Cal State L.A. rallied from a two-goal deficit and prevailed on penalties, but Cal State Dominguez's Hills' comeback led to misery in Thursday's NCAA Division II tournament openers in Seattle.
Cal State L.A. toppled California Collegiate Athletic Association rival Chico State from the spot after a 2-2 draw in the first game of a doubleheader at Seattle Pacific University.
The host Falcons struck 79 seconds into overtime to knock out Dominguez Hills, 2-1.
Cal State L.A. (14-1-6), No. 17 in the D2 rankings, and No. 13 Seattle Pacific (14-3-2) meet Saturday night in a second-round game.
The Golden Eagles overcame a 2-0 deficit as Jason Swope converted a 67th-minute penalty kick after drawing a foul and Rosario Bras tallied off Marc Hess' free kick in the 83rd. The goals were Swope's and Bras' 11th of the season.
All four Cal State L.A. shooters -- Hess, Antti Arvola, Swope and Nicolas Assad (Winnetka/El Camino Real HS and Moorpark College) -- converted in the 4-1 triumph on penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Waleed Cassis made one stop, on Ferid Celosmanovic.
Chico State, which lost to Cal State L.A. in Sunday's CCAA tournament title game, outshot the Eagles, 22-12, but put only four attempts on target. The Wildcats (13-4-4) went ahead on Chris Akwaja's 36th minute header and were up, 2-0, when Octavio Guzman tallied 1:41 before Swope's PK.
In the second game, Dominguez Hills (12-6-2) forced overtime when Jordan Rover (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS) scored with just four seconds to go in regulation, but Christopher Morris' header from Evan Robicheau's 35-yard free kick at the start of the extra period sent Seattle Pacific through.
Jon Pearman scored in the ninth minute, from Morris' pass, to give the Falcons an early lead.
In women's action:
Megan Lindsay scored twice and Brandi Hamre and Kelli Zakrzewski added goals with assists to lead No. 5 Seattle Pacific (17-2-0) to a 4-0 rout of Grand Canyon (9-6-3) in an NCAA Division II first-round game at Cal State L.A. Seattle Pacific advances to Saturday's second-round match against the second-seeded Golden Eagles (12-4-3), who had a first-round bye.
Cal State L.A. 2 (Swope pen. 67, Bras 83), Chico State 2 (Akwaja 36, Guzman 66), OT (Cal State L.A. advances on penalties, 4-1)
Seattle Pacific 2 (Pearman 9, Morris 92), Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 (Rover 90), OT
Seattle Pacific 4 (Hamre 28, Lindsay 61, pen. 90, Zakrzewski 72), Grand Canyon 0
Home teams listed first