COLLEGE: UC Irvine loses NCAA opener

UC Irvine rallied late to force overtime, but the seventh-ranked Anteaters couldn't stop St. Mary's at the end, dropping a 2-1 decision in their NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament opener Sunday night.

Justin Howard's header nearly 13 minutes into overtime lifted the Gaels (10-6-5) into a third-round clash at Brown (12-4-3), which upset ninth-seeded St. John's.

Riley Hanley scored from a deflected corner kick in the 58th minute to provide a lead for St. Mary's, the West Coast Conference champion. Big West Conference titlist Irvine (16-6-1), which had a first-round bye, pulled even on a finish by Miguel Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS) in the 84th, his team-best ninth goal of the season.

The decisive goal followed a cleared corner kick that was sent back into the Anteaters' box and was headed about a half-dozen times between the sides before falling to Howard, who nodded it home.

In other men's action:

  • Chandler Hoffman scored in the 83rd minute, his 16th of the season, and goalkeeper Brian Rowe posted his sixth straight shutout to lead No. 4 UCLA (16-4-1) to an NCAA Division I second-round victory over visiting Delaware. The Bruins will be home next Sunday evening at 5 against Rutgers (10-6-4), which toppled fourth-seeded Boston College on penalties.

  • Luis Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) scored his 17th goal of the season and sent a through ball for Dom Sarle's finish in the second half to lead UC Santa Barbara (15-6-1) to a 3-2 win over visiting Providence (11-8-1) and into an NCAA Division I third-round showdown with No. 2 Creighton (19-2-0) next weekend in Omaha, Neb. Josue Madueno also tallied for the Gauchos.

WOMEN: Long Beach is elite, among eight

Freshman Ashley Roese's first career goal was a big one, lifting Long Beach State past San Diego and into the elite eight of the NCAA Division I women's tournament.

Roese's surprise shot in 56th minute, aided by poor field conditions in a driving rainstorm, gave the 49ers (18-5-1) a 1-0 triumph UCLA's Drake Stadium. They'll meet third-ranked Duke (20-3-1) in a quarterfinal Friday night in Durham, N.C.

West Coast Conference co-champion San Diego (12-8-2), which had ousted UC Irvine and UCLA on penalty kicks, nearly tied the score in the 84th minute, but Natalie Garcia hit the crossbar.

In other women's action:

  • Alyx Williams' 14th-minute goal was enough for Chico State (13-6-5), which advanced to the NCAA Division II final four in Pensacola, Fla., with a 1-0 victory over Abilene Christian (20-2-1) at Cal State L.A. The Wildcats, from the California Collegiate Athletic Association, will on Dec. 1 meet two-time defending champion Grand Valley State (20-0-3), which beat Cal State Dominguez Hills and UC San Diego, from the CCAA, in the past two finals.


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UC Irvine 1 (Ibarra 84), St. Mary's 2 (Hanley 58, Howard 103), OT

UC Santa Barbara 3 (Silva 6, Madueno 41, Sarle 72), Providence 2 (Adler 68, Baumann 83)

UCLA 1 (Hoffman 84), Delaware 0



Chico State 1 (Williams 14), Abilene Christian 0

Long Beach State 1 (Roese 56), San Diego 0

Home teams listed first


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Division I

Third round (Sunday)

Indiana (13-3-5) at North Carolina (18-2-2)

St. Mary's (10-6-5) at Brown (12-4-3)

Louisville (13-6-2) at Maryland (14-3-3)

Rutgers (10-6-4) at UCLA (16-4-1)

James Madison (13-4-2) at Connecticut (18-3-2)

Akron (15-3-4) at Charlotte (13-4-2)

New Mexico (18-0-3) at South Florida (13-3-3)

UC Santa Barbara (15-6-1) at Creighton (19-2-0)

Division II

Semifinals (Dec. 1 at Pensacola, Fla.)

Franklin Pierce (21-0-1) vs. Lynn (14-4-2)

Millersville (14-6-2) vs. Fort Lewis (22-1-0)

Division III

Semifinals (Dec. 2 at San Antonio)

Montclair State (19-3-3) vs. Ohio Wesleyan (12-4-4)

Calvin (18-5-2) vs. Oneonta State (18-2-2)


Division I

Quarterfinals (Friday)

Oklahoma State (22-1-2) at Stanford (22-0-1)

Virginia (17-4-2) at Florida State (17-6-1)

Central Florida (13-4-6) at Wake Forest (17-3-4)

Long Beach State (18-5-1) at Duke (20-3-1)

Division II

Semifinals (Dec. 1 at Pensacola, Fla.)

Grand Valley State (20-0-3) vs. Chico State (13-6-5)

St. Rose (22-1-1) vs. Armstrong Atlantic (18-2-3)

Division III

Semifinals (Dec. 2 at San Antonio)

Wheaton, Ill. (22-1-2) vs. Ithaca (15-3-3)

Messiah (20-0-1) vs. William Smith (20-0-1)



Second round (Nov. 28-29 at Orange Beach, Ala.)

Hastings (21-1-0) vs. St. Xavier (14-8-0)

Science & Arts of Oklahoma (14-8-0) vs. Asusa Pacific (13-3-3)

Rio Grande (18-2-0) vs. Belhaven (16-4-0)

William Carey (14-3-3) vs. Mobile (16-2-1)

Baker (18-1-1) vs. Huston-Tillotson (18-2-1)

Great Falls (16-4-0) vs. Grand View (17-2-2)

Bethel, Tenn. (14-2-2) vs. Southern Poly (16-2-2)

Hannibal-La Grange (16-4-1) vs. Lindsey Wilson (19-0-0)


Second round (Nov. 28-29 at Decatur, Ala.)

Lindsey Wilson (18-0-2) vs. Oklahoma City (17-2-2)

Spring Arbor (19-2-1) vs. Concordia, Ore. (16-4-1)

Olivet Nazarene (17-2-2) vs. Baker (14-3-1)

Embry-Riddle, Fla. (17-2-1) vs. Martin Methodist (14-1-2)

Lee (19-2-0) vs. Houghton (17-3-1)

Westmont (13-6-0) vs. Point Loma Nazarene (19-1-2)

Mobile (18-3-1) vs. Graceland (10-6-4)

Hastings (19-2-1) vs. Azusa Pacific (14-2-2)



First round (Nov. 30 at Kissimmee, Fla.)

Cal Baptist (15-5-0) vs. Southwestern Assemblies of God (10-7-4)

Cedarville (13-6-1) vs. Oakland City (11-5-1)

Judson (13-8-1) vs. Grace (10-7-4)

Palm Beach Atlantic (12-7-0) vs. Geneva (14-5-3)


First round (Nov. 30 at Kissimmee, Fla.)

Cal Baptist (15-2-1) vs. Colorado Christian (5-15-1)

Mount Vernon Nazarene (10-8-2) vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan (13-6-1)

Trinity International (8-9-3) vs. Truett McConnell (8-10-1)

Grace (12-7-2) vs. Asbury (13-8-1)