Cal State Los Angeles pressured nationally ranked No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino in the championship match for this year’s California Collegiate Athletic Association championship last Saturday night.
The Lady Golden Eagles forced a 5-game duel in which the Lady Coyotes notched their season’s 27th straight win at Coussoulis Arena -- 15-6 in the decisive duel.
Longtime Lady Coyotes’ coach Kim Cherniss talked about “big swings” and “some dynamic defensive plays” in a match that was “very high octane.”
It was the first 5-set game all season for Cal State.
Cherniss watched her side win a CCAA championship for the fourth straight season, its 15th title overall.
There were contributions from everywhere.
A 17-4 advantage in blocks, nine from All-Tournament pick Jalyn Haynes along with Lynda Morohunfola adding eight more, helping tourney MVP Alexis Cardoza hail 17 kills in a .400-hitting effort.
Stephanie Doak, another all-tourney pick, picked up the pace with most of her dozen kills coming in the final two sets.
Leilia To’omalatai, another all-tourney selection, came up with 12 digs and Mehana Ma’a delivered 25 assists.
Cal State will host the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
It was a first for Cal State San Bernardino.
A seventh-minute goal stood up in an NCAA Division II West Regional matchup against Cal Poly Pomona, but Cal State San Bernardino’s Brandon Sangbarani found the net at the 6:54 mark.
From that point on, it was the Coyotes’ defense that propelled them into a December matchup against Colorado School of the Mines, which upset No. 1-seeded Azusa Pacific University.
Cal State’s goal was set up on a pass from Isaac Balderram to Francisco Sierra, whose header to Sangbarani rang up the match’s only offense.
Earlier this season, the Broncos (13-5-3) had beaten the Coyotes (13-3-3). In the rematch, Pomona rattled off 23 shots against Cal State’s defense, backed by goalie Jacob Huber, who came up with his 11th shutout this season.
Huber had 10 saves. “I knew what I had to do and my defenders helped me a ton back there,” he said.
Helping defend was Tony di Donato and Juan Larios, both fullbacks in coach Darren Leslie’s attack. Sierra and Andres Aguirre, defending from the midfield, also figured in heading off the Broncos’ attack.
The match against Colorado School of Mines, which will be played at Cal State Los Angeles, has yet to be set -- date or start time as of last weekend.
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That 1-0 loss to Norco College last week was costly in San Bernardino Valley College’s pursuit of a post-season berth. Despite a superior record (11-6-4) to Norco’s 8-8-4 mark, the Wolverines (4-2-2, 10 points) finished ahead of Chaffey College-Rancho Cucamonga (3-2-3) in the Inland Empire Athletic Conference.
Both Norco and Chaffey reached the post-season.
SBVC played to a draw twice against Chaffey and split two matches with Norco.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
San Bernardino Valley College’s playoff win over Fullerton College last Saturday, the opening round of the CCCAA women’s playoffs, came in a shootout that advanced the Lady Wolverines to second round play this week.
SBVC (14-3-3), who trailed 2-0 at one point, had a 3-1 advantage in the shootout to advance against Mt. San Antonio College this past Tuesday. Goalie Kerstin Lecon held up in the full 120 minutes, plus PK play.
Caitlyn Sauceda scored twice with Marcelo Gallo and Eliana Martinez adding goals to propel the Lady Wolverines into second round play this week.
Redlands High product Aayliah Rubio, a striker, picked up 33 minutes off the bench. She nailed the match-winning penalty kick after Sauceda and Nayeli Sandoval had scored.
San Gorgonio product Jacqueline Garcia racked up 51 minutes, playing mostly in an attacking position.
COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY
University of Redlands junior Tucker Cargile became the first-ever NCAA All-American after taking 24th at last weekend’s NCAA Division III championships in Louisville, KY.
Running a 24-51.1 over 8 kilometers, Cargile -- a national placer in last spring’s 800-meter -- took 24th in a field of 280 runners. It was Cargile’s second trip to nationals.
Lady Bulldog senior Maria Ramirez, who qualified for nationals for her third time, ran 85th -- 85th at last weekend’s NCAA Division III championships -- completed her third national appearance over 6-kilometers, running a 22:45.