Los Angeles Soccer: Michelle Manning

No. 8 Pepperdine rolls in WCC opener

October, 6, 2011
Laura Cole scored midway through the second half and eighth-ranked Pepperdine opened its West Coast Conference campaign with a 1-0 victory Thursday afternoon over visiting San Diego.

The Waves (9-0-4), coming off a 10-day break, limited USD to eight shots while repeatedly testing Toreros goalkeeper Courtney Parsons. Cole (Whittier/La Habra HS) scored in the 68th minute after Michelle Manning (Calabasas/Agoura HS) played her a cross from Lynn Williams.

Pepperdine has a school-record 14-game unbeaten streak after winning its conference opener for the first time in five years.

Loyola Marymount (6-4-1) begins its WCC schedule Friday night at San Francisco.

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COLLEGE: UCLA, USC start Pac-12 play

September, 22, 2011
UCLA and USC are streaking, albeit in different directions, as they head into their first Pacific 12 Conference clashes this weekend.

Colorado's and Utah's addition to the old Pac 10 -- part of the megaconference movement running riot in the NCAA's Division I -- has changed the landscape in America's No. 2 college soccer conference (the Atlantic Coast remains No. 1).

UCLA (7-0-1), ranked third nationally, opens Friday night at Drake Stadium against Washington. USC (3-6-0), looking to end its second three-game losing streak of the young campaign, starts conference play Sunday at McAllister Field against Washington State. Five of the Women of Troy's losses have been by one goal.

Four Pac 12 teams are in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's top 25: No. 1 Stanford, the Bruins, No. 17 Cal and No. 24 Oregon State. Washington State is receiving votes.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chandler Hoffman's hat trick lifted UCLA (4-2-1) to a 3-2 comeback win over UC Santa Barbara -- and back into the NSCAA's top 25. The junior from Alabama has seven goals in his past six games.

Local conference Players of the Week:

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COLLEGE: Hoffman's hat trick carries UCLA

September, 17, 2011

Chandler Hoffman's first collegiate hat trick couldn't have come at a more opportune time.

The junior forward from Alabama netted three goals in 20 minutes of the second half Friday night, carrying UCLA to a 3-2 triumph over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara in a nonconference showdown between big-time soccer rivals that drew 2,965 to the Bruins' Drake Stadium.

UCLA (3-2-1), which is ranked by Soccer America but is not in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America top 25, overcame a first-half deficit as Chandler scored in the 52nd, 68th and 71st minutes, the first two off assists by All-American Kelyn Rowe.

Hoffman, who has seven goals in the Bruins' first six games (after scoring 13 in 13 Premier Development League appearances for Orange County Blue Star this summer), tied a school record by tallying in his fifth successive game.

“It's been really good to find the back of the net,” Hoffman said in a video posted on UCLA's athletics web site. “My parents were here tonight, so it's always fun to score when they're here. It's always fun to beat UCSB.”

James Kiffe gave the Gauchos (4-1-1) a 35th-minute lead, but UCLA -- with Rowe and Ryan Hollingshead making the difference in midfield -- took command early in the second half. Sam Garza converted a 73rd-minute penalty to cut the deficit to a goal, but Santa Barbara couldn't create chances for an equalizer.

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COLLEGE: UCLA tops St. Mary's for first win

September, 10, 2011

UCLA finally has a victory. Another might boost the Bruins back into the top 25.

Chandler Hoffman scored his third goal of the season and All-American Kelyn Rowe added another to lift UCLA (1-2-1), one of the chief preseason NCAA title favorites, to a 2-1 triumph Friday night over St. Mary's at Drake Stadium.

The Bruins, ranked sixth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll (and as high as No. 2 elsewhere), dropped out of the top 25 following losses to Louisville and UC Davis and a draw at Santa Clara.

Hoffman, who has eight goals in his last 10 games for the Bruins, finished a sequence from Shawn Singh and Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS) three minutes into the second half. Rowe's goal, a magnificent blast from just wide of the box to inside the far post, made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute.

UCLA takes on Loyola Marymount on Sunday at 5 p.m. on the Bruins' North Athletic Field.

In other men's action:
  • Everett Pitts (Chino Hills/Ayala HS) volleyed home a rebound 16 minutes into overtime to lift No. 9 UC Irvine (5-0-0) to a 3-2 triumph at Wisconsin. The Badgers (2-2-0) rallied after Enrique Cardenas (Coachella/Coachella Valley HS) provided the Anteaters a 2-0 lead with a pair of yeoman's goals in the first six minutes of the second half.
  • Kevin Venegas (Lakewood/Los Alamitos HS) sent Cal State Fullerton (3-0-1) to a 2-1 win over UW Green Bay at UNLV's tournament, converting a 73rd-minute penalty kick for the winner.
  • Chris Smith (Palmdale/Quartz Hill HS) fed goals by Taylor Bowlin and Yarden Azulay as Cal State Northridge (2-2-0) romped, 3-0, over Missouri State at New Mexico's tournament.

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COLLEGE: UC Irvine topples No. 11 Texas A&M

August, 22, 2011
Lexi Kopf scored her second goal in as many games and All-America candidate CoCo Goodson led a heroic defensive effort as UC Irvine stunned 11th-ranked Texas A&M, 1-0, to win the Aggies' Invitational in triple-digit heat Sunday.

Kopf, who netted the 88th-minute winner against UT San Antonio in the tournament opener Friday, tallied just eight minutes in from a feed by Dana Sanderlin (Upland/Upland HS) to lead the Anteaters (2-0-0), who are 17th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's preseason Top 25. The next ranking will be issued Tuesday.

Irvine withstood a constant barrage from Texas A&M, which rolled up a 21-5 advantage in shots -- 13-1 in the second half -- and 11-2 on corner kicks. A solid defensive effort backed by freshman Jennifer Randazzo's seven saves forged the shutout.

UCI's women have beaten only one team ranked higher the Aggies, upsetting No. 10 Hartford in 1995.

In other games:
  • Freshman Brianne Medved's first collegiate goal lifted Loyola Marymount (2-0-0) to a 1-0 win at Texas State, completing the Lions' perfect trip to the Lone Star State.
  • Stephanie Ochs' hat trick led San Diego in a 3-1 rout of USC (0-2-0). Pierce College transfer Erica Vangsness (Los Angeles/University HS) tallied for the Women's of Troy with five seconds to go.
  • Sophomore Nikki McCants (Corona/Santiago HS) scored twice, matching her freshman total, to carry Cal State Fullerton (1-0-1) past Long Island, 3-1.
  • Jazz Strozier (Ventura/Buena HS and Ventura College) scored and assisted Shawna Gordon (Rancho Cucamonga/Los Osos HS) in the first eight minutes as Long Beach State (2-0-0) romped past Sacramento State, 3-0, in its home opener.
  • Michelle Manning (Calabasas/Agoura HS) and freshman Lynn Williams tallied for Pepperdine (2-0-0), which beat Arizona, 2-0, in its hjome opener.
  • Senior Kayde Hensley's first career goal was enough for UC Riverside (0-1-1) to claim a 1-1 draw against Idaho at UNLV's Rebel Classic.

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