Los Angeles Soccer: Traci Lopez
All-American Ethan Finlay scored a hat trick, and fourth-ranked Creighton overwhelmed No. 7 UC Irvine in a non-conference men's soccer showdown Saturday night in Omaha, Neb.
Finlay provided a fifth-minute lead, then added goals in the 62nd and 88th minutes, each time extending the Bluejays' lead to two goals. Jimmy Turner (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) headed home a Christopher Santana cross in the 63rd for the Anteaters (12-3-0).
“That's a very, very good opponent. They will do well this year,” Creighton coach Elmar Bolowich, whose team notched its second win over a top-10 foe in its past three games, told his school's athletics website. “That's a great win for us. I thought the first half was probably the best half I have seen us play this season."
Creighton (11-2-0) hadn't conceded a goal in its first five home games.
UCIrvine leads the Big West Conference with a 4-1 mark, one game ahead of Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly and UC Davis.
In other men's action:
- Matt Sheldon tallied three minutes into overtime, his second goal of the game, to give UC Davis a 2-1 Big West victory at Cal State Northridge (6-6-1). Edwin Rivas (Los Angeles/Santee Educational Complex) scored in the 79th minute for the Matadors.
- Ben Sperber (Palm Desert/Desert Christian HS) slotted home a loose ball in the 83rd minute as UC Riverside (6-5-2) rallied for a 1-1 Big West draw at Cal State Fullerton (6-5-2). Kevin Venegas (Lakewood/Los Alamitos HS) tallied for the Titans.
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.
The Master's College improved to 5-0-0 and won its men's tournament title Saturday, edging Oakland's Holy Names in a showdown for the trophy.
Marcelo Silva converted an 84th-minute penalty kick to lift the Santa Clarita-based Mustangs, who went ahead when Fabrice Gautrat (Valencia/Hart HS) headed in a cross from Jorge Serrano (Sylmar/Sylmar HS and College of the Canyons) in the seventh minute. Henry Goh pulled Holy Names even in the 78th.
Biola (4-1-0), ranked 14th in NAIA, also won, bouncing back from its loss to Holy Names with a 3-1 win over Westminster (Utah). Carlos Ballesteros (Sun City/Paloma Valley HS), Joao Toscan and Daniel Chew (Lake Forest/El Toro HS) scored goals.
In other men's action:
- Matthew Howard (Temecula/Great Oak HS) scored and set up Jesus Ramos (Norco/Norco HS) as Fullerton's Hope International rallied to beat Whittier, 3-2.
- James Ross' goal seven minutes into overtime lifted Riverside's La Sierra past Occidental, 2-1.
- Anaheim's unaffiliated Bethesda Christian (5-0-0) won Soka University's Peace Cup in Aliso Viejo, toppling Rancho Palos Verdes' Marymount, 2-1, in the title game.
WOMEN: Defending champs top Cal Lu
Cal Lutheran was beaten for the first time this season, falling to defending NCAA Division III champion Hardin-Simmons in a tight clash in Abilene, Texas.
Austin Ricker and Courtney Cramer scored on each side of halftime to lead the 14th-ranked Cowgirls (2-1-0) to a 2-0 victory. No. 12 Cal Lutheran (3-1-0) was coming off a 10-0 rout of Texas Lutheran.
In other women's action:
- Kylee Nicassio (Alta Loma/Los Osos HS) tallied twice as Cal Baptist (3-1-0) crushed College of Idaho, 4-0.
- Traci Lopez's first-half goals gave Pomona-Pitzer (2-0-0) a 2-0 win over visiting Biola, the NCAA Division III Sagehens' second shutout over NAIA opposition.
- Kiri Christiansen scored both goals in Marymount's 2-0 win at Soka.