Los Angeles Soccer: Point Loma Nazarene

COLLEGE: Lee again ends APU's run

December, 2, 2011
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Azusa Pacific was again stopped one game short of a title shot, falling to Lee in the NAIA women's semifinals for the second straight year.


Lee (22-2-0), from Cleveland, Tenn., aims for its fourth straight championship after Ashley Aragona and Jordan Woody scored goals in a 2-0 triumph over the second-seeded Cougars (16-3-2) in Decatur, Ga.

“We couldn’t finish today, and I knew it would be hard to contain their forwards,” APU coach Jason Surrell, whose team had a 14-12 shot advantage but put just four on target, told his school's athletics website. “I was surprised we didn’t score because of how many chances we had.”

The third-seeded Flames meet Concordia (19-4-1) of Portland, Ore., in the final. Concordia beat APU's Golden State Athletic Conference rival Point Loma Nazarene in the other semifinal.

Aragona scored in the 21st minute, and Woody doubled the advantage in the 74th after Lee goalkeeper Leah Wilson made big second-half saves on Heidi Witschi and Brittany Flanagan.

Lee beat Azusa Pacific, 1-0, in last year's semifinals.

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APU romps into NAIA semifinals

November, 30, 2011
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Natalie Sun scored two early goals Wednesday and Azusa Pacific didn't allow a shot while tying a program record with its 15th shutout of the season to move into an NAIA women's soccer tournament semifinal.

Sun scored twice in the first 20 minutes as the second-seeded Cougars (15-2-2) romped to a 4-0 quarterfinal victory over Mobile, Ala. (19-4-1) in Decatur, Ala., to set up a rematch with three-time defending champion Lee (21-2-0).

“We looked strong from start to finish,” APU coach Jason Surrell told his school's athletics website. “Conditions were better today and had good team defending again. We were solid and helped when we needed to.”

Sun also assisted a Heidi Witschi goal, and Molly Lavin also tallied for APU, which held a 13-0 shot advantage over Mobile's high-powered attack, which came in averaging 2.91 goals per game.

“We had a game plan going in. We knew their forwards were really good in the air, so we just kept that in mind and worked together as a team,” sophomore defender Danielle Ross said. “Our goal every game is to get a shutout and give up as few shots on goal as possible.”

Third-seeded Lee, from Cleveland, Tenn., advanced to the final four with a 2-0 win over Embry-Riddle, Fla. The Flames beat Azusa Pacific, 1-0, in last year's semifinals, but the Cougars won a rematch, 2-1, in Portland, Ore., in late August.

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COLLEGE: APU men fall in NAIA

November, 29, 2011
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Azusa Pacific is out of the NAIA men's championships after a 2-1 loss to Science & Arts of Oklahoma in a second-round game in Orange Beach, Ala.

The Cougars (13-4-3) were down by two goals before halftime, then tightened their defense and dictated play the final 45 minutes. A late goal by Jeremy Bishop (Glendora/Glendora HS), with three minutes to play, was all they could get.

Dasan Rasovic scored in the 14th minute and Scott Parkinson in the 36th for Science & Arts, which took 13 first-half shots but only three after halftime.

The Drovers (18-4-0) will face No. 1 Hastings, Neb. (22-1-0) in a quarterfinal Wednesday, a rematch of a 2009 first-round game won by Hastings. USAO reached the quarterfinals last season.

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COLLEGE: Cal State L.A. falls short

November, 19, 2011
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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.

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UCI waits on Big West title

November, 2, 2011
11/02/11
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Miguel Ibarra's second-half goal Tuesday night carried UC Irvine past Cal Poly. Now the Anteaters must play a waiting game.

Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS) finished a feed from his former Taft College teammate Christian Hernandez (Palmdale/Palmdale HS) in the 56th minute to give No. 14 UCI (14-5-1) a 1-0 victory in San Luis Obispo -- and a home assignment for next week's Big West Conference men's soccer tournament semifinals.

The Anteaters, who wrapped up their Big West campaign at 6-3-1, are four points above UC Davis (5-3) and No. 17 UC Santa Barbara (5-4) in the conference standings. The Gauchos can't catch UCI, but Davis has two games left -- and one victory and one tie Wednesday against last-place Cal State Fullerton and Saturday at UC Riverside -- would be enough to catch up.

Davis beat Irvine and would be the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament if they shared the regular-season title.

All four tournament berths were clinched Tuesday, thanks to Irvine's victory and UC Santa Barbara's 3-2 triumph at Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos and UC Riverside will join Irvine and Davis in Wednesday's semifinals.

CSUN and Cal Poly were eliminated from contention.

Luis Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) scored twice, including a deflected shot that found the net with 19 seconds to go in overtime, to lift UC Santa Barbara.

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COLLEGE: UCLA, UCSB fall in upsets

October, 23, 2011
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Big West Conference rivals Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside pulled off stunning upsets Saturday night, winning on the road against Southern California's most storied programs.

The Matadors rallied for a 3-2 nonconference triumph at eighth-ranked UCLA, and Riverside beat No. 16 UC Santa Barbara -- also by a 3-2 scoreline -- for the second time this season.

Northridge (7-7-1) halted the Bruins' second five-game winning streak of the campaign. Riverside (8-5-2) handed the Gauchos their second successive Big West loss, leaving the national power in danger of missing the conference and NCAA tournaments.

In Westwood, Jose Luis Garcia (Sun Valley/Poly HS) set up goals by Brian Behrad (Woodland Hills/Taft HS) in the 83rd minute and Edwin Rivas (Los Angeles/Santee Educational Complex) in the 87th as Northridge rallied from a late deficit.

Freshman Christian Gonzalez Diaz (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) gave the Matadors a 34th-minute lead, but Chandler Hoffman netted his 12th and 13th goals of the season in the next 10 minutes to push UCLA (10-4-1) ahead.

In Santa Barbara, Cesar Diaz Pizzarro (Chino/Ayala HS) scored in the 72nd minute to lift Riverside (8-5-2), which climbed to third place in the Big West.

UC Santa Barbara (9-5-1) rallied twice from deficits, with Luis Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) scoring his 10th goal of the year and setting up Sam Garza for another, but couldn't hold off the Highlanders.

Richie Osborne provided the first lead, about midway through the first half, and Jon-Paul Medina made it 2-1 in the 63rd.

In other men's action:

  • Freshman Cameron Iwasa tallied three minutes into overtime to send Big West co-leader UC Irvine (13-4-0) to a 1-0 victory over Orange County rival Cal State Fullerton (7-5-3). Jimmy Turner (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) played his 76th career game for the seventh-ranked Anteaters, fifth-most in program history.

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COLLEGE: No. 7 UCI tops No. 10 UCSB

October, 2, 2011
10/02/11
10:13
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UC Irvine netted two second-half goals to win its men's soccer showdown Saturday night at UC Santa Barbara, sending the Gauchos -- a perennial national power -- to their second loss in the young Big West Conference season.

Miguel Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS) broke a scoreless draw in the 67th minute and Lester Hayes III added a second in the 80th for the seventh-ranked Anteaters (9-2-0), who bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Cal Poly in the conference opener Wednesday.

UC Santa Barbara (6-3-1), which was upset by UC Riverside in its Big West opener, nearly scored twice in front of 5,417 fans at Harder Stadium, but Irvine goalkeeper Andrew Fontein tipped a Sam Garza blast over his crossbar in the first half, and David Opoku shot just wide in a 1-on-1 opportunity in the second half.

The loss ended UCSB's 16-game home unbeaten streak.

In other men's action:
  • Carlos Benavides (Woodland Hills/El Camino Real HS) assisted goals by Yarden Azulay, Christian Gonzalez Diaz (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) and Edwin Rivas (Los Angeles/Santee Educational Complex), and Cal State Northridge (5-4-1) vaulted atop the Big West standings with its second 3-0 triumph, an upset of visiting Cal State Fullerton (6-2-2). The Matadors had a 28-14 edge in shots, and Fullerton lost star midfielder Kevin Venegas (Lakewood/Los Alamitos HS) to an 82nd-minute red card.
  • Matt Weisenfarth's goal just 52 seconds into the game was enough for UC Davis in a Big West Conference victory over visiting UC Riverside (6-3-1).
  • Danny Day, Gabe Ramirez (Pasadena/Crescenta Valley HS) and Charles Izydorek (Redlands/Arrowhead Christian HS) scored goals and Redlands (8-3-0) improved to 5-0-0 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 3-0 victory over defending champ Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6-3-1). The Stags outshot Redlands, 27-14, and had a 10-3 advantage on corner kicks.

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