Los Angeles Soccer: Hastings

First APU side reaches quarters

November, 28, 2011
Azusa Pacific beat Hastings in an NAIA Championships opener Monday. The Cougars hope to knock off the Nebraska school again Wednesday.

APU's second-seeded women advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory in the driving rain in Decatur, Ala. The Cougars' men will take on Hastings in a quarterfinal with a victory in a second-round game Tuesday in Orange Beach, Ala.

The women (15-2-2), who beat Ottawa, Kan., in the tournament opener nine days earlier in Azusa, will face the winner of Tuesday's second-round game between Mobile, Ala. (18-3-1) and Graceland, Iowa (10-6-4) in a quarterfinal Wednesday.

Lynsey Browne (Alta Loma/St. Lucy's Priory and UC Riverside) converted a penalty kick after Brittany Flanagan drew a foul in the 42nd minute, and Natalie Sun finished in the 64th after Allie Stone touched on a cross from Natalie Nick (Cypress/Calvary Chapel HS).

Azusa Pacific's men (13-3-3) take on Science & Arts of Oklahoma (17-4-0) in their second-round game. Hastings' top-ranked men (22-1-0) beat Illinois' St. Xavier, 1-0, in their opener Monday.

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Camille Levin and Lindsay Taylor scored second-half goals Friday as top-ranked Stanford returned to the NCAA Division I women's soccer final. A victory Sunday over Notre Dame would give the Cardinal their first title.

Boston College (17-7-1) shut down star forward Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School), who failed to notch a goal or assist for just the fifth time all season, but Stanford (23-0-2) got a goal from an unlikely source to take charge in a 2-0 victory.

Levin (Newport Coast/Tarbut V'Torah) netted her second goal of the season in the 48th minute. Taylor netted an insurance goal in the 87th, her 11th goal of the season.

Notre Dame (20-2-2) reached its third final in five years. Mandy Laddish's 82nd-minute goal lifted the Fighting Irish to a 1-0 triumph over Ohio State (17-4-2).

APU OUT OF NAIA: Azusa Pacific's run to the NAIA women's title game was halted one game shy of the goal by two-time defending champion Lee University of Cleveland, Tenn. Samantha Hare's goal just 85 seconds in was the difference in a 1-0 decision that sent the Lady Flames (21-2-1) to their fourth final in six years.

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COLLEGE: APU romps into NAIA semifinals

December, 2, 2010

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.

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