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COLLEGE: Cal State L.A. falls short

11/20/2011

Cal State L.A.'s bid for the NCAA Division II men's soccer final four came up empty. The Golden Eagles couldn't come back Saturday afternoon in Durango, Colo.

Third-ranked Fort Lewis (22-1-0) advanced to its fifth D2 final four with a 2-0 victory as Kosta Kordistos scored on headers in the 17th and 56th minutes. It was the first loss for Cal State L.A. (15-2-6) since Sept. 25 and ended its 14-game unbeaten streak.

This was the Golden Eagles' first quarterfinal since 1981.

The Skyhawks (21-1-0) will meet Millersville, Pa. (14-6-2) in a Dec. 1 semifinal in Pensacola, Fla. New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce (21-0-1) and Lynn, Fla. (14-4-2) face off in the other semi.

In other men's action:

  • Oktay Bulut scored an equalizer at the end of the first half and set up the go-ahead strike by Leonardo Grigg (La Verne/Bonita HS) at the start of the second, and Azusa Pacific (13-3-3) advanced to the NAIA tournament's 16-team main draw in Orange Beach, Ala., with a 4-1 first-round victory over visiting Cal State San Marcos (10-7-1). The Cougars will face Science & Arts of Oklahoma (17-4-0) in a second-round game Nov. 29.

  • Aaron Fenlason came up big in the nets through 90 minutes' regulation and 20 more of overtime, but he couldn't stop Hannibal-La Grange on penalty kicks, and visiting Biola (13-6-2) fell following a 1-1 draw in an NAIA tournament opener. Daniel Chew gave the Eagles an eighth-minute lead, but Hannibal-La Grange (16-4-1) pulled even through Sergi Beltrol in the 12th minute. Fenlason made 10 saves, but the Trojans pulled out a 4-2 triumph in the shootout.

  • Jonathan Fausto (Temecula/Chaparral HS) and Marc Hope scored goals to carry Cal Baptist (15-5-0) to a 2-0 win over The Master's (11-6-3) and into the main draw in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association national championship.

  • Trevor Bushman's goal 12 minutes into overtime lifted Calvin (18-5-2), from Grand Rapids, Mich., to a 3-2 victory over Texas-Tyler (18-3-2) at Redlands, sending the Knights to the NCAA Division III final four for the second time in three years.

WOMEN: Azusa Pacific wins NAIA opener

One dominant performance by a local Golden State Athletic Conference team was finally rewarded in the first round of the NAIA women's tournament. Another wasn't.

Second-seeded Azusa Pacific (14-2-2) pulled out a 1-0 victory over visiting Ottawa, Kan. (10-8-3) on Brittany Flanagan's 77th-minute header from Amanda Hardy's cross to advance to the 16-team main phase in Decatur, Ala.

Concordia (13-5-2), from Irvine, outshot Graceland, 30-2, but couldn't find the net and fell, 5-4, on penalties following a scoreless draw.

Rachel Hook (Newbury Park/Newbury Park HS) gave the Eagles life after a miss by the Iowans on the fourth round of the shootout, but Sarahi Casillas converted for Graceland (10-6-4), which advanced when Monica Haynes (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) missed on the final kick.

Azusa Pacific is paired with Hastings, Neb. (19-2-1) for a second-round game Nov. 28.

The other two GSAC schools won their openers and will meet in the second round. Point Loma Nazarene (19-1-2) routed Science & Arts of Oklahoma, 3-0, as Carleigh Salassi (Hesperia/Granite Hills HS and UC Riverside) and Codi Cameron (Murrieta/Vista Murrieta HS) scored goals; Westmont (13-6-0) edged Cal State San Marcos, 1-0, on Kaci Mexico's overtime header.

THE SCORES

  • MEN

Saturday

Azusa Pacific 4 (Bulut 43, Grigg 52, Young 60, Bishop 81), Cal State San Marcos 1 (Rice 32)

Cal Baptist 2 (Fausto 42, Hope 83), The Master's 0

Calvin (Mich.) 3 (Vegter 35, Heethuis 86, Bushhouse 102), Texas-Tyler 2 (Shipman 40, Powell 63), OT

Fort Lewis (Colo.) 2 (Kordistos 17, 56), Cal State L.A. 0

Hannibal-La Grange (Mo.) 1 (Beltrol 12), Biola 1 (Chew 8), OT (Hannibal-La Grange advances on penalties, 4-2)

  • WOMEN

Saturday

Azusa Pacific 1 (Flanagan 77), Ottawa (Kan.) 0

Cal State San Marcos 0, Westmont 1 (Mexico 108), OT

Concordia 0, Graceland (Iowa) 0, OT (Graceland advances on penalties, 5-4)

Point Loma Nazarene 3 (Wessels 8, Salassi 37, Cameron 89), Science & Arts of Oklahoma 0

Home teams listed first