Los Angeles Soccer: NAIA

COLLEGE: D2, D3, NAIA All-Americans

December, 31, 2011
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Nine local players -- one man, eight women -- have been accorded All-America status at the NCAA Division II and III and NAIA levels by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Eight more are NSCAA All-Americans for the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association, and 13 have been selected for the NAIA's All-America team, which isn't affiliated with the NSCAA selections.

More than 80 players from local schools or from the L.A. area who play elsewhere -- 26 men and 56 women -- received All-Region mention from the NSCAA at these levels.

Here is the full list of local All-Americans:

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COLLEGE: Hope rallies, falls in NCCAA opener

December, 1, 2010
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Hope International rallied from a quick two-goal deficit Wednesday, but it wasn't enough in their opener at the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.


A 3-2 loss to top-seeded Covenant College of Lookout Mountain, Ga., sent the Royals (10-9-1) to the consolation bracket, in which they will meet Campbellsville (Ky.) University (17-5-0) on Thursday.

Matthew Howard (Temecula/Great Oak HS) scored in the 51st and 69th minutes for Hope, the second on a penalty kick, as Hope overcame a two-goal deficit in the first five minutes. Chris Pifer's second goal of the game, in the 75th minute, was decisive for Covenant (14-6-1).

POSTPONED: Harsh weather and poor field conditions postponed all action at the NAIA women's championship in Decatur, Ala. The quarterfinal showdown pitting third-seeded Azusa Pacific (18-1-2) against Golden State Athletic Conference rival Cal Baptist (15-5-2), the No. 11 seed from Riverside, has been rescheduled for Thursday.

COLLEGE: Cal Baptist conquers Master's

November, 30, 2010
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Cal Baptist needed three encounters to do so, but it finally overcame Golden State Athletic Conference rival The Master's College in women's soccer, and in their biggest meeting of the season.

Freshman Bernadette Witz (Temecula/Temecula Valley HS) scored one goal and set up another just 42 seconds later, and the 11th-seeded Lancers (15-5-2) advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals Tuesday night with a 3-0 triumph over sixth-seeded TMC in Decatur, Ala.

Riverside-based CBU, making its second successive final-eight appearances, on Wednesday will play another GSAC rival: No. 3 seed Azusa Pacific (18-1-2)

Witz scored in the 53rd minute from a pass by Kylee Nicassio (Alta Loma/Los Osos HS), then set up Tami Hays in the 54th. Megan Merrett (Riverside/Arlington HS) made it 3-0 in the 72nd.

The Mustangs (17-3-2), from Santa Clarita, routed Cal Baptist, 5-1, in early October, and the teams played to a 1-1 draw draw in the GSAC tournament semifinals. The Lancers won on penalties and were beaten, 3-0, by APU in the final.

COLLEGE: UC Irvine falls in overtime

November, 21, 2010
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UC Irvine's finest season in women's soccer came to a half Saturday night with an overtime loss to Washington in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals.


The Anteaters (19-3-2), the second Big West Conference team ever to reach the Sweet 16, struggled to create in a 1-0 defeat on their home field.

Freshman Allie Beahan scored the goal in the 103rd minute, beating UCI goalkeeper Daniele de Seriere from a Sarah Martinez feed. De Seriere (Cerritos/Mayfair HS) made nine saves.

The Anteaters were limited to seven shots, just two on frame, by a Washington defense that shut down high-powered Portland in the second round.

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COLLEGE: UCLA in, UCI and LMU out of NCAA field

November, 15, 2010
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UCLA was seeded eighth, but UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount were left in disbelief when the 48-team NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament bracket was released Monday afternoon.


The ninth-ranked Bruins (14-4-1), runners-up in the Pac-10, will be home Sunday at 5 p.m. against West Coast Conference co-champion Santa Clara (10-5-5) or Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament titlist Sacramento State (10-4-7), who meet Thursday in Sacramento.

Big West Conference tournament champion UC Santa Barbara (13-4-3), which will play host to the Dec. 10-12 College Cup final four, will be home Thursday against Denver (9-6-4), with the winner playing at Pac-10 champ California (12-2-3) on Sunday.

Loyola Marymount (12-6-2), which won a share of the WCC title but lost the automatic berth to Santa Clara when it lost Sunday on a late goal to San Francisco, isn't in the field.

More shocking is the omission of Big West Conference regular-season champion UC Irvine (14-3-3), which was ranked 10th in last week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. The Anteaters will surely drop in this week's rankings, which come out Tuesday, after losing to Cal State Fullerton in the Big West tournament semifinals.

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COLLEGE: UC Irvine reaches final 16

November, 14, 2010
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Tanya Taylor scored one goal and set up another as UC Irvine, in its first NCAA Division I women's soccer appearance, advanced to the Sweet 16 on Sunday with a 2-0 triumph over regional No. 4 seed Wake Forest at Anteater Stadium.

The 16th-ranked Anteaters (19-2-2) will meet Washington (12-8-2) next weekend in the third round. The Huskies stunned second-ranked Portland on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.


Portland was one of two national No. 1 seeds to lose Sunday. Maryland was beaten on penalties by Georgetown.

Taylor (Buena Park/Sunny Hills HS) tallied in the 12th minute, her team-best 11th goal of the season, and set up CoCo Goodson in the 71st, her ninth, as the UCI prevailed in a tight, defensive battle.

No. 21 Wake Forest (13-8-3) managed just five shots, and only two of them on target, against a defense led by Goodson and midfielder Judy Christopher (Ontario/Upland HS).

TROJANS TRUMPED: Rose Augustin and Lauren Fowlkes scored in the first nine minutes, and seventh-ranked Notre Dame (17-2-2) romped to a 4-0 victory over No. 22 USC (13-6-3) in a Division I second-round game in South Bend, Ind.

Augustin scored in the eighth minute and Fowlkes in the ninth for the Irish, a No. 2 regional seed who gave what coach Randy Waldrum called “probably our most complete 90-minute performance of the season” to advance to a third-round game next weekend against third-ranked North Carolina (19-2-2), the defending national champion and a regional No. 1 seed.

Fowlkes also assisted goals by Melissa Henderson in the 58th minute and Adriana Leon in the 71st.

UCLA GETS NO. 1: UCLA (13-7-2), which beat Central Florida in a second-round game Saturday, heads north to face No. 1 Stanford (20-0-2) in the third round. The Cardinal held off Santa Clara, 2-1, as Marjani Hing-Glover and Alina Garciamendez scored goals.

NO AUTOMATIC FOR LMU: A late goal by Bryan Burke (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) lifted San Francisco to a 1-0 victory at Loyola Marymount, costing the Lions (12-6-2) the West Coast Conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Division I men's tournament.

The Lions, who clinched a share of the WCC title with a victory Friday over St. Mary's, will await their fate when NCAA pairings are announced Monday. Santa Clara, which beat Gonzaga, 2-0, on Sunday, is the WCC's top seed because it went 1-0-1 against LMU this season.

REDLANDS ROMPS AGAIN: Surprising Redlands stomped host Cal Lutheran in a women's Division III second-round win, its second victory in 11 days over the Regals.

Fionna Connolly scored her third goal of the NCAA tournament and team-best 12th of the season to start the Bulldogs (12-9-0) toward a 3-0 romp over Cal Lu (18-3-1), which held a commanding 18-4 advantage in shots.

Connolly scored in the seventh minute, Chelsea Hafley (Redlands/Redlands HS) doubled the advantage in the 60th, and Jaimie Morton put the game out of reach with a strike in the 68th.

Redlands will play next weekend at second-ranked Hardin-Simmons (21-0-0) in Abilene, Texas.

NAIA BERTHS: Golden State Athletic Conference champion Vanguard (13-7-0) opens the NAIA men's tournament with a rematch of the conference tournament final, against Azusa Pacific (16-4-1).

Vanguard, which routed the Cougars, 3-0, on Saturday, is unseeded and will play at APU, whioch is seeded 13th. Cal Baptist (15-4-0) is seeded 11th and will be home for next Saturday's opening round against Holy Names (11-5-2).

GSAC champ Azusa Pacific is seeded third, The Master's (16-2-2) sixth and Cal Baptist (13-5-2) 11th for the NAIA women's tournament, and all received home assignments for the first round.

APU will open against William Jessup (11-4-3); TMC, from Santa Clarita, will meet Maine-Fort Kent (19-2-0); and CBU, from Riverside, will take Texas' Northwood (15-3-1).

Saturday's winners will advance to the 16-team, five-game-in-six-days finals, with the men playing at Orange Beach, Ala., and the women at Decatur, Ala.

COLLEGE: UCLA heads to Sweet 16

November, 13, 2010
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Elise Britt and Sydney Leroux scored on each side of halftime, and UCLA held off Central Florida, 2-1, Saturday night at Drake Stadium to reach the final 16 in the NCAA Division I women's tournament.


The Bruins (13-7-2), who have struggled this season and weren't one of 16 national seeds in the tournament, are two wins from an eighth successive College Cup final four berth.

It's an unlikely prospect; UCLA likely is headed to No. 1 Stanford for next weekend's third-round match. The Cardinal (19-0-2) face Santa Clara (13-6-2) in a second-rounder Sunday.

Britt, a senior, scored her first collegiate goal in the 42nd minute, heading home a Dana Wall corner kick. Leroux, on the cusp of the U.S. women's national team, netted her 13th goal of the year in the 49th, heading in a cross from Lauren Barnes (Upland/Upland HS) after a quick restart near midfield.

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