Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Grand Canyon Athletics

Sophomore forward Kyle Ciliento (Phoenix, AZ/Pinnacle, Saint Mary's College of California) had two goals and an assist to lead the 2010 Pacific West Conference champion Grand Canyon University to a 4-1 win over Cal State San Bernardino in the first round of the NCAA Division II Championship West Regional tonight at the University Soccer Stadium in Chico, Calif.

The Antelopes (15-2-2) will take on the winner of tonight's second-round game between host Chico State (13-6) and Sonoma State (14-5-1) at 1 p.m. Arizona Time on Sunday in Chico. Chico State won the championship of the CCAA's North Division, and Sonoma State finished in second place in that division and captured the CCAA Men's Soccer Tournament title.

Cal State San Bernardino (13-6-1) won the CCAA's South Division.

GCU now has a 19-10-1 all-time record against the Coyotes. It is 8-3-0 vs. Chico State and 8-7-2 against Sonoma State.

The last time the `Lopes were in a regional final was in 1998, when they lost 2-1 to Seattle Pacific in triple overtime in the NCAA Division II West Region Final. The last time they won a regional final was in 1996, when they beat Seattle Pacific 2-1 in triple overtime at GCU. GCU went on to win the NCAA Division II national championship that season.

The `Lopes are in the postseason for the 10th time in the 25-year history of the men's soccer program and the fourth time since 2000. Their most recent appearance was in 2007, when they lost 1-0 to Cal State Dominguez Hills in the West Region first round.

Senior midfielder Joao Vieira (Amparo, Brazil/Barbosa, Marshalltown CC), Ciliento and all of their teammates made sure that this year's first-round game had a different result.

Vieira gave GCU a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute with a volley from about 25 yards inside the left post. Ciliento and junior midfielder Cordero Young (Orlando, FL/Central Florida Christian Academy, Tyler Junior College) were credited with assists on the play.

Ciliento missed a penalty kick in the 23rd minute after CSUSB's Marco Martinez was issued to red card for denying a goal opportunity. Ciliento's shot went wide left, but the Coyotes had to play a man down for the rest of the game.

It was Ciliento's first miss on a penalty-kick attempt this season. He was 2-for-2 entering the game.

Ciliento made up for it in the 32nd minute, when he bent a free kick from about 25 yards into the upper 90 on the left side. It was his 26th goal and 57th point of the season.

A t halftime, the score was 2-0, GCU. Each team had six shots, and CSUSB had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Fourteen fouls were called, nine of which were on the `Lopes.

Young made the score 3-0 in the 47th minute when he kicked in a rebound. Senior forward Pat Perkins (Bremerton, WA/Bremerton, Olympic College) took a shot from inside the 6-yard box that was blocked by the keeper. It bounced to Young, who put it away.

Ciliento scored again in the 52nd minute when the Coyotes turned the ball over in their offensive end and senior defender/midfielder Tom Hurdle (North Yorkshire, England/King James, Barton CC) knocked it down the right flank. Ciliento ran it down, beat a defender, went one on one with the keeper and put it past him inside the near post.

The Coyotes broke the shutout in the 56th minute on a header by Jose Godinez assisted by Harry Cruz.

Ciliento had 25 goals and 55 points in the regular season, the third most and fourth most, respectively, in an individual season in GCU history. Ciliento has 28 career goals, the second most in school history. His 106 career points rank third on the school career list.

And he is just a sophomore.

Paneccasio recorded 10 shutouts in the regular season, the second most in an individual season in GCU history. He set the record of 12 last year. His 22 total shutouts are a school record, five more than the previous record.