Claremont-Mudd-Scripps did it again, prevailing at the finish against Redlands to claim the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III men's tournament.
The Stags (13-5-2), guided by original Galaxy captain Dan Calichman, outfired regular-season champion Redlands (18-3-1) in a penalty-kick shootout following a 1-1 draw on the road. It's the third straight year Claremont has beaten the Bulldogs in the SCIAC title game.
The teams traded goals 85 seconds apart midway through the second half, and Claremont stayed alive when goalkeeper Ricky Doar saved a penalty kick by Cody Carlson (Burbank/Burbank HS), after Daniel Price (Quartz Hill/Quartz Hill HS) was red-carded, with 2:40 remaining in overtime.
Matej Kustura scored for Redlands, which is No. 14 in the D3 rankings, in the 63rd minute. Eric Bean's header pulled the Stags even in the 64th.
Claremont had a 4-2 edge in the shootout, clinching when Jaison Kimura converted in the fourth couplet.
In other men's action:
Cal Baptist (13-5-0) won a share of the Pacific West Conference title in its first season at the NCAA Division II level, clinching as Osvaldo Bastida (Anaheim/Katella HS) and Marc Hope scored second-half goals in a 3-1 victory over Dixie State (8-8-2). The Lancers, who went 10-2 to finish even with Hawaii Pacific in PacWest play, are still in their transition period and not eligible for the NCAA tournament, but they will play in the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament.
Edgar Orozco (Santa Ana/Santa Ana HS, Corona HS and Golden West College) struck twice in the first 16 minutes and No. 13 Concordia (14-3-1) built a three-goal lead in the second half en route to a 4-2 romp over No. 10 Azusa Pacific (12-3-3) in a Golden State Athletic Conference tournament semifinal. UC Santa Barbara transfer Christian Ramirez (Garden Grove/La Quinta HS) had an assist hat trick for the Eagles, who will be home against Biola in the title game next Saturday.
Cameroonian freshman Collins Egbe scored in the 84th minute and fifth-seeded Biola (12-5-2) topped No. 21 Fresno Pacific (12-6-0), the GSAC regular-season champ, in the tournament semifinals.
Hayden Leslie (Apple Valley/Apple Valley Christian) scored in the 87th minute to give UC Riverside (9-5-4) a 1-1 draw with UC Davis (7-7-3) in a regular-season finale, a result that cemented the order of finish in the Big West Conference and set up the fourth-place Highlanders' league tournament semifinal Wednesday at top seed UC Irvine. UC Davis, which finished third, will play at UC Santa Barbara in the other semi.
Brian Behrad (Woodland Hills/Taft HS) and Christian Gonzalez Diaz (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) scored goals as Cal State Northridge (8-8-3) scored a 2-1 Big West victory at Cal State Fullerton (7-7-5) to close both programs' disappointing campaigns.
WOMEN: Cal Lutheran survives for SCIAC double
Cal Lutheran's 16-game winning streak came to an end but its grip on the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title was maintained in a dramatic league tournament final in Thousand Oaks.
The Regals (21-1-1), No. 10 in the NCAA Division III rankings, failed to hold on after taking an early lead and required triumph on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw with visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (13-5-2).
Cal Lu converted all five attempts in the shootout, with Nicole Rains providing the decisive kick in the 5-3 triumph.
Lindsay Armenta (Camarillo/Rio Mesa HS and Ventura College) gave Cal Lutheran a lead after just 69 seconds, but Isabel Lester pulled the Athenas even in the 79th minute.
In other women's action:
Loyola Marymount (7-10-3) finished its season with a scoreless draw against visiting Seattle, ending a five-game losing streak behind fine backline performances by seniors Jaide Garcia (Lancaster/Desert Christian HS) and Marissa Zamora.
Azusa Pacific 2 (Bulut 53, Yang 89), Concordia 4 (Orozco 3, 16, Prado 49, Chavez 72)
Cal Baptist 3 (Sanchez 15, Bastida 54, Hope 83), Dixie State (Utah) 1 (Roylance 26)
Cal State Fullerton 1 (Clardy 90), Cal State Northridge 2 (Behrad 40, Gonzalez Diaz 71)
Fresno Pacific 0, Biola 1 (Egbe 84)
Redlands 1 (Kustura 63), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 1 (Bean 64), OT (CMS wins tournament on penalties, 4-2)
UC Riverside 1 (Leslie 87), UC Davis 1 (Joslin 60), OT
Cal Lutheran 1 (Armenta 2), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 1 (Lester 78), OT (Cal Lutheran wins tournament on penalties, 5-3)
Loyola Marymount 0, Seattle 0, OT
Home teams listed first