Los Angeles Soccer: Campbellsville
Brittany Flanagan scored one goal and set up another Thursday as third-seeded Azusa Pacific romped into a semifinal showdown with two-time defending champion Lee University by dominating Golden State Athletic Conference rival Cal Baptist, 3-0, in the NAIA women's tournament in Decatur, Ala.
Flanagan fed Kelsey Walker in the 23rd minute, then scored off a free kick in the 70th for the Cougars (19-1-2), who are making their ninth trip to the final four and seeking their second national title. APU won the NAIA title in 1998 and was runner-up in 2002, 2006 and 2007.
Jacqueline Conforto also tallied for Azusa Pacific, which takes a nine-game winning streak -- seven by shutout -- into Friday's semifinal with second-seeded Lee (20-2-1), from Cleveland, Tenn. The Cougars won a Sept. 18 meeting in Tennessee, 2-1.
Cal Baptist, from Riverside, finishes 15-6-2.
Hope International rallied from a quick two-goal deficit Wednesday, but it wasn't enough in their opener at the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
A 3-2 loss to top-seeded Covenant College of Lookout Mountain, Ga., sent the Royals (10-9-1) to the consolation bracket, in which they will meet Campbellsville (Ky.) University (17-5-0) on Thursday.
Matthew Howard (Temecula/Great Oak HS) scored in the 51st and 69th minutes for Hope, the second on a penalty kick, as Hope overcame a two-goal deficit in the first five minutes. Chris Pifer's second goal of the game, in the 75th minute, was decisive for Covenant (14-6-1).
POSTPONED: Harsh weather and poor field conditions postponed all action at the NAIA women's championship in Decatur, Ala. The quarterfinal showdown pitting third-seeded Azusa Pacific (18-1-2) against Golden State Athletic Conference rival Cal Baptist (15-5-2), the No. 11 seed from Riverside, has been rescheduled for Thursday.