Big West Conference rivals Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside pulled off stunning upsets Saturday night, winning on the road against Southern California's most storied programs.
The Matadors rallied for a 3-2 nonconference triumph at eighth-ranked UCLA, and Riverside beat No. 16 UC Santa Barbara -- also by a 3-2 scoreline -- for the second time this season.
Northridge (7-7-1) halted the Bruins' second five-game winning streak of the campaign. Riverside (8-5-2) handed the Gauchos their second successive Big West loss, leaving the national power in danger of missing the conference and NCAA tournaments.
In Westwood, Jose Luis Garcia (Sun Valley/Poly HS) set up goals by Brian Behrad (Woodland Hills/Taft HS) in the 83rd minute and Edwin Rivas (Los Angeles/Santee Educational Complex) in the 87th as Northridge rallied from a late deficit.
Freshman Christian Gonzalez Diaz (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) gave the Matadors a 34th-minute lead, but Chandler Hoffman netted his 12th and 13th goals of the season in the next 10 minutes to push UCLA (10-4-1) ahead.
In Santa Barbara, Cesar Diaz Pizzarro (Chino/Ayala HS) scored in the 72nd minute to lift Riverside (8-5-2), which climbed to third place in the Big West.
UC Santa Barbara (9-5-1) rallied twice from deficits, with Luis Silva (Los Angeles/Salesian HS) scoring his 10th goal of the year and setting up Sam Garza for another, but couldn't hold off the Highlanders.
Richie Osborne provided the first lead, about midway through the first half, and Jon-Paul Medina made it 2-1 in the 63rd.
In other men's action:
Freshman Cameron Iwasa tallied three minutes into overtime to send Big West co-leader UC Irvine (13-4-0) to a 1-0 victory over Orange County rival Cal State Fullerton (7-5-3). Jimmy Turner (Mission Viejo/Mission Viejo HS) played his 76th career game for the seventh-ranked Anteaters, fifth-most in program history.
Honolulu product Marc Hope and Osvaldo Bastida (Anaheim/Katella HS) scored second-half goals as Cal Baptist (11-4-0) completed a perfect four-game trip to Hawaii with a 2-1 Pacific West Conference victory over Hawaii-Hilo.
Jeremy Bishop (Glendora/Glendora HS) set up Michael Sahagian (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS) in the 87th minute, then converted a penalty kick in the 88th, and Azusa Pacific (11-2-1), No. 11 in the NAIA rankings, pulled away to a 3-0 Golden State Athletic Conference win over visiting San Diego Christian.
Cody Shelton (Joshua Tree/Yucca Valley HS) scored a late equalizer, then served in the corner kick for Zach Bautista (Orange/Villa Park) to net the overtime winner as Biola (8-5-2) posted a 2-1 GSAC victory at Point Loma Nazarene.
UC Santa Barbara transfer Christian Ramirez (Garden Grove/La Quinta HS) scored his 16th goal of the year and set up David Garcia for another goal, and No. 13 Concordia (12-2-0), the GSAC leader, forged a 2-0 win over The Master's (10-2-3).
Irishman Kevin Cornwall scored his ninth and 10th goals of the year to lead No. 22 Vanguard (11-5-0) to a 4-0 GSAC romp over visiting Westmont.
Zach Hoffer (Temecula/Great Oak HS) scored midway through the first half, but Hope International (5-7-1) couldn't hold on in a 2-1 GSAC loss at Fresno Pacific.
Charles Izydorek (Redlands/Arrowhead Christian Academy) scored a hat trick and assisted a fourth goal and Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference leader Redlands (15-3-0) scored at least a half-dozen goals for the fourth straight game to extend its winning streak to 13 games -- one shy of the school record -- with a 7-0 rout of Caltech (1-15-0).
Jonathan Palomino (Los Angeles/Schurr HS) scored with a minute and half to go in overtime, his second goal of the game, to give Whittier (7-8-0) a 3-2 SCIAC victory at Cal Lutheran (3-14-0). Englishman Sam Russell forced OT as the Poets rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Adolfo Santos (Downey/Peninsula HS) assisted the tying and winning goals.
Jared Bernstein netted a hat trick as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (11-4-1) scored five goals in the first 27 minutes of an 8-1 SCIAC rout of visiting La Verne (5-8-1).
Lawrence McDonald's goal midway through the first half sent Pomona-Pitzer (9-7-0) to a 1-0 victory at Occidental (4-12-0).
WOMEN: Biola can't keep 'Loma from GSAC title
Biola failed to finish its chances, and Point Loma Nazarene clinched a share of the Golden State Athletic Conference's regular-season title -- and the top seed in the conference's postseason tournament -- with a 1-0 victory in San Diego.
Erica Wessels scored in the 10th minute, heading home a Katherine Caldwell corner kick, and the Sea Lions (15-0-1), ranked fourth in NAIA, improved to 7-0 in conference play.
Biola (8-6-0), which would have pulled into a first-place tie with a victory, nearly scored four times, but Point Loma goalkeeper Tiffany Kracy (Whittier/La Habra HS) made a leaping save on a point-blank shot by Chrissy King in the first half, second-half attempts by Jessica Austin (Altadena/Maranatha HS) and Taylor Lundquist hit the crossbar, and a shot by Sarina Coutin (Saugus/Hart HS and College of the Canyons) in the 88th minute was cleared by defender Madi White (Valencia/Valencia HS).
Biola, which saw its five-game winning streak halted, is 5-2 in GSAC play.
In other women's action:
Kylee Nicassio (Alta Loma/Los Osos HS) scored her 12th goal of the season, and Bernadette Witz (Temecula/Temecula Valley HS) added two late goals and an assist as Cal Baptist (12-1-1) finished a four-game, four-win trip to Hawaii with a 6-1 Pacific West Conference rout of Hawaii-Hilo.
Brittany Cadena (Highland/Redlands East Valley HS), Heidi Witschi, Shannon Hardy and Janelle Bailey scored second-half goals as No. 6 Azusa Pacific (9-2-1) turned a tight game into a 5-0 GSAC romp over San Diego Christian.
Jacqueline Turner (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS and Santiago Canyon College) converted a penalty kick, then fed Rachel Hook (Newbury Park/Newbury Park HS) for the winner as No. 14 Concordia (12-3-1) claimed a 2-1 GSAC victory over No. 24 The Master's (9-7-0).
Pepperdine transfer Lindsey Holman-Kelley scored in overtime to lead Vanguard (10-3-1) past visiting Wesmont, 2-1, in a GSAC clash.
Sinead Vaughan (Simi Valley/Royal HS) set up a goal by Jen Jones (Thousand Oaks/Thousand Oaks HS) after 97 seconds, then added one of her own in the 25th minute as Cal Lutheran (17-1-0), No. 11 in the NCAA Division III rankings, ran to a 4-0 SCIAC victory at Whittier (1-14-0).
Madi Shove tallied twice in the second half to lift Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (7-5-3) to a 2-0 SCIAC victory over La Verne (2-11-3).
Claire Mueller's goal 9½ minutes into overtime carried Pomona-Pitzer (9-4-1) to a 1-0 SCIAC victory over visiting Occidental (5-8-0).
Azusa Pacific 3 (Nienhuis 48, Sahagian 87, Bishop pen. 88), San Diego Christian 0
Bethesda Christian 2, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 1, OT
Cal Lutheran 2 (Hibbert 28, Santana 76), Whittier 3 (Palomino pen. 83, 109, Russell 85), OT
Chapman 1 (Richardson 15), Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 1 (McGlynn 17), OT
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 8 (Doyle 7, Taylor 9, Bernstein 13, 17, pen. 62, Ullman 27, Garcia 65, Hallberg 81), La Verne 1 (Estrada 55)
Concordia 2 (Ramirez 11, Garcia 33), The Master's 0
Fresno Pacific 2 (Nazare 44, Mattaliano 63), Hope International 1 (Hoffer 24)
Hawaii-Hilo 1 (Motosue 38), Cal Baptist 2 (Hope 51, Bastida 67)
Occidental 0, Pomona-Pitzer 1 (McDonald 24)
Point Loma Nazarene 1 (Hall 58), Biola 2 (Shelton 87, Bautista 97), OT
Redlands 7 (Carlson 9, Day 16, Izydorek 29, 44, 74, Cottam 55, Berggren 88), Caltech 0
UC Santa Barbara 2 (Silva 31, Garza 66), UC Riverside 3 (Osborne 27, Medina 63, Diaz Pizarro 72)
UCLA 2 (Hoffman 39, 44), Cal State Northridge (Gonzalez 34, Behrad 83, Rivas 87)
Marymount 5 (Ahlgren 13, 19, 28, Daisley-West 27, Gonzales 72), Arizona Christian 0
Azusa Pacific 5 (Wood 26, Cadena 46, Witschi 63, S. Hardy 79, Bailey 89), San Diego Christian 0
Chapman 0, Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) 0, OT
Concordia 2 (Turner pen. 16, Hook 34), The Master's 1 (Coyle 22)
Fresno Pacific 3 (Hamilton 16, Chaney 42, Slocum 89), Hope International 0
Hawaii-Hilo 1 (Lopicollo 58), Cal Baptist 6 (Allard 3, Lammers 32, da Silva 63, Nicassio 48, Witz 82, 85)
La Verne 0, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2 (Shove 59, 85)
Point Loma Nazarene 1 (Wessels 11), Biola 0
Pomona-Pitzer 1 (Mueller 100), Biola 0, OT
Soka 0, Holy Names 1
Vanguard 1 (Holman-Kelley 104), Westmont 0, OT
Whittier 0, Cal Lutheran 4 (Jones 2, Vaughan 25, Rains 26, Virgen 62)
Marymount 6 (Luna 5, 11, Andrianinen 29, 31, Reiser 42, Ferrelli 59), Arizona Christian 0
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