Los Angeles Soccer: Jacqueline Hanna

Cal State L.A. aims for a double

November, 10, 2011

Chris Chamides is torn. Cal State L.A.'s director of soccer has one team in Seattle and another at home in University Heights, and both have NCAA aspirations.

That's a good thing: The Golden Eagles' men won their conference title, the postseason tournament and are one of the teams to watch as the NCAA Division II tournament kicks off Thursday.

The Eagles' women's team, runner-up to mighty UC San Diego in the California Collegiate Athletic Association's South Division, are the No. 2 seed in the West Region and are home to a three-team minigroup to start the NCAA eliminations.

And Chamides can't be both places at once.

“For me, it's a lose-lose,” he said after arriving in the Pacific Northwest for the men's opener Thursday night against CCAA rival Chico State at Seattle Pacific. “If I'm with the guys exclusively [this weekend], I'll miss the women's game [on Saturday]. The only way I make the women's game is for the men to lose.

“For me personally, it's a lose-lose.”

The women (12-4-3) on Saturday are home against the winner of Thursday night's first-round game, on campus, between No. 5 Seattle Pacific (16-2-0) and Grand Canyon (9-5-3). If the men (14-1-5) can beat Chico State (13-4-3) for the second time in five days, after a 2-0 triumph in Sunday's CCAA final, they'll meet Seattle Pacific (13-3-2) or Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-5-2) in a second-round game Saturday.

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