UC Irvine and its Orange County rival Cal State Fullerton are off to their best starts in men's soccer in years, but any hopes for unbeaten campaigns -- realistic or not -- are now dead.
The fifth-ranked Anteaters and the Titans suffered their first defeats Sunday, dropping tight encounters on the East Coast.
Irvine (7-1-0) fell, 2-0, in a showdown with 12th-ranked South Florida, which got goals from Wesley Charpie in the 13th minute and Dom Dwyer in the 82nd.
Fullerton (5-1-1), which is ranked 24th by Soccer America, was beaten, 2-1, at George Mason on Taylor Morgan's penalty kick with about 20 minutes to go. Nick Posthuma (Pasadena/St. Francis HS) scored for the Fullerton in the 52nd minute, answering Julio Aronja's strike in the final minute of the second half.
In other men's action:
Kelyn Rowe's spectacular shot from 30 yards -- off the left post, off the right post and in -- 88 seconds into overtime lifted UCLA (4-2-1) to a 1-0 victory at San Diego.
Ben Sperber (Palm Desert/Desert Christian HS) provided an early lead, but UC Riverside (3-2-1) settled for a 1-1 draw with visiting San Jose State when Nick Cashmere tallied with 92 seconds left in regulation.
Jason Swope scored twice in the final 10 minutes of regulation as Cal State L.A. (4-0-2), ranked 10th in NCAA Division II, rallied for a 2-2 California Collegiate Athletic Association draw with visiting Chico State.
Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-2-1) closed a tough CCAA weekend as Cal State Stanislaus used a physical game plan -- committing 25 fouls to 11 for the Toros -- en route to a 1-0 victory. CSUDH was ranked 23rd in the NCAA Division II poll but lost, 5-0, Friday to Chico State.
Cal Poly Pomona (4-2-0) topped visiting UC San Diego, 3-0, in a CCAA clash on goals by Boris Beta, Ian Trantow (Riverside/Arlington HS) and Jonathan Enns.
WOMEN: Hubbard's hat trick lifts Long Beach
Nicole Hubbard scored a hat trick as Long Beach State broke out a deadly attack Sunday afternoon, routing St. Mary's, 6-0, at George Allen Field.
Hubbard (Lakewood/Mayfair HS) tallied in the 17th, 29th and 64th minutes for the 49ers (6-3-0), who also received big games from Shawna Gordon and Nadia Link.
Gordon (Rancho Cucamonga/Los Osos HS) added a goal and two assists, and Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) netted her eighth goal of the season and assisted another.
St. Mary's (7-2-1) had won six in a row, including a 2-1 win Friday night at UC Irvine.
In other women's action:
Cal State L.A. transfer Ann Marie Tangorra (Arcadia/Arcadia HS) scored her first three goals for Cal State Fullerton in a span of 3 minutes, 40 seconds, leading the Titans (4-4-1) to a 4-1 victory over North Texas and the title at New Mexico's tournament.
Anisa Guajardo scored from Michelle Pao's free kick with 1:40 to play in regulation, and No. 9 Pepperdine (7-0-3) rallied for a 1-1 draw with Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Micaela Capelle set up goals by Ellen Parker in the third minute and Amanda Frisbie three minutes into the second half as struggling giant Portland overcame visiting USC, 2-1. Ashley Freyer tallied for the Women of Troy (3-6-0).
Roxie McFarland's last-minute free kick sent New Mexico to a 2-1 victory over visiting UC Riverside (4-5-1). Lindsey Ahmed (Alta Loma/Los Osos HS) scored for the Highlanders.
Cal State Dominguez Hills (4-2-0), ranked 14th in the NCAA Division II poll, dropped its second straight 3-1 decision, falling to No. 23 Cal State Stanislaus in Carson.
Cal Poly Pomona (4-1-1) lost its unbeaten status in a 4-0 CCAA loss to fifth-ranked UC San Diego. Among the Tritons' goalscorers were Izzy Pozurama (Lake Forest/El Toro HS) and Anne Wethe (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS).
Long Beach State transfer Janet Mendez (Palmdale/Highland HS) scored about 15 minutes into the second half to lead Cal State L.A. (3-2-1) to a 1-0 CCAA win over visiting Chico State.
Cal Poly Pomona 3 (Beta 16, Trantow 40, Enns 65), UC San Diego 0
Cal State Dominguez Hills 0, Cal State Stanislaus 1 (Avila 24)
Cal State L.A. 2 (Swope pen. 81, 88), Chico State 2 (Guzman pen. 37, Levar 75), OT
George Mason 2 (Arjona 45, Morgan pen. 69), Cal State Fullerton 1 (Posthuma 51)
La Sierra 4 (Ornelas 19, Nolan 26, Escamilla 48, Trevino 89), Pacific Union 0
San Diego 0, UCLA 1 (Rowe 92), OT
San Francisco State 2 (Mendoza pen. 12, Assadi 70), Cal State San Bernardino 1 (Ayala 69)
South Florida 2 (Charpie 13, Dwyer 82), UC Irvine 0
UC Riverside 1 (Sperber 5), San Jose State 1 (Cashmere 89), OT
Bethesda Christian 14, Pacific Union 4
Cal Poly 1 (Haggarty 63), Pepperdine 1 (Guajardo 89), OT
Cal Poly Pomona 0, UC San Diego 4 (Wethe 47, Callahan 54, Pozurama 84, Hill 88)
Cal State Dominguez Hills 1 (Murphy 66), Cal State Stanislaus 3 (Poon 24, Scherrer 30, Nestler 62)
Cal State L.A. 1 (Mendez 59), Chico State 0
Long Beach State 6 (Hubbard 17, 29, 64, Gordon 50, Link 60, Mack 71), St. Mary's 0
New Mexico 2 (Martinez 42, McFarland 90), UC Riverside 1 (Ahmed 54)
North Texas 1 (Hodges 72), Cal State Fullerton 4 (Tangorra 28, 29, 32, Wilson 46)
Portland 2 (Parker 3, Frisbie 49), USC 1 (Freyer 16)
San Francisco State 2 (Vanni 17, 56), Cal State San Bernardino 0
Home teams listed first