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UC Riverside stuns No. 10 UCSB

9/29/2011

UC Riverside, taking its first real steps forward in men's soccer, posted the biggest victory in program history Wednesday night -- and in front the largest home crowd ever to see the Highlanders play.

Aaron Long (Oak Hills/Serrano HS) and Richie Osborne netted second-half goals as Riverside (6-2-1) upset No. 10 UC Santa Barbara, 3-1, in a Big West Conference opener in front of 2,016 fans, more than triple the previous record.

Cesar Diaz Pizarro (Chino/Ayala HS) also tallied for the Highlanders, who went ahead in the 11th minute, then pulled away after halftime. David Opoku tallied for the Gauchos (6-2-1).

UC Riverside, which is unbeaten in its last six games, is four games above .500 for the first time since the move to Division I a decade ago. This was the third victory over a ranked opponent in that time.

In other men´s action:

  • Patrick Sigler scored in the 53rd minute, and Cal Poly withstood a 57th-minute red card to hold off No. 7 UC Irvine, 1-0, in a Big West opener. The Anteaters (8-2-0) held an 18-3 shot advantage.

  • Rafael Garcia (Canoga Park/Canoga Park HS) scored two goals as Cal State Northridge (4-4-1) recorded its second straight 3-0 triumph, winning its Big West opener at UC Davis.

  • Loyola Marymount (2-7-0) lost its fifth in a row and sixth in seven games, falling, 2-0, at San Diego in a West Coast Conference opener.

  • Cal State Fullerton (6-1-2) shut down Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS) in a 0-0 draw with visiting Cal State Bakersfield (4-0-4). Zardes scored 11 goals in the Roadrunners' first seven games.

  • Nate Shekita's fourth-minute strike stood up for Pomona-Pitzer (5-4-0) in a 1-0 SCIAC win over visiting Occidental (2-6-0).

  • Abdullah Alharshan's 89th-minute goal gave La Verne (1-5-1) a stunning SCIAC draw with visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6-2-1).

  • SCIAC leader Redlands (7-3-0) got goals from eight players in an 8-0 rout at Caltech (1-6-0).

In women´s action:

  • Allie Tao scored a hat trick and assisted a fourth as Pomona-Pitzer (6-2-0) held on for a 4-3 SCIAC victory at Occidental (2-5-0). The Sagehens are 3-1-0 in conference play, a half-game behind archrival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (4-2-2), a 3-2 winner over La Verne.

  • Freshman Taylor Will scored four four goals -- giving her 12 this season -- and added an assist as Cal Lutheran (8-1-0), No. 22 in the NCAA Division III rankings, rolled up a 12-1 SCIAC romp over Whittier (0-8-0).

  • Meghan King's goal with 28 seconds to go in regulation lifted Redlands (4-3-1) to a 3-2 victory over visiting Chapman (3-5-1). Jaimie Morton scored goals 2½ minutes apart early in the second half to give the Bulldogs the lead, but Karina Cisneros (Upland/Upland HS) tallied twice for Chapman, just 35 seconds apart, a few minutes later.

THE SCORES

  • MEN

Wednesday

Cal State Fullerton 0, Cal State Bakersfield 0, OT

Caltech 0, Redlands 8 (Ramirez 19, Griffin 22, Carlson 23, Cottam 34, Keny-Guyer 54, Smalley 81, Izydorek 88, MacMillan 90)

Chapman 1 (Hellesen 86), Hope International 1 (Howard 48), OT

La Verne 2 (Chavez 10, Alharshan 89), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2 (Bernstein 43, Bean 78), OT

Pomona-Pitzer 1 (Shekita 4), Occidental 0

San Diego 2 (Cohn 29, Posa 66), Loyola Marymount 0

UC Davis 0, Cal State Northridge 3 (Ramos 4, Garcia 68, 77)

UC Irvine 0, Cal Poly 1 (Sigler 53)

UC Riverside 3 (Diaz Pizzaro 11, Long 59, Osborne 70), UC Santa Barbara 1 (Opoku 17)

Whittier 3 (Depinna 3, Carregha 30, Jovanovic 85), Cal Lutheran 1 (McCoy 65)

Tuesday

Cal Maritime 0, Bethesda Christian 4

Dixie State (Utah) 2 (Ortiz 75, Lawhun 84), Biola 2 (og Shue 16, Chew 65), OT

Soka 0, Vanguard 5 (Ilich 4, 6, O'Brien 38, Cornwall 71, Siemonsma 89)

Monday

Cal Baptist 4 (Salazar 21, Anderson 64, Bastida 66, 72), Dominican 1 (Maric 65)

Occidental 1 (Murray 43), Wheaton (Ill.) 5 (Golz 12, Finnerty 23, Russo 41, Weaver 61, Skinker 89)

Sunday

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 1 (Larson 56), La Sierra 0

  • WOMEN

Wednesday

Cal Lutheran 12 (Will 1, 15, 18, 67, Hulse 6, Virgen 24, 39, Lombardi 41, Rains 53, Cameron 71, Garcia 69, Case 88), Whittier 1 (Bergstrom 48)

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3, La Verne 2

Occidental 3 (Minamishin 28. Roline 83, Nicholson 89), Pomona-Pitzer 4 (Tao 3, 27, 56, Burrell 55)

Redlands 3 (Morton 52, 55, King 90), Chapman 2 (Cisneros 58, 59)

Tuesday

Soka 0, Vanguard 5 (Warner 36, 39, Skachenko 51, 66, Valles 63)

Monday

Cal Baptist 1 (da Silva 44), Dominican 0

Home teams listed first