Los Angeles Soccer: Jack Plummer

COLLEGE: Fullerton gets physical with Akron

September, 2, 2011
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Reigning NCAA champion Akron found little to like in its first game this year in Southern California, a rugged 0-0 draw Thursday with Cal State Fullerton that left Zips coaches crying foul. Literally.

The Titans (1-0-1) took a physical approach to the Labor Day Classic encounter at Cal State Northridge, keeping 11 men behind the ball and committing 28 fouls -- to only seven by Akron -- benefiting from a masterful performance by goalkeeper Trevor Whiddon, who made nine saves.

“We're not going to make excuses. We didn't play our best game today,” Akron coach Caleb Porter told his school's athletics website. “But, clearly, Fullerton's game plan was to chop the game up with fouls and be physical and not allow us to get into a rhythm.

“We could be disappointed with the way the game was officiated, but bottom line is we didn't handle [the physical play] very well. To me, we looked like a young team that wasn't ready to deal with a physical team that came to play. Fullerton wanted to rattle us, and in some ways it worked. We have to do better next time.”

The Titans, who survived a first-half onslaught and outshot Akron, 12-10, after halftime, nearly scored three times: Roberto Vernaschi hit the left post from distance at the start of the second half, and Zips goalkeeper David Meves was required to make two big saves. Fullerton cleared a Scott Caldwell shot off the goal line in the 29th minute.

UNLV beat Cal State Northridge, 2-1, in the second game on Jonny Espinoza's overtime goal. Edwin Rivas (Los Angeles/Santee Education Complex) had pulled the Matadors (1-1-0) even in the 79th minute.

CSUN (1-1-0) meets Akron (1-0-1) in Saturday's tournament finale at 7 p.m.

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APU women win, Vanguard men lose

November, 29, 2010
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Azusa Pacific needed two goals from freshman Laura Feehs and a second-half comeback to beat Oklahoma City, 3-2, and advance to the NAIA women's quarterfinals Monday night in Decatur, Ala.

The other Golden State Athletic Conference team in action, Costa Mesa's Vanguard, failed to move on at the NAIA men's championship, losing to unbeaten Notre Dame College of South Euclid, Ohio, 2-1, in Orange Beach, Ala.

Two more local teams are in action Tuesday, with Riverside's Cal Baptist taking on Santa Clarita's The Master's College in a women's second-rounder.

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COLLEGE: UC Irvine falls in overtime

November, 21, 2010
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UC Irvine's finest season in women's soccer came to a half Saturday night with an overtime loss to Washington in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals.


The Anteaters (19-3-2), the second Big West Conference team ever to reach the Sweet 16, struggled to create in a 1-0 defeat on their home field.

Freshman Allie Beahan scored the goal in the 103rd minute, beating UCI goalkeeper Daniele de Seriere from a Sarah Martinez feed. De Seriere (Cerritos/Mayfair HS) made nine saves.

The Anteaters were limited to seven shots, just two on frame, by a Washington defense that shut down high-powered Portland in the second round.

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