Los Angeles Soccer: Redlands

COLLEGE: Lifetime honor for Perez

January, 13, 2012
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Ralph Perez, the former U.S. Soccer staff coach and Galaxy assistant who has kept the University of Redlands' men's program Southern California's reigning Division III powerhouse, will be honored at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Perez, a Southern California coaching legend who serves as analyst on television broadcasts of Galaxy matches, on Saturday will receive the Walt Chyzowych Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement.

“When I received the phone call about earning this prestigious award, my first reaction was an overwhelming sense of humility,” Perez, who began his coaching career at Whittier College in 1974, said in an NSCAA release announcing the award. “I am simply honored to receive this award for the simple fact of the name that is attached to it. Walt Chyzowych was a mentor of mine as well as to the game of soccer in America. What Chyzowych did for the game of soccer in America, no one can come close to matching his contributions, and that is what makes me so happy to be honored. ...

“It was always a dream of mine to give back to the game of soccer. Back in 1974, it was never in my wildest dreams that I would be recognized on this level of stature.”

Perez started the men's program at Cal State L.A., the women's program at Cal State San Bernardino and guided the programs at Cal State Fullerton and Santa Clara. He is 99-24-10 in six seasons at Redlands, with three 20-win seasons, four NCAA tournament appearances and five Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles.

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No. 8: UCLA returns to College Cup

December, 25, 2011
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UCLA's Chandler Hoffman battles North Carolina's Enzo Martinez in the NCAA semifinals.

Counting down the 11 biggest 2011 stories in Southern California soccer ...


UCLA's soccer programs might be forgiven for thinking of NCAA College Cup appearances as some sort of birthright. The Bruins' programs have long been among the nation's best, with the men winning four national championships and the women making it to final four eight times in 10 years through 2009.

But the men hadn't been to championship weekend since 2006, when they were upset in the title game by UC Santa Barbara despite talent that begged for trophies. They were stopped one game short the past two seasons.

2011 was a return to normalcy, perhaps. With a startling amount of ability returning from last year's quarterfinalists and a refined scheme, emphasizing a beautiful possession game, directed by head coach Jorge Salcedo, the Bruins absorbed early lessons, built momentum en route to the Pacific 12 Conference title, then sprinted through the postseason, shutting out every foe, en route to the program's 13th College Cup appearance.

Chandler Hoffman, with a terrific support group led by returning All-American Kelyn Rowe, midfield general Andy Rose and a defense anchored by top goalkeeper Brian Rowe, was responsible for the goals, 18 in all, as the Bruins took an eight-game shutout streak to Birmingham, Ala., the junior striker's hometown.

The Bruins (18-4-2) got no further -- they conceded equalizers twice and lost on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the semifinals with North Carolina, which won the championship -- but laid groundwork for return trips. They expect to be back in 2012.

UCLA's men highlighted a outstanding fall for local college sides.

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COLLEGE: Our all-area teams

December, 25, 2011
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UCLA's Chandler Hoffman scored goals by the bunches on a quest to go home. Nadia Link netted nearly as many to take Long Beach State to unprecedented heights. Christian Ramirez dazzled for Concordia. And Fabiola da Silva prodded Cal Baptist to a national championship.

Fabiola Da Silva
Rachel McDaniel/CBU SportsBrazilian midfielder Fabiola da Silva led Cal Baptist to the NCCAA national title.

They're ESPN Los Angeles College Players of the Year after superb fall campaigns on local fields.

We selected men's and women's teams, one for players from 10 local NCAA Division I institutions and another for players from 24 NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and unaffiliated schools.

Our coaches of the year in Division I are Junior Gonzalez, who led the remarkable turnaround by UC Riverside's men, and Tim Ward, whose Pepperdine women were a top-five team during the regular season. In the lower divisions, it's Ralph Perez, who took Redlands' men to 20 wins and NCAA Division III third-round berth, and Kristen St. Clair, who presided over a superb transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, with the Pacific West Conference title and National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Division I national crown.

The freshmen of the year: Cal State Northridge's Edwin Rivas and UCLA's Abby Dahlkemper in D1, Cal Baptist's Michael Salazar and Cal Lutheran's Taylor Will in D2/D3/NAIA.

Here are our inaugural postseason all-star teams:

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COLLEGE: Men's all-conference teams

November, 28, 2011
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UCLA's Kelyn Rowe is the Pacific 12 Conference Player of the Year and Bruins coach Jorge Salcedo, a former Bruins (and Major League Soccer) star from Cerritos, is Coach of the Year.

In the Big West Conference, UC Irvine's Miguel Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS) and UC Riverside's Cesar Diaz Pizarro (Chino/Ayala HS) were co-Offensive Players of the Year. UCI's Andrew Fontein was honored as top goalkeeper, and Riverside's Nat Gonzalez was Coach of the Year. UC Santa Barbara's Luis Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) won Midfielder of the Year honors, and James Kiffe was the best defender.

California Collegiate Athletic Association champion Cal State L.A. dominated the league's awards, with UC Santa Barbara transfer Taylor Rivas (Lancaster/Lancaster HS) winning for Most Valuable Defensive Player, Rosario Bras for Newcomer of the Year and Chris Chamides as Coach of the Year. Cal Poly Pomona star Luis Gonzalez (Long Beach/Millikan HS and Cerritos College) was the Most Valuable Offensive Player.

Redlands' Cody Carlson (Burbank/Burbank HS) is the Southern California Collegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year.

Here are all of the local men's all-conference teams:

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COLLEGE: USD stuns UCLA, faces L.B.

November, 18, 2011
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UCLA rallied for an early deficit and stood one kick from victory, but it wasn't enough Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament.


The second-ranked Bruins' miscues from the penalty spot were deadly, and West Coast Conference co-champion San Diego took advantage to advance to the sweet 16, by a 3-2 tally, following a 1-1 draw.

UCLA (16-1-4) had won 30 successive NCAA tournament home games.

Long Beach State (17-5-1) will be the Toreros' foe in Sunday's third-round clash at UCLA's Drake Field after a 1-0 triumph over Miami in Friday's opener.

Freshman Mariah Butera gave San Diego (12-7-2) a lead less than a minute and a half into the game, and it held off the Bruins until the final minutes. Jenna Richmond's shot off the post in the 80th minute forced overtime, and penalty kicks followed 20 minutes of scoreless soccer.

Both teams missed their first two shots, but Sam Mewis and Charney Burk (Tustin/Foothill HS) connected to give UCLA a 2-1 advantage after four of five shootout rounds. Caprice Dydasco, with a chance to send the Bruins through, missed to start the fifth round, and Stephanie Ochs pulled USD even.

UCLA's Chelsea Stewart missed on the next shot, and the Toreros prevailed when Elissa Magracia converted.

Long Beach State, which last weekend at Pepperdine notched its first NCAA women's soccer victory, won on sophomore left back Kelsey Wilson's 40-yard blast inside the far post with about 10 minutes to go. Miami, which also won its first NCAA game last week, finished 10-8-1.

In other women's action:
  • Cal State L.A. (13-4-4) watched its season end on penalties after another defensive battle with California Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Chico State (12-6-5), which won, 4-3, on the eighth round of the shootout following a 0-0 draw. The Wildcats, who beat Cal State L.A. in the CCAA tournament, on Sunday takes on Abilene Christian (20-1-1), which in the first game rallied from a halftime deficit for a 2-1 victory over Dallas Baptist (16-6-1). Ashley Holton's goal six minutes into overtime was the difference.

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COLLEGE: A heavy Southland slate

November, 14, 2011
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It's MLS Cup week in Southern California, with the Galaxy taking on the Houston Dynamo on Sunday evening in Carson. It's hardly the only big game in town.

There are another 19 matches, in the NCAA, NAIA and NCCAA tournaments, slated for the L.A. area on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Redlands received word Monday that it will be home for the third round and quarterfinals in the NCAA Division III tournament -- the Bulldogs meet Calvin, from Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, and the winner faces Randolph or Texas-Tyler in Saturday's showdown for a final-four berth.

UCLA's and Cal State L.A.'s women are staging four-school quartets Friday and Sunday, and UCLA's, UC Irvine's and UC Santa Barbara's men will be home for their NCAA openers Sunday.

There also are three NAIA teams (Azusa Pacific's men and women and Concordia's women) at home for first-round games Saturday, and regional play in the NCCAA tournament -- for Christian schools -- set for Friday and Saturday.

Here's the full list of games this week:
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Thursday
NCCAA: Trinity Lutheran (12-4-1) at Cal Baptist (13-5-0), 1 p.m.
NCCAA: Hope International (7-7-2) at The Master's (10-5-3), 1 p.m.

Friday
D3: Randolph (19-5-0) vs. Texas-Tyler (17-2-2) at Redlands, 5 p.m.
D3: Calvin (17-5-1) at Redlands (20-3-1), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
NAIA:
Biola (13-5-2) at Hannibal-LaGrange (16-4-0), 11 a.m.
D2: Cal State L.A. (15-1-6) at Fort Lewis (20-1-0), noon
NCCAA: Cal Baptist/Trinity Lutheran vs. The Master's/Hope International at Cal Baptist, 1 p.m.
NAIA: Cal State San Marcos (10-6-1) at Azusa Pacific (12-3-3), 1:30 p.m.
D3: Redlands/Calvin vs. Randolph/Texas-Tyler at Redlands, 5 p.m.

Sunday
D1:
St. Mary's (8-6-5) or Cal State Bakersfield (12-3-5) at UC Irvine (16-5-1), 5 p.m.
D1: Dartmouth (8-5-4) or Providence (10-7-1) at UC Santa Barbara (14-6-1), 5 p.m.
D1: Delaware (12-5-4) or Virginia (12-7-1) at UCLA (15-4-1), 7 p.m.
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Friday
D2:
Chico State (12-6-4) at Cal State L.A. (13-4-3), noon
D2: Abilene Christian (19-1-1) vs. Dallas Baptist (16-5-1) at Cal State L.A., 2:30 p.m.
D1: Long Beach State (16-5-1) vs. Miami (10-7-1) at UCLA, 5 p.m.
D1: San Diego (12-7-1) at UCLA (15-1-3), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday
NAIA:
Ottawa, Kan. (10-7-3) at Azusa Pacific (13-2-2), 11 a.m.
NAIA: Graceland (10-6-3) at Concordia (13-5-1), 1:30 p.m.

Sunday
D1:
UCLA/San Diego vs. Long Beach State/Miami at UCLA, 2 p.m.
D2: Cal State L.A./Chico State vs. Abilene Christian/Dallas Baptist at Cal State L.A., 2 p.m.

COLLEGE: Redlands tops CMS in NCAAs

November, 13, 2011
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Redlands' dominance of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in men's soccer extended into the NCAA Division III tournament. The Bulldogs advanced to the sweet 16 Sunday evening with a 3-0 rout of rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, their third victory in four meetings this season.

Nick Eary converted a third-minute penalty kick, Charles Izydorek (Redlands/Arrowhead Christian Academy) doubled the lead in the 30th, and Gabe Ramirez (Pasadena/Crescenta Valley HS) added a late goal as Redlands (20-3-1) extended its unbeaten streak to 19 games.

The Bulldogs will face Calvin (17-5-1), of Grand Rapids, Mich., which reached the round of 16 for third year in a row with a 4-0 romp at No. 12 Loras. The game will be paired with another -- Randolph (19-5-0) vs. No. 22 Texas-Tyler (17-2-2) -- and the site will be announced Monday.

The tournament appears wide open after four schools among the top seven in the Division III rankings -- No. 1 Messiah, No. 3 Christopher Newport, No. 5 Trinity, Texas, and No. 7 St. Olaf -- lost in their NCAA openers. No. 8 Dominican, Ill., fell in its second-round game.

The Stags (14-6-2) held Redlands to a 1-1 draw in their meeting eight days ago, then prevailed on penalties to win the SCIAC tournament.

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COLLEGE: Link lifts L.B. past Waves

November, 13, 2011
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MALIBU -- Nadia Link has netted some wonderful goals this season, but few as sweet -- and none as important -- as her bending blast Saturday afternoon at Pepperdine.


Link fired into the far corner of the net with 13 seconds to go in the first overtime period to lift Long Beach State to a 1-0 triumph over the seventh-ranked Waves in an NCAA Division I tournament opener.

It was the first NCAA victory in 49ers history, and the first over a top-10 opponent, and it was product on Link's twisting shot and five big saves by goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gustaves.

“That's seven years of work -- seven and a half years ...,” said Long Beach State coach Mauricio Ingrassia, who has the 49ers in the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. “We had a couple of injuries [when we lost in the first round to San Diego] in '08. And last year we played our best game of the year against Santa Clara, but [their goalkeeper] had the game of her life. This year we felt we had the experience. It would have been very painful to be 0-3 in the tournament without scoring a goal.”

The goal was a beauty. Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) received a pass from midfielder Sidney Garza (Ventura /Buena HS), took the ball up the left flank, then cut inside along the top of the Waves box, where she found uncommon space.

She's a left-footer, but the shot was on her right, and it twisted away -- “corkscrewed,” is how Pepperdine coach Tim Ward put it -- toward the upper-right. Waves goalkeeper Roxanne Barker (Irvine/Woodbridge HS) never had a chance.

“The team was asking why did I wait so long,” said Link, who tied the school record with her 16th goal of the season. “I saw the pass coming from Sidney Garza, and all I heard was Mauricio saying, 'Take it down the line!' And I remember thinking, 'That's a long way.' ... It went in, and I don't even remember celebrating. I was too busy crying.”

Said Ward: “A moment was going to decide the game, and that moment [belonged to] Nadia Link. ... A great player scored a great goal to beat us.”

Link described the odd path of her shot as “the unpredictability of my right foot.”

The strike brought a dramatic end to a tight, thrilling clash marked by superb defense in the boxes, with Long Beach State's backline -- especially center back Jordan Nelson (Garden Grove/Pacifica HS and Loyola Marymount) -- doing well to get in the way of shots by Lynn Williams and Laura Cole (Whittier/La Habra HS).

Gustaves (Long Beach/Wilson HS) came up big five times, including a double-save, the second with her foot, on Amanda LeCave after an uncharacteristic giveaway by defender Alex Balcer. The goalkeeper followed up by snagging a long shot by right back Michelle Pao, Pepperdine's most dangerous attacker, then made two diving saves on Williams in the second half.

Long Beach advances to a second-round clash Friday against Miami (10-7-1), a 3-2 winner over Alabama, at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

In other women's action:
  • Freshman Kylie McCarthy knocked home a 65th-minute rebound as No. 2 UCLA (16-1-3) scored a 1-0 victory over visiting New Mexico (12-5-4) in an NCAA Division I first-round game. The Bruins limited the Mountain West Conference champion to three shots, just two on target, in a dominant performance en route to a second-round clash Friday in Westwood against San Diego.

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NCAA Tournament primer

November, 9, 2011
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Here's a rundown of the 11 local schools that have qualified for NCAA soccer tournaments:

  • DIVISION I WOMEN

LONG BEACH STATE
Coach:
Mauricio Ingrassia
Record: 15-5-1 (Big West runner-up and tournament champion)
Ranking: Receiving votes
Home field: George Allen Field (Long Beach)
Three players to watch: M Shawna Gordon (Rancho Cucamonga/Los Osos HS), F Nicole Hubbard (Lakewood/Mayfair HS), F Nadia Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS)
NCAA opener: Saturday at Pepperdine, 1:30 p.m.
Quick look: Throw out one tough weekend, while the 49ers were engulfed in the Seal Beach tragedy, and Long Beach might be top 20 with just three losses and a Big West double. Link has 15 goals, 10 assists, and Gordon might be the smoothest center midfielder in Southern California.

PEPPERDINE
Coach:
Tim Ward
Record: 15-1-4 (WCC co-champion)

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NCAA has Redlands-CMS on target

November, 7, 2011
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Southern California's best Division III soccer rivalry might have another chapter to be written this season.

No. 15 Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps are on target for a fourth meeting this season after both were included in the NCAA men's tournament field announced Monday. If they win their openers Saturday on the Bulldogs' Farguhar Fields, the showdown will be Sunday at 5 p.m.

Claremont (14-5-1) beat Redlands (18-3-1) on penalties to snare the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title and its automatic NCAA berth, and Bulldogs coach Ralph Perez was happy to see his team's name in the bracket.

“It's the first time that I know of that [the SCIAC] has gotten two teams,” said Perez, whose team is unbeaten in 17 games and had a perfect regular-season conference record. “We don't get the kind of respect that we deserve. Last year I thought we should have been in -- we were 13-3-2 and won conference -- so to get in this year, we're ecstatic.”

Claremont has beaten Redlands in the conference tournament two years running, although this year's result officially goes into the books as a draw.

“We just happened to hit penalty kicks better than they did ...,” said Stags coach Dan Calichman, the former Galaxy captain, whose team lost both league meetings with Redlands. “They had a great year this year, but it's hard to beat a team three times.”

The game hinged on an overtime penalty kick, with Claremont goalkepeeper Ricky Doar denying Cody Carlson's would-be winner.

Both schools have work to do to set up another showdown. Redlands opens the tournament against Northwest Conference co-champion Pacific Lutheran (15-3-0), from Tacoma. Claremont faces Chapman (11-4-3), from Orange), in the second game Saturday at Redlands.

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UCLA, UCI, Pepperdine at home

November, 7, 2011
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The new format for the NCAA's Division I women's soccer tournament has its benefits and disadvantages, as the locals discovered when the 64-team pairings were unveiled Monday.

Three schools -- No. 4 UCLA, No. 8 Pepperdine and No. 24 UC Irvine -- were awarded first-round home games. But only one Southern California side can get to the quarterfinals.

The biggest matchup, from our perspective, pits Big West Conference tournament champion Long Beach State (15-5-1) at West Coast Conference co-champion Pepperdine (15-1-4), one of four national No. 3 seeds. Kickoff is Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Pacific 12 runner-up UCLA (15-1-3), which is seeded second in the same bracket, will be home Saturday night against New Mexico (12-4-4), and Big West regular-season titlist UC Irvine (14-4-2) is home against WCC co-champ San Diego (12-7-0) on Friday at 7 p.m.

The format this season calls for 32 opening-round home games, with the winners advancing into eight second- and third-round quartets. Previously, the tournament opened with 16 first- and second-round quartets.

The winners of the three SoCal matchups will join Miami (9-7-1) and Alabama (10-8-3) in a quartet Nov. 18 and 20, likely at UCLA if the Bruins win.

Receiving No. 1 seedings are top-ranked Stanford (19-0-1) and three Atlantic Coast Conference teams, none of them North Carolina -- it's Duke (17-3-1), Wake Forest (14-3-4) and Florida State (14-6-1). The Tar Heels (11-5-1), winners of 21 of 30 top-tier national titles, are a No. 3 seed.

There are two Pac-12 vs. WCC matchups: Cal at Santa Clara and Portland at Oregon State.

DIVISION III: Redlands' men and Cal Lutheran's women will stage first-round quartets in the D3 tournament. Redlands' features thee SoCal schools.

The Bulldogs (18-3-1), 15th in the D3 poll, take on No. 20 Pacific Lutheran (15-3-0) in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (14-5-1) taking on Chapman (11-4-3) in the second game. The winners meet Sunday.

Cal Lutheran (20-1-1) will open Saturday against UC Santa Cruz (7-6-2), which it's beaten twice this year. The winner faces the Puget Sound (14-3-2)-Concordia Morehead (12-3-5) victor Sunday.

The Division II men's and women's rankings will be out later Monday afternoon.

COLLEGE: Claremont stuns Redlands on PKs

November, 6, 2011
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps did it again, prevailing at the finish against Redlands to claim the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III men's tournament.

The Stags (13-5-2), guided by original Galaxy captain Dan Calichman, outfired regular-season champion Redlands (18-3-1) in a penalty-kick shootout following a 1-1 draw on the road. It's the third straight year Claremont has beaten the Bulldogs in the SCIAC title game.

The teams traded goals 85 seconds apart midway through the second half, and Claremont stayed alive when goalkeeper Ricky Doar saved a penalty kick by Cody Carlson (Burbank/Burbank HS), after Daniel Price (Quartz Hill/Quartz Hill HS) was red-carded, with 2:40 remaining in overtime.

Matej Kustura scored for Redlands, which is No. 14 in the D3 rankings, in the 63rd minute. Eric Bean's header pulled the Stags even in the 64th.

Claremont had a 4-2 edge in the shootout, clinching when Jaison Kimura converted in the fourth couplet.

In other men's action:

  • Cal Baptist (13-5-0) won a share of the Pacific West Conference title in its first season at the NCAA Division II level, clinching as Osvaldo Bastida (Anaheim/Katella HS) and Marc Hope scored second-half goals in a 3-1 victory over Dixie State (8-8-2). The Lancers, who went 10-2 to finish even with Hawaii Pacific in PacWest play, are still in their transition period and not eligible for the NCAA tournament, but they will play in the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament.
  • Edgar Orozco (Santa Ana/Santa Ana HS, Corona HS and Golden West College) struck twice in the first 16 minutes and No. 13 Concordia (14-3-1) built a three-goal lead in the second half en route to a 4-2 romp over No. 10 Azusa Pacific (12-3-3) in a Golden State Athletic Conference tournament semifinal. UC Santa Barbara transfer Christian Ramirez (Garden Grove/La Quinta HS) had an assist hat trick for the Eagles, who will be home against Biola in the title game next Saturday.
  • Cameroonian freshman Collins Egbe scored in the 84th minute and fifth-seeded Biola (12-5-2) topped No. 21 Fresno Pacific (12-6-0), the GSAC regular-season champ, in the tournament semifinals.

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Redlands, CMS in SCIAC final

November, 3, 2011
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Top-seeded Redlands and No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps romped to easy victories in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's soccer tournament openers Wednesday night to set up a showdown for a berth in the NCAA Division III championship bracket.

Charles Izydorek (Redlands/Arrowhead Christian Academy) scored his 13th goals of the season just before halftime, then set up Alex Laughton as Redlands (18-3-0) pulled away to a 3-0 victory over visiting Pomona-Pitzer (10-9-0). Cody Carlson (Burbank/Burbank HS) scored his 12th for the Bulldogs, who will be home for Saturday's tournament title game.

Connor Doyle (Hidden Hills/Calabasas HS) scored twice and drew a penalty kick for a third goal to lead Claremont (13-5-1) in a 4-0 rout of Whittier (9-9-0), setting up a rematch of last year's tournament final, won by the Stags.

Redlands, ranked 15th in the Division III poll, won its second successive SCIAC regular-season title, going 12-0 in conference play with two victories over Claremont -- 3-0 at home and 3-1 away.

In other men's action:

  • UC Irvine clinched a share of the Big West Conference title when Jesse Vega (Whittier/La Serna HS) quickly answered a UC Davis strike to give visiting Cal State Fullerton (7-6-5) a 1-1 draw. Dan Reese provided a 70th-minute lead for Davis (5-3-1 BWC), which would win a tiebreaker with UCI (6-3-1 BWC) for the top seed in the conference tournament if it beats UC Riverside in its regular-season finale. Vega scored less than three minutes later -- and just 48 seconds after Mark Vasquez (Fullerton/Whittier Christian HS) was red-carded, leaving the Titans a man down. Two more red cards, one for each side, were issued in overtime.

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UCR tops UCI; UCD in command

October, 30, 2011
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Cesar Diaz Pizarro struck with 2― minutes to play Friday night, and UC Riverside completed a comeback for a 3-2 men's soccer triumph at UC Irvine, its third victory this season over a nationally ranked opponent.

The triumph leaves the Highlanders (9-5-2), who have twice beaten UC Santa Barbara this season, in position to qualify for the Big West Conference tournament and took command of the league's title race from ninth-ranked Irvine (13-5-1) and gave it to second-place UC Davis.

UCR twice rallied from deficits, with Jose Diaz (Corona/Santiago HS) answering Cameron Iwasa's early goal and Humberto Santiago scoring in the 79th minute to pull the Highlanders even after Christian Hernandez (Palmdale/Palmdale HS) provided a 2-1 edge to the Anteaters in the 68th.

Pizarro (Chino/Ayala HS) scored his team-best ninth goal -- and school-record eighth career winning goal -- in the 88th minute.

UCI remains atop the standings with 16 points from a 5-3-1 conference record, but UC Davis (5-3), one point behind, has two games remaining, one more than the Anteaters. UCR (4-3-2) and UC Santa Barbara (4-4) also are in the race.

In other men's action:

  • Luis Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) scored twice and assisted two more goals as UC Santa Barbara (11-5-1) held on for a 4-3 victory at Cal State Fullerton (7-6-4) to climb into fourth place, putting the Gauchos into position to qualify for the Big West tournament. UCSB finishes its regular season with games against Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly, its closest pursuers.
  • Cal State Northridge (7-7-3) settled for its second successive scoreless draw, against visiting Cal Poly, and sits fifth, one spot outside a Big West tournament berth, with two games to go.
  • Paul Islas tallied twice and Fresno Pacific held on for a 4-3 victory over Concordia (12-3-1), No. 8 in the NAIA rankings, in a showdown for the Golden State Athletic Conference title. Edgar Orozco (Santa Ana/Santa Ana HS, Corona HS and Golden West College) scored twice and added an assist for the Eagles.

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COLLEGE: 0-0 sends UCI to the top

October, 27, 2011
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A scoreless draw was enough to give UC Irvine command of the Big West Conference race.

The ninth-ranked Anteaters (13-4-1) held off a late Cal State Northridge push in the Valley to notch their seventh shutout of the season and improve to 5-2-1 in the Big West, giving them a one-point lead over UC Davis (5-3), which lost at UC Santa Barbara. The Matadors are 7-7-2.

UC Irvine has two games remaining -- Saturday at home against UC Riverside and Tuesday at Cal Poly -- and likely will need victories in both to claim the conference crown.

In other menīs action:

  • Tim Pontius (Yorba Linda/Servite HS) scored twice to lead UC Santa Barbara (10-5-1) to a 3-1 win over UC Davis, knocking the Aggies to second place in the Big West.
  • Cesar Diaz Pizarro (Chino/Ayala HS) scored in the 65th minute to give UC Riverside (8-5-3) a 1-1 Big West draw with visiting Cal State Fullerton (7-5-4). Oscar Aguero (Anaheim/Katella HS) tallied in the first half for the Titans.
  • Gabe Ramirez (Pasadena/Crescenta Valley HS) set up goals by Evan Keny-Guyer and Richie Marquez (Pomona/Bloomington HS) as Redlands (16-3-0), the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion, romped to a 3-1 victory at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (8-4-1).

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