APU women win, Vanguard men lose


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.

NAIA WOMEN: Feehs scored her 12th and 13th goals of the campaign and Kelsey Walker struck in the 84rd minute to lead third-seeded APU (18-1-2) past 14th-seeded Oklahoma City (19-3-1).

The Cougars, who will take on Cal Baptist (14-5-2) or The Master's (17-2-2) in Wednesday's quarterfinals, twice rallied from deficits, with Feehs scoring in the 32nd (to answer Malin Andersson's 17th-minute opener) and 67th minutes (less than three minutes after Blerta Rashica gave OKC a 2-1 lead).

GSAC teams have reached three of the last four and eight of the last 12 women's championship games. APU won the 1998 title and lost in the 2002, 2006 and 2007 finals.

Top-seeded Concordia, Ore., was upset by Hastings, Neb., but second-seeded Lee, Tenn., the two-time defending champion, advanced to the quarterfinals.

NAIA MEN: William Pellow (Highland/Redlands East Valley HS and Cal State San Bernardino) headed home a corner kick from Englishman Jack Plummer (Irvine Valley College) to give Vanguard (14-8-0) a 34th-minute lead, but the Lions couldn't halt fourth-seeded Notre Dame's second-half comeback.

Steven Kane scored the equalizer in the 47th minute, his 18th goal of the season, and Erik Beattie netted the 83rd-minute winner with a diving header for Notre Dame (21-0-0), which will face Maine-Fort Kent (22-0-0) or Grand View, Iowa (19-1-0) -- they meet Tuesday -- in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

That means there are no GSAC teams in the men's final eight, a rare occurrence: The conference had sent teams to the NAIA title game in five of the past seven years, with Azusa Pacific beating Irvine's Concordia in an all-GSAC final three years ago. The Master's lost to Lindsey Wilson, Ky., in last year's championship game.

The loss was just the second on the field this year for unseeded Vanguard (14-8-0), which went 19-2-1 but forfeited six games -- five wins and a tie -- after coach Randy Dodge failed to serve his suspension for a red card in the final game of last season.

NCCAA FINALS: The other NAIA team still playing is Fullerton's Hope International, which is seeded eighth of eight teams for the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association men's championship that begins Wednesday in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Royals (9-9-1) open against top-seeded Covenant College (13-6-1) of Lookout Mountain, Ga., a Presbyterian Church-affiliated school that was founded in Pasadena in 1955.