice barely above a whisper, not long after the four 12-team brackets streamed across ESPNU. “It's something we won't forget. … This is probably as deep a disappointment as [we've ever had].”

The NCAA's soccer committees have made some frightful decisions over the years, especially in seeding its women's tournament, but it's hard to imagine a poorer one than the omission of this year's UC Irvine side from the field.

The Anteaters (14-3-3) won the Big West Conference regular-season title, were ranked No. 1 in the West Regional rankings most of the season and were in the national top 10 for the final six weeks of the regular season.

But blame for this should go primarily to the process, in particular the NCAA's over-reliance on a heavily flawed tool: Ratings Performance Index, or RPI.

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