Los Angeles Soccer: The Master's College

COLLEGE: Cal Baptist conquers Master's

November, 30, 2010
Cal Baptist needed three encounters to do so, but it finally overcame Golden State Athletic Conference rival The Master's College in women's soccer, and in their biggest meeting of the season.

Freshman Bernadette Witz (Temecula/Temecula Valley HS) scored one goal and set up another just 42 seconds later, and the 11th-seeded Lancers (15-5-2) advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals Tuesday night with a 3-0 triumph over sixth-seeded TMC in Decatur, Ala.

Riverside-based CBU, making its second successive final-eight appearances, on Wednesday will play another GSAC rival: No. 3 seed Azusa Pacific (18-1-2)

Witz scored in the 53rd minute from a pass by Kylee Nicassio (Alta Loma/Los Osos HS), then set up Tami Hays in the 54th. Megan Merrett (Riverside/Arlington HS) made it 3-0 in the 72nd.

The Mustangs (17-3-2), from Santa Clarita, routed Cal Baptist, 5-1, in early October, and the teams played to a 1-1 draw draw in the GSAC tournament semifinals. The Lancers won on penalties and were beaten, 3-0, by APU in the final.

APU women win, Vanguard men lose

November, 29, 2010
Azusa Pacific needed two goals from freshman Laura Feehs and a second-half comeback to beat Oklahoma City, 3-2, and advance to the NAIA women's quarterfinals Monday night in Decatur, Ala.

The other Golden State Athletic Conference team in action, Costa Mesa's Vanguard, failed to move on at the NAIA men's championship, losing to unbeaten Notre Dame College of South Euclid, Ohio, 2-1, in Orange Beach, Ala.

Two more local teams are in action Tuesday, with Riverside's Cal Baptist taking on Santa Clarita's The Master's College in a women's second-rounder.

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COLLEGE: Long Beach State wins Big West, NCAA bid

November, 8, 2010

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.

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Pomona's striker is a real force

October, 29, 2010

Pedro Corona/Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona athletics
Cal Poly Pomona's Luis Gonzalez had four goals and two assists against Cal State East Bay last week to set a CCAA points record.

Cal Poly Pomona's Luis Gonzalez was unstoppable in a 7-0 romp over Cal State East Bay last Sunday, totaling 10 points -- on four goals and two assists -- to set a California Collegiate Athletic Conference record.

It made for a five-goal, three-assist week for the junior forward from Millikan High School in Long Beach -- our Player of the Week -- who also had a goal and assist in a 2-1 victory Friday over UC San Diego. The Broncos (9-6-1 overall, 7-6-1 CCAA) need victories this weekend at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. -- and help elsewhere -- to claim a berth in the CCAA tournament, which begins next Friday.

The four goals tied a CCAA record set last year by teammate Tyler Reinhart.

Gonzalez, who leads Pomona with 11 goals and seven assists, is a two-time junior college All-American who scored 51 goals in two seasons at Cerritos College and led the Falcons to the this year as the reigning national junior college Player of the Year. Gonzalez, who scored 51 goals with 35 assists in two seasons at Cerritos College (leading the Falcons to the 2008 state JC title). He was the NSCAA's JC Division III Player of the Year in 2009.

GREATEST GOAL: What a sweet finish by USC freshman Autumn Altamirano (Tustin/Beckman HS) in the 86th minute to beat UCLA, 1-0, last Friday in front of an NCAA women's regular-season record crowd of 8,527 at the Coliseum.

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