Los Angeles Soccer: NIRSA
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.
UCLA's string of College Cup final four appearances has ended at seven. The Bruins were booted from the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament Friday night by No. 1 Stanford, which is just one victory from a repeat trip to the College Cup.Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School) scored her 24th and 25th goals of the season as the Cardinal (21-0-2) romped to a 3-0 triumph. They'll be home for next weekend's quarterfinal against Florida State (15-5-1) or Marquette (16-4-3), who face off Saturday.
UCLA's campaign ends at 13-8-2.
Stanford, which won the regular-season meeting, 2-0, after knocking out the Bruins in overtime in last year's NCAA semifinals, went ahead on a fifth-minute own goal, and Press doubled the advantage in the 29th minute off a feed from Camille Levin (Newport Beach/Tarbut V'Torah School) and added the third in the 60th.
Press on Thursday was selected Top Drawer Soccer's national Player of the Year after sharing the Web site's honor with then-teammate Kelley O'Hara last year.
The Gauchos (14-4-3) dictated every phase of its first-round match Thursday night with visiting Denver, but they needed an overtime goal to advance. It came, finally, in the 105th minute, with Ghanian forward Waid Ibrahim -- a product of Los Olivos' Dunn School and Santa Barbara City College -- scoring his first goal of the season from a feed by Danny Barrera (Thousand Oaks/Westlake HS).
UC Santa Barbara outshot Denver, 31-4, unleashed 17 second-half shots and took 11 corner kicks to none for the Pioneers (9-7-4). Denver put just one shot on target.
UCSB, which will stage next month's final four, advances to Sunday's second-round clash at Pac-10 champion Cal (12-2-3), the national No. 6 seed.
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.