SBVC women prevail 1-0 for state title

Well it’s over and the San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team is officially a state champion.

The Wolverines (20-1-3) defeated Santa Rosa 1-0 in the title game at College of the Canyons, the lone score coming on a second-half penalty kick by Crystal Sanchez in the 72nd minute. 
SBVC got a bit lucky. It looked the Bear Cubs had the equalizer with 13:50 left when Lauren Curtin raced in and chipped a shot over goalkeeper Bianca Contreras rushing in but the referee called offside just as Curtin got the kick off.
The last two minutes of the game and the stoppage time was spent in the SBVC end with defenders knocking the ball out of bounds several times.
SBVC finished with 9 shots to 6 for Santa Rosa but the only shot on goal was the penalty kick.
It was a job well done for a team that overcome numerous obstacles. The 20 wins are a first in school history. 
The team was just 7-39-4 in the three years before Kristin Hauge took over as coach so she should be commended for a building a total program. She got the team above .500 her first year and got a team into the playoffs in 2007, her third year. Now it has three straight Foothill Conference titles and a state title.

SBVC women finally get a goal

Finally, some action.

The San Bernardino Valley College women have taken a 1-0 lead over Santa Rosa in the California Community College Athletic Association state title game at College of the Canyons.
With 17:56 left in the game Mariela Ortega was taken down in the penalty box by Santa Rosa’s Lauren Romano. Crystal Sanchez converted the penalty kick to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
That could do it. That was the first official shot on goal. Neither team has had a quality scoring chance. Now they need to play defense and a first state title will be theirs.
There have been 9 shots for San Bernardino and 5 for Santa Rosa but the penalty shot was the lone one on goal.

Mt. SAC wins men’s soccer title

The Mt. San Antonio men’s soccer team left little doubt as to who is the best team in the state. The Mounties throttled host College of the Canyons 4-0 on Sunday to repeat as California Community College Athletic Association champions.

The game wasn’t even that close as the Mounties finished with 24shots to 7 for the Cougars. It was only 1-0 at the half on a penalty kick goal by Luis Fuentes.
Mt. SAC (19-1-4) came out the aggressor early in the second half and took control. Fuentes’ second goal game eight minutes in off a pass from Javier Castro. The third on wild possession in which the Mounties got off four shots on goal, three of those by Fuentes who converted the last rebound.
The game got chippy late with Canyons (17-6-2), making its first trip to the state tournament, being dominated and frustrated. It got the first of three red cards with eight minutes left and was never in contention again.
The game was actually called 40 seconds early with a four-goal differential and Canyons down three players.
Fuentes was named Most Valuable Player.
The Mounties appear to have a good chance at a three-peat with just five players departing.

Coyotes pull basketball upset

No one saw this coming!

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team upset No. 15 Cal State Dominguez Hills 59-49 on Saturday at the Toro Dome.
The Coyotes (2-2, 1-1) had played horrific basketball the first three games and were lucky to be 1-2. Team chemistry seemed to be an issue. Too many turnovers too. Missed free throws. You name it.
They had lost a night earlier to Cal State Los Angeles, marking the first time in Coach Jeff Oliver’s tenure the Coyotes lost to the Golden Eagles.
Well the Coyotes pulled one off. It was hardly good basketball on either side but Dominguez was slightly worse. The teams combined for 45 turnovers – 23 for the Toros and 22 for the Coyotes.
Cal State shot 36.5 percent while Dominguez shot 30 percent. But this is what did it. The Coyotes led 28-25 at the half, only because Corey Caston banked one in from half court at the buzzer.
Then the Toros missed 19 of their first 20 shots in the second half. Many were chippies right underneath the basket too. The Coyotes pulled out to a 17-point lead, then started turning the ball over and had to hold on for dear life.
Theron Laudermill turned in a solid effort with 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks despite spending much of the night in the paint squaring off against Toros 7-footer Amir Aguilar,
Oliver was quick to point out that Dominguez (6-1, 2-1)  likely had a hangover from a tough game against Cal Poly Pomona the previous night. While his team did not play well, it did play hard. It outworked and outhustled the more talented Toros and that was the difference between a win and a loss.
So it looks like there is hope for this team.

SBVC women advance to state title game

The San Bernardino Valley College women’s soccer team will play for the state championship for the first time.

The Wolverines (19-1-4) earned that right by chalking up a 2-0 win over Fresno City on Friday in state semifinal action at College of the Canyons. 
After the game players said they were nervous but it didn’t show. They played with poise and didn’t look the part of a first-time semifinalist.
SBVC got a goal and an assist from sophomore Araceli Sanchez. She assisted Kayla Kellstrom on a goal in the first half, then scored on a breakaway with 15 minutes left in the second that pretty much sealed the outcome.
SBVC had 20 shots to just 8 for the Rams with SBVC having a 12-2 advantage in shots in the second half. They dominated play after getting the goal in the first half and were the aggressor in the second.
The Wolverines also got a stellar performance in goal from Bianca Contreras who had her eighth shutout, first in the playoffs.
SBVC will play Santa Rosa at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Canyons for the state title. Based on the caliber of teams it had to get past in the South, the edge goes to the Wolverines. 

SBVC women up 1-0 at the half

The San Bernardino Valley College women are 45 minutes away from a berth in the state championship game.

he Wolverines got a first half goal from sophomore forward Kayla Kellstrom, assisted by Araceli Sanchez, and lead Fresno City College 1-0 in semifinal play at College of the Canyons.
SBVC had eight shots to four for Fresno in the first half.
SBVC keeper Bianca Contreras had three saves while Tegan Coltra had two for the Rams.

JC soccer semifinals underway

The Mt. SAC men advanced to the state soccer championship, posting a 2-1 win over West Valley, the difference being a penalty kick by Garey High School product Alberto Verduzco in the 86th minute. 

Javier Castro had the other goal for Mt. SAC
The Mounties (18-1-4) will play host College of the Canyons in the 10 a.m. title game on Sunday. Canyons advanced with a 3-0 win over Fresno.
The San Bernardino Valley College women just took the field to being their warm-up for the 7 p.m., game against Fresno. The winner advances to Sunday’s 2 p.m. final against Santa Rosa, which just finished off Cerritos 1-0.