USC and UC Irvine moved on with opening-round wins Friday in the NCAA Division I women's tournament, but Long Beach State was eliminated despite dominating play against Santa Clara.
Two local men's teams -- Cal State San Bernardino and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps -- were beaten in their NCAA openers.
TROJANS ROLL: USC methodically built a three-goal lead and cruised into the second round of the Division I tournament with a 3-1 triumph over Illinois in South Bend, Ind.
Ashley Freyer scored in the 31st minute, Ashli Sandoval (Jamul/Granite Hills HS) in the 56th and Samantha Johnson (Palmdale/Highland HS) in the 76th for the Women of Troy (13-5-3), who Sunday will face host Notre Dame (16-2-2), a 3-0 winner over New Mexico.
Freyer finished from a ball over the Illini backline by Brittany Kerridge, Sandoval scored on a 50-yard free kick to the upper-right corner, and Johnson tallied from a feed by Courtney Garcia (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS).
ANTEATERS RALLY: Devon Delarosa scored goals two minutes apart and No. 16 UC Irvine rallied to beat Arizona State, 2-1, in a Division I opener before a school-record crowd of 1,058 at Anteater Stadium.
Delarosa scored from a rebound after Tanya Taylor (Buena Park/Sunny Hills HS) hit the post in the 72nd minute, then finished Taylor's cross as UCI (18-2-2) won in its NCAA women's soccer debut. The Anteaters on Sunday will face Wake Forest (13-7-3), which beat San Diego, 1-0, in the opening game of the doubleheader.
Devin Marshall gave Arizona State (9-8-3) a 17th-minute lead.
DOMINANCE NOT ENOUGH: Long Beach State outshot No. 19 Santa Clara, 22-5, but couldn't find the net and fell to the Broncos, 1-0, in a Division I opener at Stanford. Bridgett Miller (Los Angeles/Archer School) finished from Kendra Perry's through ball in the 84th minute to lift Santa Clara (13-6-2), which Sunday will face No. 1 Stanford (19-0-2), a 3-0 winner over Sacramento State.
Bianca Hillinger had to make a dozen saves to keep the 49ers (14-6-2) out of her net, the best to deny a shot to the upper-right corner by Lindsay Bullock (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS).
“It was a tough loss,” Long Beach head coach Mauricio Ingrassia told the school's Web site. “I believe we deserved to get more out of that game. We played very well. I thought we were the aggressors and dominated in every facet. Their goalkeeper had a fantastic game.”
SAN BERDOO GOES DOWN: Cal State San Bernardino surrendered an early goal, then took a red card, and it couldn't overcome in a 4-1 loss to Grand Canyon in a NCAA Division II men's first-round playoff game in Chico. St. Mary's transfer Kyle Ciliento scored his 26th and 27th goals of the season and helped set up Joao Vieira's 11th-minute opener to lead the Antelopes (15-2-2), who Sunday will face Chico State (14-6-0), a 2-0 winner over Sonoma State.
San Bernardino (13-6-1), which closed its season with three staight losses, were left with 10 men after freshman Marco Martinez (Fontana/Kaiser HS) was red-carded in the 22nd minute after denying a goal with his hand. Goalkeeper Tanner Olinger stopped Ciliento's penalty kick, but Grand Canyon doubled its advantage through Ciliento in the 33rd minute, then scored twice in the first eight minutes of the second half.
Jose Godinez (Ontario/Los Osos HS) scored for the Coyotes in the 57th minute.
STAGS STOPPED: Elijah Shipman's 17th-minute goal carried Texas-Tyler (13-3-1) to a 1-0 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (14-4-2) in San Antonio in a NCAA Division III men's first-round playoff. The Patriots will face top-ranked Trinity (19-2-0), the quartet host, on Saturday.