COLLEGE: Hope rallies, falls in NCCAA opener

Hope International rallied from a quick two-goal deficit Wednesday, but it wasn't enough in their opener at the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.

A 3-2 loss to top-seeded Covenant College of Lookout Mountain, Ga., sent the Royals (10-9-1) to the consolation bracket, in which they will meet Campbellsville (Ky.) University (17-5-0) on Thursday.

Matthew Howard (Temecula/Great Oak HS) scored in the 51st and 69th minutes for Hope, the second on a penalty kick, as Hope overcame a two-goal deficit in the first five minutes. Chris Pifer's second goal of the game, in the 75th minute, was decisive for Covenant (14-6-1).

POSTPONED: Harsh weather and poor field conditions postponed all action at the NAIA women's championship in Decatur, Ala. The quarterfinal showdown pitting third-seeded Azusa Pacific (18-1-2) against Golden State Athletic Conference rival Cal Baptist (15-5-2), the No. 11 seed from Riverside, has been rescheduled for Thursday.