UC Irvine and Long Beach State will face off in the Big West Conference women's soccer title game for the second straight year, with an NCAA tournament berth up for grabs.
Both won semifinals Thursday and will meet Sunday at noon at regular-season champion UCI's Anteater Field. Both are in line to join the NCAA field regardless, but Long Beach, which won last year's title game but lost to Irvine in this year's regular-season meeting, will want to win to make sure.
Amanda Hardeman (Laguna Niguel/Dana Hills HS and Santiago Canyon College) scored from CoCo Goodson's feed in the 64th minute to lift the No. 24 Anteaters (14-3-2) to a 1-0 victory over visiting UC Davis (11-7-1).
Nadia Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) netted her 15th goal of the season from a pass by Nicole Sweetman (Oxnard/Oaks Christian HS and UCLA), who added a second as Long Beach State (14-5-1) tallied twice in the second half for a 2-0 triumph over visiting Cal State Northridge (7-10-2).
In other women's action:
Freshman Taylor Will scored her 18th and 19th goals of the season to lead top-seeded Cal Lutheran (20-1-0), No. 10 in the NCAA Division III rankings, to a 3-1 triumph over Redlands (10-6-1) and into Saturday's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Thousand Oaks.
Kerry Moller provided a first-half lead and Bay Area products Lizzie Van Buskirk and Madi Shove tallied 90 seconds apart early in the second half as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (8-8-3) romped to a 3-0 victory over cross-campus rival Pomona-Pitzer (10-6-1) to advance to the SCIAC tournament final.
Cal Lutheran 3 (Will 19, 54, Virgen 79), Redlands 1 (Connolly 20)
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3 (Moller 18, Van Buskirk 59, Shove 60), Pomona-Pitzer 0
Long Beach State 2 (Link 55, Sweetman 74), Cal State Northridge 0
UC Irvine 1 (Hardeman 64), UC Davis 0
Home teams listed first