USC heads to semifinals of tourney
Roundup: Bruins receive goals from 11 players in the win
STOCKTON, Calif. -- No. 1 USC cruised through to a semifinal slot at the NorCal Tournament with a pair of wins on day one in Stockton, Calif.. The Trojans are aiming to defend the 2010 NorCal crown that the three-peat national champs picked up last season. Today, top-ranked USC topped West Valley JC 20-3 before handing out an 11-4 win against No. 6 UC Irvine to punch a semifinal ticket. USC will face either Stanford or host Pacific in the semifinals.
The Trojans surrendered the first goal of the day to West Valley JC and would allow another in the first to hold just a 4-2 lead after one period of play. West Valley punched in its third goal to make it a 6-3 USC advantage before the Trojans went on a 14-goal bender the rest of the way.
Hours later against No. 6 UC Irvine, the Trojans shrugged out of another tight opening that saw the teams locked up 2-2 at halftime. USC struck out on a five-goal run that spanned the third and fourth periods to make some room against the Anteaters. UC Irvine had made it a two-goal game late in the third, down 5-3 to the Trojans before Kosta Genidounias plugged in a score with 22 seconds to go in the third. Four consecutive USC scores would come to start the fourth.
No. 2 Cal 27, Vanguard 3
No. 2 Cal 8, No. 6 Pepperdine 7
STOCKTON, Calif. -- Paced by 16 saves from junior goalie Justin Parsons and two goals apiece from senior Luka Saponjic and junior Ayal Keren, second-ranked Cal (4-0), despite going scoreless in the final quarter, held on to defeat No. 6 Pepperdine, 8-7, in a quarterfinal match-up on Saturday during the NorCal Tournament at Delta College. Earlier in the day, the Golden Bears dominated Vanguard, 27-3.
Cal outscored the Waves, 5-3, in the first two quarters before extending their advantage to 8-5 going into the final stanza. Pepperdine turned up the defensive intensity, however, holding the Bears scoreless for the remainder of the match.
The Waves tallied two goals in the fourth quarter and had a pair of chances to tie the contest. The first opportunity came on a five-meter penalty shot attempt that Cal goalie Parsons blocked. The second opportunity came with just one minute left in the match as the Waves had a six-on-five advantage, but were again stopped by a Parsons' save.
In the Bears' big win over Vanguard Saturday morning, senior Ivan Rackov led Cal with seven goals, including a trio of goals in the third quarter. Luka Saponjic added six goals, while freshman Luka Ivanovic chipped in three goals.
No. 3 UCLA 21, No. 20 Air Force 4
No. 3 UCLA 13, No. 6 UC-Santa Barbara 10
STOCKTON, Calif. -- No. 3 UCLA advanced to the semifinals of the NorCal Tournament with a 13-10 victory against No. 6 UC Santa Barbara late Saturday afternoon. Junior Josh Samuels paced UCLA (4-0) with three goals in a second-round match at Delta College.
In the team's most closely-contested game of the young season, UCLA overcame a 3-2 deficit after the first quarter and scored the game's final three goals after the match was deadlocked, 10-10, midway through the final frame.
UC Santa Barbara (6-2) was led by five goals from Matt Gronow.
Earlier in the day, UCLA cruised past No. 20 Air Force in a first-round match, 21-4. In that contest, the Bruins received three goals from senior Brett Hays, junior Bret Lathrope and sophomore Lucas Reynolds.
No. 4 Stanford 11, St. Francis (N.Y.) 6
No. 4 Stanford 9, No. 5 Pacific 8 (OT)
STANFORD, Calif. - Fourth-ranked Stanford survived an overtime test from host Pacific Saturday afternoon at Chris Kjeldsen Pool to advance to the championship semifinals of the NorCal Invitational. The Cardinal scored the lone goal in the extra sessions to down the Tigers, 9-8, after first defeating St. Francis (N.Y.), 11-6, in the morning.
Freshman Alex Bowen led the Cardinal with five goals on the day, while senior driver Jacob Smith and sophomore two-meter Forrest Watkins found the net three times. Ryan Brown, Ryan Kent, Travis Noll and Peter Sefton each scored twice and Nick Hoversten added a goal on the day.
Brian Pingree handled goalie duty for both contests, leading the defensive effort that featured nine saves in the opener.
No. 5 Pacific 16, No. 16 Santa Clara 9
Stockton, Calif. – In the opening round of the NorCal Tournament at Chris KJeldsen Pool, Pacific defeated No. 16 Santa Clara 16-9. With the win the Tigers improved to 4-0 on the season.
The orange and black took the early 2-0 lead at the start of contest behind consecutive goals from Tom Koning and Balazs Erdelyi. Despite a goal from the Broncos on the counter attack at the 4:36 spot, Jason Wensley and Koning tallied one goal apiece while Lance Morrison notched a pair of goals to put the Tigers up with 2:18 left in the quarter. After giving up a goal to Santa Clara's James Case, Pacific closed out the quarter taking the 7-2 lead.
No. 6 UC Irvine 8, Long Beach State 7
STOCKTON, Calif. -- Jacob Mourer scored the game-winning goal with 1:02 remaining to lift No. 6 UC Irvine past ninth-ranked Long Beach State 8-7 at the NorCal Tournament in Stockton Saturday morning.
Mourer's goal completed UCI's comeback from a 6-3 halftime deficit.
The 'Eaters trailed 7-4 in the third quarter before Mourer (2:22) and Nick Pfeil(:05) scored to cut the margin to 7-6 entering the fourth quarter.
Max Parrague tied the game at 7-7 on a goal with 4:15 left in the fourth, setting up Mourer's game-winner.
Redshirt junior goalie Jimmy Friedrich, who had 10 saves in the game, recorded five in the last period as UCI shut out the 49ers (7-1) in the final frame.
Mourer, Pfeil and Parrague scored two goals each while Trent Baxter and Mitch Wise added one apiece.
No. 8 UC-Santa Barbara 10, No. 13 Concordia 7
STOCKTON, Calif. -- No. 8 UC Santa Barbara used a five-goal second quarter to earn a 10-7 victory against No. 13 Concordia on Saturday afternoon at the NorCal Tournament at Delta College.
The match was knotted at 3-3 after the first quarter, but the Gauchos registered five goals while shutting out the Eagles, going into halftime ahead 8-3.
Concordia tried to mount a comeback, outscoring UCSB 4-2 after halftime, but it was not enough.
Brian Shoemaker led the way for the Gauchos, finishing three times. Komadinic recorded a pair of goals. UCSB goalkeeper Myles Christian registered 10 saves in a complete game.
Jacob Belamaric was the only Eagle to score more than one goal. Concordia received a single goal from six different players. Goalkeeper Ryan Freerks went the distance, tallying 10 saves.
West Valley JC 11, No. 9 Long Beach State 7
STOCKTON, Calif. -- Sophomore Nick Rascon scored six goals but it wasn't enough as the 49ers dropped a 11-7 decision to West Valley Junior College.
The 49ers, coming off a disheartening loss to UC Irvine earlier in the day, fell behind early trailing 5-2 at the half. West Valley scored the first two goals of the second half to push the lead to five, and the 49ers were never able to get closer than three the rest of the way.
Rascon scored both 49er first half goals, one in the first period and one in the second period, while adding two goals in both the third and fourth periods. Devin Mefford scored LBSU's only other goal.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.