Los Angeles Soccer: Oktay Bulut
Cal State L.A.'s bid for the NCAA Division II men's soccer final four came up empty. The Golden Eagles couldn't come back Saturday afternoon in Durango, Colo.
Third-ranked Fort Lewis (22-1-0) advanced to its fifth D2 final four with a 2-0 victory as Kosta Kordistos scored on headers in the 17th and 56th minutes. It was the first loss for Cal State L.A. (15-2-6) since Sept. 25 and ended its 14-game unbeaten streak.
This was the Golden Eagles' first quarterfinal since 1981.
The Skyhawks (21-1-0) will meet Millersville, Pa. (14-6-2) in a Dec. 1 semifinal in Pensacola, Fla. New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce (21-0-1) and Lynn, Fla. (14-4-2) face off in the other semi.
In other men's action:
- Oktay Bulut scored an equalizer at the end of the first half and set up the go-ahead strike by Leonardo Grigg (La Verne/Bonita HS) at the start of the second, and Azusa Pacific (13-3-3) advanced to the NAIA tournament's 16-team main draw in Orange Beach, Ala., with a 4-1 first-round victory over visiting Cal State San Marcos (10-7-1). The Cougars will face Science & Arts of Oklahoma (17-4-0) in a second-round game Nov. 29.
Ramos scored in the 44th minute and assisted the 60th-minute strike off a corner kick by Brian Behrdad (Woodland Hills/Taft HS) to pull the Matadors (2-3-1) even.
Star striker Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS) netted his seventh and eighth goals of the season for Bakersfield (2-0-2), tallying in the 26th and 30th minute.
In other men's action:
- Trenton Titus (Chino Hills/Ayala HS) assisted three goals and Carlos Garcia-Partida and Oktay Bulut netted their fourths of the season as Azusa Pacific (4-1-0), No. 7 in the NAIA poll, routed St. Xavier (Ill.), 5-0.
- Jorge Serrano (Sylmar/Sylmar HS and College of the Canyons) scored one first-half goal and assisted three more to lead NAIA No. 15 The Master's (6-0-0) in a 7-0 romp over Arizona Christian.
- David Taylor scored a hat trick in 13˝ minutes, carrying defending conference champ Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-1-0) to a 3-1 victory over Cal Lutheran (0-4-0) in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association opener.
- Whittier (1-3-0) also won its first conference game, a 2-1 win over La Verne (1-2-0) as Srdan Jovanovic's second goal arrived in overtime. Nick Eary scored twice as Redlands (2-2-0) scored six against Pomona-Pitzer (1-3-0). Occidental (1-2-0) also won.
In women´s action:
- Erin Edmonds and Traci Lopez scored goals as Pomona-Pitzer (3-0-0) surprised Redlands (2-1-1), ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA Division III poll, with a 2-0 triumph in a SCIAC opener.
- Freshman Taylor Will scored twice as defending SCIAC regular-season champ Cal Lutheran (4-1-0) romped, 4-0, over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-1-2). La Verne (2-1-2) also won.
UC Santa Barbara transfer Christian Ramirez scored his sixth and seventh goals of the weekend to lead Concordia University in a 5-1 NAIA romp Monday over Rancho Palos Verdes' Marymount College in Irvine.
Ramirez (Garden Grove/La Quinta), who has eight goals in four games, set a school record with five goals, along with two assists, in Friday's 10-0 rout of William Jessup. He also scored in a 1-0 victory last weekend at Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
The former youth-soccer star -- a Cal South Player of the Year and ODP Region IV captain who played for Irvine Strikers, Pateadores and San Diego Surf -- scored one goal in 24 games over two seasons at UCSB before arriving at Concordia this summer.
Concordia is 3-1-0. Marymount, after three losses to teams from the powerhouse Golden State Athletic Conference, is 1-3-0.
In other men's action:
- Marco Ruvalcaba (La Mirada/La Mirada HS) scored two goals and assisted a third as Biola (3-0-0) crunched visiting Whittier, 4-0.
- Oktay Bulut scored twice to lead Azusa Pacific (3-1-0) a 3-1 victory over Rocky Mountain (Mont.) at conference rival Westmont's tournament in Santa Barbara.
In women's action:
- Azusa Pacific (3-0-1), ranked second in NAIA (but with a victory over No. 1 Lee), was held to a 0-0 draw at NCAA Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-0-2).
- Concordia (Ore.), the No. 3 NAIA team, beat No. 9 The Master's (3-2-0) as Alex Thomas and Alex Blalock scored goals.
- Kate Lilly twice gave Chapman (0-1-1) leads, but Melanie Gaither answered both as George Fox claimed a 2-2 draw in Orange.
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.