SBVC men win Foothill Conference soccer crown

The San Bernardino Valley College men’s soccer team blanked Chaffey 3-0 this afternoon to secure the first Foothill Conference championship in history.

The title is all the more noteworthy given that the Wolverines won just three games a year ago.

All say team chemistry and lack of work ethic were the major issues that held back what looked to be a talented team, at least on paper.

SBVC got first half goals from Ricardo Sigala and Daniel Topete with Stephen Campos adding an insurance goal in the second half.

Sophomore Daniel Angulo was the usual rock in goal. He collected 12 saves, one of them coming on a penalty kick by Edgar Llamas in the second half. It was his 10th shutout of the season.

There were a few congratulatory handshakes and the obligatory pictures but the celebration was pretty low-key, especially considering it was a first for the team. But that goes to show that this team has more than just a conference title in mind.

Chaffey has a quality team as well. It won the conference title last year and had a lot of those players back. So the Panthers could give other teams a run if they make the field for the playoffs as an at-large qualifier.


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Cal State volleyball team stays No. 3

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team remained No. 3 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll but there was a change at the top.

Reigning champion Concordia-St. Paul lost a conference match to formerly No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3-2. It dropped to No. 4 with Duluth moving to No. 2 and Tampa, Fla., moving to 1 from 2.

Cal State Athletic Director Kevin Hatcher said his school is putting the finishing touches on the bid it will submit to host both the NCAA Division II West Region and national tournaments. Paperwork is due on Sunday.

The hosting rights for regionals typically go to the No. 1 team in each region but there are four guidelines that go into the national selection. A West Region representative has not hosted the Elite Eight since Cal State did so in 2003.

Here is the top 25 rundown:

1. Tampa, Fla. 23-0

2. Minnesota-Duluth 23-0

3. Cal State San Bernardino 20-0

4. Concordia-St. Paul 22-1

5. Washburn, Kan. 22-1

6. Nebraska-Kearney 23-1

7. Hillsdale, Mich. 21-2

8. Central Missouri 19-4

9. Southwest Minnesota State 17-6

10. Metro State, Col. 19-4

11. Ferris State, Mich. 19-2

12. West Texas A&M 25-2

13. Wayne State, Neb. 17-6

14. Northern Kentucky 20-3

15. Wingate, N.C. 23-0

16. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 28-0

17. Angelo State, Tex. 25-2

18. UC San Diego 15-4

19. Minnesota State 15-7

20. Lewis, Ill. 18-5

21. Colorado School of Mines 17-6

22. Sonoma State 18-3

23. Indianapolis 15-6

24. Seattle Pacific 16-5

25. Regis, Col. 19-6.

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SBVC men closing in on first conference soccer title

The San Bernardino Valley College men’s soccer team can secure its first Foothill Conference championship in the sport with a win in Tuesday’s 3 p.m. home game against defending champion and local rival Chaffey (9-3-4, 2-2-2).

The Wolverines (13-1-2, 5-0-0) have three games left and a two-game lead over Rio Hondo (7-7-5, 3-2-1) which has just two games remaining.

“Our guys are hungry,” SBVC coach Josh Brown said. “They really want this and they’re playing like it.”

SBVC has already set a school-record for wins in a season and reached double digits in the win column for just the fourth time since the program’s inception in 1990. The programs best finishes in the conference were second-place showings in 1991, 1994 and 2003.

SBVC has a nonconference game at Palomar on Friday and rounds out the regular season against Rio Hondo on Nov. 1.

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