Los Angeles Soccer: Joel Peluffo

COLLEGE: CBU, TMC move on in NCCAA

November, 17, 2011
11/17/11
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Cal Baptist's men's soccer team is 90 minutes from joining its women at the NCCAA national championships at the end of the month in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Lancers first must get past former Golden State Athletic Conference rival The Master's.

Cal Baptist (14-5-0) and TMC (11-5-3) on Thursday advanced to the West Regional final in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association's annual tournament with home victories. They'll meet Saturday afternoon in Riverside, with the winner heading to Florida.

The NCCAA tournaments will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Cal Baptist's women won the West Regional last week.

The Lancers, who are wrapping up their first season as an NCAA Division II team, pulled out a 2-1 victory over Trinity Lutheran of Everett, Wash., as Willie Rupert converted his fourth penalty kick of the season in the 83rd minute.

Michael Salazar (Moreno Valley/Canyon Springs HS) drew the penalty as Cal Baptist withstood a physical test from Trinity Lutheran (12-5-1), which was whistled for 22 fouls and received four yellow cards and one red card.

Jonathan Garcia (Long Beach/Millikan HS) gave the Lancers a third-minute lead, but Edwin Aguilar pulled the Eagles even four minutes into the second half.

The Master's routed GSAC foe Hope International, 7-1, in Santa Clarita. Kevin Scheunemann scored twice, Marcelo Silva scored a goal and assisted two more, and Jorge Serrano (Sylmar/Sylmar HS and College of the Canyons) and Joel Peluffo (Newhall/Hart HS) added goals and assists to lead the Mustangs. Fullerton-based Hope's season ended at 7-8-2.

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