Los Angeles Soccer: Santa Clara
The eighth-ranked Waves (15-1-4) claimed their first conference title since 2002 when San Diego routed Santa Clara, 3-0, knocking the seventh-ranked Broncos from the top spot they wrested last weekend from Pepperdine.
San Diego (12-7-0), which was led by three Stephanie Ochs assists, also claimed a share of the crown, but Pepperdine wins the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament after beating the Toreros last month.
Santa Clara (13-2-5) fell to 6-1-1 in WCC play; USD and Pepperdine finished 7-1.
The Waves scored a 4-0 victory over San Francisco in Malibu, with Laura Cole (Whittier/La Habra HS) and Amanda LeCave scoring first-half goals and Karissa Garcia and Michelle Pao tallying after halftime.
In other women's action:
- Sydney Leroux scored her 15th and 16th goals and assisted two by freshman Sam Mewis as fourth-ranked UCLA (15-1-3) romped to a 5-2 win over USC (7-13-0) in front of 3,826 at Drake Stadium. Zakiya Bywaters had three assists for the Bruins, who finished second to Stanford in the Pacific 12 Conference.
Kopf scored in the 46th, 54th and 90th minutes to lead the 24th-ranked Anteaters (13-3-2), who went 6-1-1 in Big West play to edge Long Beach State by a point. UC Irvine will be home Wednesday against UC Davis in a conference tournament semifinal.
UCLA transfer Natalia Ledezma added a goal and two assists for UCI, which scored three goals in the first 8˝ minutes of the second half to turn a tight match into a rout.
Kopf's trio gives her 11 goals this season; Ledezma leads the Anteaters with 12.
UC Riverside closes its season at 8-9-2.
In other women's action:
- Nadia Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) scored the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute, then sent in a cross for Jazz Strozier (Ventura/Buena HS and Ventura College) to finish just 39 seconds later as Long Beach State pulled out a 4-2 victory over visiting Pacific. Link scored twice, her 13th and 14th goals of the season, as the 49ers (13-5-1) finished second in the Big West; they will meet Cal State Northridge in a conference tournament opener Wednesday.
- Sydney Leroux's 14th goal of the season arrived nearly eight minutes into overtime, lifting No. 6 UCLA (14-1-2) to a 1-0 Pacific 12 Conference victory at Utah.
- Ashley Freyer tallied in the 59th minute as USC (7-12-0) toppled host Colorado in a Pac-12 game, the Women of Troy's fourth win in their last five games.
- Lynn Williams and Laura Cole (Whittier/La Habra HS) scored 4˝ minutes apart late in the first half as No. 3 Pepperdine (14-1-4) bounced back from Friday's loss to Santa Clara with a 2-1 victory over Portland.
Pepperdine's dream of an unbeaten season ended Friday night to a goal scored with just eight seconds to go in the first half.
No. 10 Santa Clara pulled out a 1-0 triumph over the third-ranked Waves, vaulting into the top spot in the West Coast Conference when Bridgett Miller (Los Angeles/Archer School for Girls) put away a deflected free kick in the Bay Area showdown.
Roxanne Barker (Irvine/Woodbridge HS) made two big saves to keep Pepperdine (13-1-4) level, but there were no answers for Miller's goal.
“[Santa Clara is] a good team, and, to their credit, they came out firing, and we came out flat,” Waves head coach Tim Ward told his school's athletics web site. “As poorly as we were playing in the first half, I thought we were going to come out with a 0-0 score at half, but, unfortunately,
it didn't happen.
“The second half, we played much better and had some excellent scoring opportunties.”
The best was a Myriah Stockman try off a corner kick in the 52nd minute that Broncos goalkeeper Bianca Henninger saved.
Santa Clara (12-1-5) is 5-0-1 in the WCC. The Waves, who are home Sunday against Portland, and San Diego are 5-1; BYU is 4-1-1.
The loss ended a program-record 18-game unbeaten streak for Pepperdine,
In other women´s action:
- Taylor Nelson (Garden Grove/Pacifica HS) and Nicole Sweetman (Oxnard/Oaks Christian HS and UCLA) scored goals three minutes apart early in the second half as Long Beach State (12-5-1) clinched a Big West Conference tournament berth and climbed within a point of first-place UC Irvine with one game to go with a 2-0 victory over visiting UC Davis.
- Sydney Leroux netted her second first-half hat trick in as many weeks and Jenna Richmond added two goals as sixth-ranked UCLA (13-1-2) romped to an 8-0 Pacific 12 Conference victory at Colorado.
- Lauren Mellano (Fullerton/Troy HS) scored 105 seconds into overtime as Cal State Fullerton (8-8-3) edged Pacific, 1-0, in Big West play. The Titans tied an NCAA record (set in 2005 by William & Mary) with their 11th overtime game of the season and are 4-4-3 in games with the extra period.
- USC (6-12-0) saw its three-game winning streak halted in a 3-0 Pac-12 loss at Utah.
UCLA faces great expectations this season -- NCAA championship kind of expectations -- but the Bruins need to find their game before they can aim so high.
Two games in, and UCLA is still looking for its first win. It followed last week's loss at top-ranked Louisville with a disappointing 2-2 draw Friday night at Santa Clara.
The Bruins, ranked as high as sixth in Division I men's soccer, overcame a quick deficit but couldn't hold onto a late lead in a rough clash marked by 35 fouls and eight yellow cards,
Chandler Hoffman answered Erik Hurtado's strike to pull UCLA even in the 17th minute, and Eder Arreola (Chino Hills/Chin Hills HS) struck with a volley to provide a 70th-minute lead. Mykell Bates, Arreola's former teammate with the U.S. under-17 national team, pulled the Broncos (1-0-1) even in the 84th.
In other men's action:
- Miguel Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS) scored the first goal and set up a stunning overtime winner by Victor Calderon (San Jacinto/San Jacinto HS) as No. 14 UC Irvine (3-0-0) overcame visiting Gonzaga, 2-1. The Anteaters held a 44-4 shot advantage, but Ryan Caballero made 17 saves to keep the Bulldogs in the game.
- No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (2-0-0) started its trek to North Carolina with a 3-2 victory over Duke, with Dom Sarle's overtime goal decisive.
- All-American Luis Gonzalez (Long Beach/Millikan HS) and Daniel Gomez (Ontario/Chino HS) scored late goals six minutes apart as Cal Poly Pomona won its opener, rallying for a 3-2 victory over Dixie State in Phoenix.
UCLA WOMEN RALLY AT PEPPERDINE: Freshman Ally Courtnall (Westlake Village/Oaks Christian HS), the daughter of former NHL winger Russ Courtnall, scored with a little less than three minutes left in regulation, giving No. 6 UCLA a 1-1 draw with No. 24 Pepperdine in Malibu.
Lynn Williams' first-half goal gave the Waves (4-0-1) a first-half lead, and Roxanne Barker (Irvine/Woodbridge HS) made 10 saves as UCLA applied heavy pressure in the second half and during overtime.
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.
The 16th-ranked Anteaters (19-2-2) will meet Washington (12-8-2) next weekend in the third round. The Huskies stunned second-ranked Portland on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.
Portland was one of two national No. 1 seeds to lose Sunday. Maryland was beaten on penalties by Georgetown.
Taylor (Buena Park/Sunny Hills HS) tallied in the 12th minute, her team-best 11th goal of the season, and set up CoCo Goodson in the 71st, her ninth, as the UCI prevailed in a tight, defensive battle.
No. 21 Wake Forest (13-8-3) managed just five shots, and only two of them on target, against a defense led by Goodson and midfielder Judy Christopher (Ontario/Upland HS).
TROJANS TRUMPED: Rose Augustin and Lauren Fowlkes scored in the first nine minutes, and seventh-ranked Notre Dame (17-2-2) romped to a 4-0 victory over No. 22 USC (13-6-3) in a Division I second-round game in South Bend, Ind.
Augustin scored in the eighth minute and Fowlkes in the ninth for the Irish, a No. 2 regional seed who gave what coach Randy Waldrum called “probably our most complete 90-minute performance of the season” to advance to a third-round game next weekend against third-ranked North Carolina (19-2-2), the defending national champion and a regional No. 1 seed.
Fowlkes also assisted goals by Melissa Henderson in the 58th minute and Adriana Leon in the 71st.
UCLA GETS NO. 1: UCLA (13-7-2), which beat Central Florida in a second-round game Saturday, heads north to face No. 1 Stanford (20-0-2) in the third round. The Cardinal held off Santa Clara, 2-1, as Marjani Hing-Glover and Alina Garciamendez scored goals.
NO AUTOMATIC FOR LMU: A late goal by Bryan Burke (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS) lifted San Francisco to a 1-0 victory at Loyola Marymount, costing the Lions (12-6-2) the West Coast Conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Division I men's tournament.
The Lions, who clinched a share of the WCC title with a victory Friday over St. Mary's, will await their fate when NCAA pairings are announced Monday. Santa Clara, which beat Gonzaga, 2-0, on Sunday, is the WCC's top seed because it went 1-0-1 against LMU this season.
REDLANDS ROMPS AGAIN: Surprising Redlands stomped host Cal Lutheran in a women's Division III second-round win, its second victory in 11 days over the Regals.
Fionna Connolly scored her third goal of the NCAA tournament and team-best 12th of the season to start the Bulldogs (12-9-0) toward a 3-0 romp over Cal Lu (18-3-1), which held a commanding 18-4 advantage in shots.
Connolly scored in the seventh minute, Chelsea Hafley (Redlands/Redlands HS) doubled the advantage in the 60th, and Jaimie Morton put the game out of reach with a strike in the 68th.
Redlands will play next weekend at second-ranked Hardin-Simmons (21-0-0) in Abilene, Texas.
NAIA BERTHS: Golden State Athletic Conference champion Vanguard (13-7-0) opens the NAIA men's tournament with a rematch of the conference tournament final, against Azusa Pacific (16-4-1).
Vanguard, which routed the Cougars, 3-0, on Saturday, is unseeded and will play at APU, whioch is seeded 13th. Cal Baptist (15-4-0) is seeded 11th and will be home for next Saturday's opening round against Holy Names (11-5-2).
GSAC champ Azusa Pacific is seeded third, The Master's (16-2-2) sixth and Cal Baptist (13-5-2) 11th for the NAIA women's tournament, and all received home assignments for the first round.
APU will open against William Jessup (11-4-3); TMC, from Santa Clarita, will meet Maine-Fort Kent (19-2-0); and CBU, from Riverside, will take Texas' Northwood (15-3-1).
Saturday's winners will advance to the 16-team, five-game-in-six-days finals, with the men playing at Orange Beach, Ala., and the women at Decatur, Ala.
Elise Britt and Sydney Leroux scored on each side of halftime, and UCLA held off Central Florida, 2-1, Saturday night at Drake Stadium to reach the final 16 in the NCAA Division I women's tournament.
The Bruins (13-7-2), who have struggled this season and weren't one of 16 national seeds in the tournament, are two wins from an eighth successive College Cup final four berth.
It's an unlikely prospect; UCLA likely is headed to No. 1 Stanford for next weekend's third-round match. The Cardinal (19-0-2) face Santa Clara (13-6-2) in a second-rounder Sunday.
Britt, a senior, scored her first collegiate goal in the 42nd minute, heading home a Dana Wall corner kick. Leroux, on the cusp of the U.S. women's national team, netted her 13th goal of the year in the 49th, heading in a cross from Lauren Barnes (Upland/Upland HS) after a quick restart near midfield.
USC and UC Irvine moved on with opening-round wins Friday in the NCAA Division I women's tournament, but Long Beach State was eliminated despite dominating play against Santa Clara.
Two local men's teams -- Cal State San Bernardino and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps -- were beaten in their NCAA openers.
TROJANS ROLL: USC methodically built a three-goal lead and cruised into the second round of the Division I tournament with a 3-1 triumph over Illinois in South Bend, Ind.
Ashley Freyer scored in the 31st minute, Ashli Sandoval (Jamul/Granite Hills HS) in the 56th and Samantha Johnson (Palmdale/Highland HS) in the 76th for the Women of Troy (13-5-3), who Sunday will face host Notre Dame (16-2-2), a 3-0 winner over New Mexico.
Freyer finished from a ball over the Illini backline by Brittany Kerridge, Sandoval scored on a 50-yard free kick to the upper-right corner, and Johnson tallied from a feed by Courtney Garcia (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS).
ANTEATERS RALLY: Devon Delarosa scored goals two minutes apart and No. 16 UC Irvine rallied to beat Arizona State, 2-1, in a Division I opener before a school-record crowd of 1,058 at Anteater Stadium.
UCLA's and UC Irvine's women's teams Monday were awarded home assignments for the first two rounds of the NCAA Division I tournament, but neither was among the 16 national seeded teams.
Economic decisions prodded the NCAA Women's Soccer Committee, with five Southern California schools in the 64-team field, to bring fourth-seeded Wake Forest and Central Florida to the Southland for quartets featuring three Western schools.
Big West Conference tournament champion Long Beach State was given a tough assignment, opening against Santa Clara in top-ranked Stanford's quartet, and USC was shipped to South Bend, Ind., where it will open against Illinois.
All first-round games are Friday and second-rounders Sunday except at UCLA, which will play on Thursday and Saturday because the quartet includes Brigham Young, which does not play on Sundays.
Long Beach State's women are headed to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years after upsetting 11th-ranked UC Irvine, 1-0, in Sunday's Big West Conference tournament title game.
Defender Bo Rael (Rancho Cucamonga/Los Osos HS), an Oregon transfer, headed home a corner kick by UCLA transfer Nicole Sweetman (Oxnard/Oaks Christian HS) eight minutes into the second half to lift the visiting 49ers (14-5-2), who needed outstanding defense -- led by Alex Balcer, who repeatedly made big plays -- and a little bit of luck.
UCI (17-2-2) hit the goal frame three times, with left back Nikki Forrest (Upland/Upland HS) nearly pulling the Anteaters even with a drive off the right post in the 76th minute.
“We knew we had to have a game plan, we knew we had to be flawless, we believe in ourselves, we know we can beat anyone in the country with the right game plan and the right mentality, and the team's really come a long way,” said Mauricio Ingrassia (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS and Cal State Fullerton), who has won three Big West regular-season titles in seven seasons as Long Beach State coach -- after winning five state and two mythical national titles at Long Beach City College.