Second half goals stop SBVC … One win short of second state title match … Ortiz strikes CCAA as top offensive player… Trio of Bulldogs All-SCIAC … Lady Bulldog soccer trio named all-conference.
San Bernardino Valley College ran into a trap against unbeaten Lake Tahoe in last weekend’s state women’s soccer semifinals.
The Lady Wolverines’ defense, backed by Vanessa Casillas in goal, could only stand up so long against the Lady Coyotes in a 2-0 loss. It was scoreless at halftime. Casillas had three saves.
Lake Tahoe outshot Valley, 11-4, with a 5-4 edge in shots on goal. Lake Tahoe also had a 7-4 advantage on corner kicks. Goals in the 76th and 89th minutes killed San Bernardino’s chances.
Only six days earlier, Valley had knocked off unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Cerritos College in an overtime thriller decided on penalty kicks. It was the second straight 1-1 draw in the playoffs, counting another outcome against Chaffey-Rancho Cucamonga one match earlier.
Against Lake Tahoe, the Lady Wolverines (19-2-4) got shot attempts from Nayeli Sandoval, Monica Garcia, Caitlyn Saucedo and Jacqueline Garcia in hopes of putting points on the scoreboard.
Instead, the unbeaten Lady Coyotes held San Bernardino Valley scoreless.
The finals turned out to be a match between Lake Tahoe (21-0-4) and two-time state champion Santiago Canyon-Orange (24-0). San Bernardino Valley’s both losses came against those sides.
San Bernardino Valley’s strong defense allowed goals in each of its last five matches — all victories, until losing to Lake Tahoe.
Kristen Hauge coaches the Lady Wolverines, one of California’s most elite soccer sides since winning the 2010 state championship.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Striker Danny Ortiz, whose brilliant play while helping lead Cal State San Bernardino into the playoffs, was named Offensive Player of the Year by coaches that squared off against him.
Two weeks later, Ortiz added NCAA Division 2 All-Region honors to his senior season. Numbers support his all-CCAA selection by coaches in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Somehow winding up at the North San Bernardino campus from El Paso, Texas, Ortiz turned his senior year into a strong season.
Eleven goals and 14 assists, transporting into 36 points, was a CCAA best, 17th in the nation. Ortiz was a CCAA second-team selection in 2017.
Midfielder Fabian Roman (three goals, three assists), another Cal State senior, joined Ortiz on this year’s first team.
Darren Leslie, who pieced together the Coyotes’ side, was named CCAA Coach of the Year. For his part, the Leslie-coached Coyotes reached the conference tournament semifinals for the second time in three seasons.
Sophomore defender Andres Aguirre, from nearby Montclair, was a Cal State second-team selection.
Top CCAA Awards
Defensive Player of the Year — Aydan Bowers, San Francisco State.
Goalkeeper of the Year — Damion Lewis, Chico State.
Newcomer of the Year — Daniel Simonis, Cal State L.A.
Freshman of the Year — Eddie Zecena, Chico State.
Bowers, the CCAA’s Defensive Player of the Year, played high school ball at nearby Murrieta where he scored a school record 19 goals at Vista Murrieta High and was Southwestern League Offensive MVP.
Cal State challenged the top teams in the highly contested CCAA for this season’s conference title. Winding up at 12-6-1 overall, the Coyotes fought to an 8-3-1 CCAA mark.
In the post-season, the Coyotes beat San Francisco State, 2-0, before squaring off against Cal Poly Pomona. The Broncos held off Ortiz and the Coyotes’ attack for a 1-0 triumph.
Cal Poly Pomona, meanwhile, emerged from the CCAA tournament and played flawless defense in pursuit of a national championship.
Cal Poly didn’t surrender a goal in wins against Fresno Pacific, Simon Fraser, Azusa Pacific and West Texas A&M, heading for Pittsburgh, Pa. for a national semifinals showdown against West Chester.
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A defender, midfielder and a forward from the University of Redlands each nabbed a first-team spot on this year’s All-SCIAC squad.
The defender was Joey Kenney, the midfielder was Arman Mogharei and the forward was Kayvon Parsa.
Together, the trio led the Bulldogs into the SCIAC Tournament, losing to Occidental, 1-0, concluding Redlands’ season at 13-5, 11-3 in conference play.
Redlands placed two more players on the second-team All-SCIAC, including defender Nick DeQuiroz and forward Antony Chonga.
Oxy’s Liam Walsh was SCIAC Athlete of the Year.
Conference coaching honors went to Claremont-Mudd’s staff, led by head coach Matt Walsh.
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Mired in ninth place in final CCAA standings, Cal State San Bernardino placed a pair of players on the Honorable Mention post-season team.
Forwards Kelly Kevershan (six goals, three assists) and Gabby Evaristo (three goals, one assist) won honors after leading the Lady Coyotes to a 5-12 season, including a 4-8 mark in CCAA play.
The post-season honors were dominated by CCAA champion UC San Diego, which advanced to the NCAA Division 2 championships on Nov. 29 …
UC San Diego’s Mary Reilly was Offensive Player of the Year and teammate Natalie Siddic won her second straight Defensive Player of the Year.
A third first-team selection from UC San Diego was Summer Bales, who played at Temecula Great Oak High.
Chico State’s Kim Sutton was Coach of the Year.
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Defender Abby Nordquist, midfielder Hayley Romo and forward Eva Vlassapoulos won first-team All-SCIAC honors for 2018. The University of Redlands trio helped lead the Lady Bulldogs into the SCIAC Tournament.
In the tournament, Pomona-Pitzer set down Redlands, 4-0, ending its season at 9-7-2, taking fourth place at 8-4-2 in conference.