College of the Desert falls in duel, 2-1 … Coyotes KO’d in CCAA semifinals … Low-scoring SCIAC Tournament leaves Oxy as champs … Lady Wolverines prepped for playoff run … Lady Coyotes back on top in national poll … San G runners head for CIF prelims.

Nothing might have been bigger than San Bernardino Valley’s (SBVC) crucial soccer showdown against visiting College of Desert from Palm Desert last Friday afternoon, Nov 2.

The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) championship was on the line and, perhaps, a playoff berth.

SBVC’s 2-1 triumph on goals from Alexis Torres and Cesar Becerra did the trick. College of the Desert held a 1-0 lead, but goalkeeper Christopher Gomez stopped seven other shots. Coached by Josh Brown, the Wolverines prepped for the match against College of the Desert with a 5-1 win over Southwestern-Chula Vista three days earlier. Becerra cracked a 1-1 deadlock with a goal on a counterattack.

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Jair Magallan and Danny Ortiz took care of the scoring.

Cal State San Bernardino’s defense took over the rest in a stunning 2-0 win over San Francisco State in last week’s California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament opener.

In Friday night’s semifinals against Cal Poly Pomona at UC San Diego, the Broncos prevailed, 1-0, knocking Cal State from the tournament.

“We both had our chances,” said Ortiz. “I thought the game was pretty even in the first half.”

Both teams had chances, Cal Poly to extend its lead or Cal State to score the equalizer. Goalkeepers Jacob Huber of Cal State and Broncos’ net-minder Jakob Hansen each stopped four shots.

Coyotes’ goal-scoring threats Ortiz and Jonathan Garcia each put up two shots for the Coyotes (12-6-1), who took only four total shots in the match.

The Coyotes beat Pomona, 2-0, earlier this season.

“We couldn’t capitalize,” said Ortiz.

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Would you believe one goal was scored in a pair of tournament semifinal matches?

Occidental College scored and Redlands failed to land a goal in an SCIAC Tournament semifinal last week, the Tigers’ 1-0 triumph over the Bulldogs making it an Oxy-Chapman University finale last Saturday night.

Chapman outlasted a Claremont-Mudd squad after a 0-0 regulation, scoreless through double overtime before the outcome was decided on penalty kicks, 5-4 in the Panthers’ favor.

Oxy’s win over Redlands came on the Bulldogs’ home turf, Farquhar Field in Redlands (13-5). Nicholas Ebel, from Munich, Germany, scored the only goal between the Oxy-Redlands, Chapman-Claremont match.

The tournament title went to Chapman off a 1-0 win over Oxy.

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Back in the SCIAC Tournament for the second straight season, the University of Redlands lost to Pomona-Pitzer College for the second straight time in a 4-0 elimination game.

The loss ended the Lady Bulldogs’ season at 9-7-2.

Occidental College won the SCIAC title after a 0-0 draw in regulation, then two scoreless overtime periods. Oxy prevailed on a 6-5 penalty kick shootout.

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Holding steady at No. 8 in a national JUCO poll, San Bernardino Valley has done nothing to hurt that position. Taking a 4-goal lead over College of the Desert last Friday, the Lady Wolverines (16-1-2) should take 18 wins into Southern California Regional playoffs next week.

Ranked seventh in California, trailing four unbeatens — Cerritos, Santiago Sierra-Rocklin, Canyon-Orange, Lake Tahoe — plus two other once-beaten teams that includes Fresno City and Santa Monica, SBVC has long since qualified for their 13th straight spot in the post-season.

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Jumping back to No. 1-ranked in the nation, Cal State San Bernardino capped the regular season with a 3-game sweep against Monterey Bay last weekend, then turned its attention to the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

The Lady Coyotes took a 22-2 overall record into the Nov. 8-10 CCAA event at Stanislaus State in Turlock.

The CCAA champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 2 Western Region from Nov. 15-17.

Alexis Cardoza, Hailey Jackson and Sascha Dominique played at the net for 29 combined kills and nine blocks, while setter Jayann DeHoog played the floor by setting 34 kills and racking up 15 digs.

PREP CROSS COUNTRY

San Gorgonios’ Eduardo Perez dueled with Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World’s Joseph Potz in a battle of seniors at last month’s San Andreas League finals over a 3-mile jaunt.

Perez, prevailing by a second in 16:01, led the Spartans to a 47-54 triumph over city rival Arroyo Valley with Rialto (58) a close third.

Perez, along with Omar Ortega, Tony Bui, Elvis Bui and Edgar Ocampo carved out a 1-4-11-12-20 finish, thus winning the league and qualifying for this week’s CIF preliminaries in Riverside.

San G’s ran third to Arroyo Valley with Rialto Eisenhower taking second place.

Tayonna Hargrove and Leslie Raygoza came up with top 10 finishes for the Lady Spartans, who also qualified for the prelims.

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Aquinas’ Kendrick Robbins ran sixth at the Ambassador League finals, the lone Lady Falcon runner to place in the top 10 at a meet dominated by Temecula Linfield placing six of its seven runners in the top 10.

The Lady Falcons took fourth.

On the boys’ side, Aquinas finished fifth, topped by Alejando Ayala’s 16th place finish.

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