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November 27, 2012
The most successful women's soccer team in Vanguard University history will face Spring Arbor of Michigan in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. The No. 2-ranked Lions (18-2) have won 14 straight matches, including a 5-1 second-round triumph over Baker of Kansas on Monday. Vanguard, which lost in the second round in its only appearance at the 16-team "final site" national tournament in 2009, has outscored opponents, 47-3, during the winning streak.
September 12, 2012
Vanguard University junior Jordan Davidson has been named Golden State Athletic Confernce and NAIA Offensive Player of the Week after posting four goals and an assist in two games last week. Davidson, a forward, scored twice in a 4-0 win over No. 17-ranked Kansas Wesleyan on Sept. 3. She then had two goals and an assist in the Lions' 6-0 trouncing of Soka on Friday. The transfer from Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona has five goals in three games for the Lions (3-0)
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | July 5, 2007
Mike Wade never watched soccer, didn't know the sport, but he became an AYSO referee 15 years ago. He blames his then 6-year-old son Chris for that. "They needed referees back then," said Wade, who tried to distinguish a yellow card from a red card. Which one is for stop? The whistle, he learned it halted play. Now the Newport Beach resident is the country's oldest youth soccer organization's national president. No more blaming his kid. He credits Chris and his two daughters, Katie and Natalie, whom he coached, for sticking with AYSO and becoming its leader.
April 26, 2002
The Newport Beach Slammers' under-12 girls soccer squad captured the State Cup with a thrilling 1-0 victory over a club team from Laguna Hills. Justyne Freud scored the lone goal, 15 minutes into the first half, on a cross from Camille Levin. The Slammers grabbed the state title while not allowing a goal throughout their five wins in the tournament. The Newport Beach girls have advanced to the Western Region Championships in Salt Lake City, which will be in late June, when they will take on state champions from 12 other western states.
February 11, 2012
GIRLS' SOCCER Mater Dei 2, Corona del Mar 0 SANTA ANA - The visiting Sea Kings lost for the first time since Dec. 10 in the nonleague regular-season finale. CdM (20-2-2), the Pacific Coast League champion, rested standouts Maddie O'Connor (ankle) and Annie Alvarado (general soreness), Sea Kings Coach Bryan Middleton said. CIF Southern Section playoff pairings will be announced Monday.
February 8, 2014
BOYS' SOCCER Sage Hill 4, Crean Lutheran 1 IRVINE — Senior Kavi Sakraney and junior Nikolai Sadeghi scored two goals each for the Lightning in the Academy League match at the Great Park Saturday. Sadeghi produced two assists, while Sakraney and junior Juan Rodriguez provided one each. Sage Hill (14-0-2, 10-0-1 in league), ranked No. 10 in CIF Southern Section Division 6, plays host to rival St. Margaret's in a match for the Academy League title, as both teams are 10-0-1 in league, Thursday at 5 p.m.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | February 6, 2008
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — For Sage Hill School, Tuesday wasn’t just Super, it was epic. For the first time in school history, the Lightning girls’ soccer team defeated archrival St. Margaret’s, ending the Tartans’ 10-game unbeaten streak. The 1-0 Tuesday night win is likely to decide the Academy League champion, though both schools have one more game left in the regular season. Sage Hill (11-8-2, 8-0-1 in league) will play the Whitney Wildcats, who it defeated, 4-0, Jan. 14, on Thursday.
October 29, 2012
The UC Irvine women's soccer team is the No. 4 seed in the Big West Conference Tournament that begins Thursday at UCI. The Anteaters (9-8-3, 5-1-3 in conference) completed the regular season with a scoreless tie against conference visitor Hawaii on Sunday to finish fourth in the Big West. Coach Scott Juniper's squad will likely need to win the Big West Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. UCI plays host to top-seeded Cal State Fullerton (10-8-0, 7-2)
November 26, 2013
Orange Coast College sophomore goalkeeper Nathan Brown has been named Orange Empire Conference Co-Most Valuable Player to highlight eight Orange Coast College players recognized on the coaches' all-conference selections in men's soccer. Brown, who helped lead the Pirates (10-4-4, 9-2-3 in conference) to their first conference title since 1991, is joined on the first team by sophomore repeat honoree Jorge Sanchez, sophomore Thales Serra, as well as freshmen defenders Blake Mooney and Josh Madrid.
September 17, 2013
UC Irvine seniors Natalia Ledezma and Jordan Bruce have been named Big West Conference offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, in women's soccer. Ledezma scored the game-winner in a 1-0 upset of then-No. 6-ranked BYU on Saturday, marking the highest-ranked opponent UCI has ever defeated. Ledezma leads the team in scoring with three goals and one assist and she has 18 goals and 15 assists as an Anteater, since transferring from UCLA following the 2010 season.
April 10, 2014
The Corona del Mar High football team, the defending CIF State Division III Bowl Game champion, won a CIF Southern Section Academic Award by having a cumulative 3.35 grade-point average, and the Newport Harbor girls' cross-country team won as well in its sport with a 3.89 GPA. The Back Bay programs have the highest GPAs for schools with an enrollments above 1,500 students. The CdM girls' track and field team finished second in its sport with a 3.66 GPA, while boys' soccer took fourth (3.43 GPA)
By Matt Szabo | April 10, 2014
Junior midfielder Shelby Brown called the end of the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer season "crazy," and nobody who saw the games would argue. Two tight wins on the road at the end of league helped the Sea Kings win their fourth straight outright league title. In the first, CdM had to survive a last-minute, penalty-kick attempt against Beckman. In the second, the Sea Kings had to rally from a two-goal deficit at Northwood in the final 20 minutes. CdM then earned two shootout wins in its first two games of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, against Fountain Valley and Upland.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 9, 2014
Three years ago, Marco Pineda played much bigger than his size as a freshman at Estancia High. Pineda, then 4-foot-10, made sure no one pushed him around on the soccer field. Size didn't matter to Pineda, who proved it as a defender with gritty play. The frosh-soph coach raved about Pineda to the head varsity coach, Robert Castellano. One day, Castellano came out to watch Pineda, before he walked away with one question. "Could Pineda perform on the varsity level with his tiny size?"
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 4, 2014
Fans began to chant, "Si se puede!" and the Estancia High boys' soccer team never lost hope. The Eagles trailed by one late in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs and they kept fighting. Time was running out on the Eagles against Baldwin Park on Tuesday. Their coach, Robert Castellano, raced to the fence to track down a ball with 5 minutes left, trying to save time to give the Eagles another chance to tie the match. He then turned to the home crowd, the biggest to see his team play during his five seasons in charge.
By Matt Szabo | March 3, 2014
The La Cañada High girls' soccer team came into Monday's CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal playoff match with 20 wins and one tie this season. All it takes in CIF, though, is one loss to be sent home. Unseeded Sage Hill pushed No. 3 La Cañada for 100 minutes of play on the pitch, and 10 penalty kicks. But all it took was one well-placed shot by Spartans sophomore Emma Tapp to end the game, as well as the Lightning's season. Tapp scored the game-winner on the 10th penalty kick as La Cañada won the shootout, 7-6, after the teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtime periods.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 1, 2014
The place the Estancia High boys' soccer team frequents is where Abarham Cortez, one of its players, works. Subway is the spot the Eagles bond off the field. Coaches and teammates say they enjoy watching Cortez make them a sandwich. They joke that he's a sandwich artist after all. The plays Cortez has been making on the field lately are also artistic. Those are what the Eagles admire the most, him serving up goals with his right or left foot, not foot-long sandwiches behind a counter.
By Matt Szabo | February 28, 2014
TUSTIN - They came back to the place where it all started, the crazy four straight wins that propelled the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team to its fourth straight Pacific Coast League title and the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals. Tustin High felt different than it did 17 days earlier, when CdM beat Beckman to start the run. On Friday night an umbrella was needed. The rain was on again, off again, and heavy at times. The result also was different. It didn't go the Sea Kings' way. Foothill sophomore forward Sarah Moss scored in the 66th minute and the No. 3-seeded Knights hung on for a 1-0 quarterfinal victory, ending CdM's season.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Don't bring up the last time the Estancia High boys' soccer team won the CIF Southern Section title to Robert Castellano. He begrudgingly will thank you for reminding him. That special season 14 years ago can be a sensitive issue for him at times. He missed being a part of that section championship team because he graduated the year before the school won it all. Castellano never played for a section title, but he is now one win away from coaching the Eagles in one. As the coach, Castellano is in full control, always composed.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 26, 2014
For the second straight time in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer team survived penalty kicks. The difference from the first time and the second time is more CdM fans witnessed the Sea Kings keep their season alive. And they made sure to celebrate with the Sea Kings on the field. Corona del Mar won the second-round match against Upland in a shootout, 4-3, after the two sides didn't score in regulation and overtime on Wednesday.
By Barry Faulkner | February 26, 2014
Just so her teachers know, a dog didn't eat Claire Novotny's homework. But in the event that the Sage Hill School sophomore comes up a little short in the classroom on Thursday, some would suggest she has an iron-clad alibi. Novotny fired in a booming shot from 31 yards out into the upper corner of the net to lift the Lightning girls' soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory over visiting Paloma Valley in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs on Wednesday.
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