Los Angeles Soccer: Luis Escamilla

UCI wins Big West women's title

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
12:49
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Lexi Kopf scored a hat trick as UC Irvine claimed its second successive Big West Conference women's soccer title in emphatic fashion Sunday, routing visiting UC Riverside, 5-0.

Kopf scored in the 46th, 54th and 90th minutes to lead the 24th-ranked Anteaters (13-3-2), who went 6-1-1 in Big West play to edge Long Beach State by a point. UC Irvine will be home Wednesday against UC Davis in a conference tournament semifinal.

UCLA transfer Natalia Ledezma added a goal and two assists for UCI, which scored three goals in the first 8 minutes of the second half to turn a tight match into a rout.

Kopf's trio gives her 11 goals this season; Ledezma leads the Anteaters with 12.

UC Riverside closes its season at 8-9-2.

In other women's action:
  • Nadia Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) scored the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, then sent in a cross for Jazz Strozier (Ventura/Buena HS and Ventura College) to finish just 39 seconds later as Long Beach State pulled out a 4-2 victory over visiting Pacific. Link scored twice, her 13th and 14th goals of the season, as the 49ers (13-5-1) finished second in the Big West; they will meet Cal State Northridge in a conference tournament opener Wednesday.
  • Sydney Leroux's 14th goal of the season arrived nearly eight minutes into overtime, lifting No. 6 UCLA (14-1-2) to a 1-0 Pacific 12 Conference victory at Utah.
  • Ashley Freyer tallied in the 59th minute as USC (7-12-0) toppled host Colorado in a Pac-12 game, the Women of Troy's fourth win in their last five games.
  • Lynn Williams and Laura Cole (Whittier/La Habra HS) scored 4 minutes apart late in the first half as No. 3 Pepperdine (14-1-4) bounced back from Friday's loss to Santa Clara with a 2-1 victory over Portland.

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