Dave Salzwedel, a junior goalie for Cal Lutheran’s soccer team, has a complaint--with the Kingsmen football team.
“The soccer team doesn’t get much recognition here because this is a football-oriented school,” Salzwedel said. “In the two years I’ve been here, the football team has gotten all the attention.”
Salzwedel, a Calabasas High graduate, led the Kingsmen to a postseason playoff berth as a freshman. He expects Cal Lutheran to return to the playoffs this season--for what would be its second postseason appearance in 3 years.
The Kingsmen need to defeat rival Westmont on Saturday for a chance to advance to the Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs.
On target: Jim Bees, Cal Lutheran’s junior quarterback, silenced some critics by completing 20 of 36 passes for 267 yards and 2 touchdowns in Saturday’s 24-21 loss to Cal State Northridge. It was his best outing of the season.
Bees kept his mistakes to a minimum against CSUN, throwing 2 interceptions. In his previous 2 games, he had 7. He has 14 this season.
No justice: Cal Lutheran outgained Northridge, 331-325, had the same number of first downs (17), ran the same number of plays (66) over almost the same amount of time (30:19 to 29:41) and forced the same number of turnovers (3).
Injury update: Northridge tailback Lance Harper will miss his third consecutive game because of a bruised knee.
Cedric Johnson, the Matadors’ starting fullback, will return to the lineup Saturday against Portland State after missing the Cal Lutheran game because of a minor head injury.
Sticky fingers: Rocky Palamara, an all-conference receiver at Glendale last season, caught 5 passes for 82 yards and scored Cal State Fullerton’s only touchdown in a 23-10 loss to Fresno State on Saturday.
Palamara leads the Titans with 21 catches for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Raider reign: Moorpark, undefeated after 4 games, needs a victory over West Los Angeles in a Western State Conference football game Saturday to set a school record for the most consecutive victories at the start of a season.
The Raiders, 3-0 in the WSC, won their first 4 games last season before Bakersfield snapped the streak, 26-23.
Rout of the week: West L. A. (0-4) would appear to be an easy mark.
Last week against Ventura, the Oilers passed for only 18 yards and lost 27 on the ground. Quarterback Timothy Gardner completed 3 of 19 passes.
After losing their opener, 38-14, the Oilers have been outscored, 136-0.
Moorpark is coming off a 59-10 victory over Pierce and has outscored its past 2 opponents, 77-17.
Quotebook: Bill Dobson, Occidental offensive line coach, on whether All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference guard and team captain Roger Laubengayer has ever stepped out of line:
“Everybody makes mistakes. Even Clark Kent gets yelled at by Perry White.”
Aztec attack: San Diego State’s fourth-ranked soccer team, which features Eric Wynalda, a 1987 Westlake High graduate, will play Saturday and Sunday in the UCLA Classic.
Wynalda, a sophomore, leads the Aztecs in scoring with 8 goals. Other teams in the event are Navy and South Carolina. San Diego opens the tournament against South Carolina at noon Saturday, followed by Navy-UCLA at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, San Diego plays Navy at noon, followed by UCLA vs. South Carolina at 2.
A free clinic for youths under age 17 will be offered Sunday morning at 10:30.
A score after 4: It took 4 years, but John Purzycki, a defender from Crespi High, finally scored a goal for the UCLA soccer team. It came Sunday in a Pacific 10 Conference match against Cal.
Cobi Jones, a walk-on from Westlake High, has started 8 of the Bruins’ 12 games and has scored 2 goals and 3 assists.
Bakersfield bashing: Marwan Ass’ad still was searching for the most formidable lineup for his Cal State Northridge soccer team when the Matadors left for Bakersfield on Wednesday afternoon.
Northridge made the drive north to play a surprising Roadrunner team that entered the game 10-0-1 and 2-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. But the Matadors blanked Bakersfield, 3-0.
“We have to put them in their place and tell ‘em wait till next year,” said Ass’ad, whose teams have won 4 consecutive CCAA titles. “Or at least until we leave the conference.”
Northridge’s top 2 scorers--senior midfielder Steve Lazarus and freshman forward Scott Piri--switched positions against Bakersfield. “Lazarus has been moved back to deep forward so we can pass the ball to his feet and he can lay them off to oncoming players,” said Ass’ad, whose team is 8-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play. “Piri is moving to midfield to take advantage of the endurance that Lazarus does not have.”
Tomkus leads the way: Former Chaminade High standout Daiva Tomkus continues to lead the undefeated and top-ranked UCLA women’s volleyball team.
Tomkus, an All-American middle blocker last season as a sophomore, has a hitting percentage of .417, is averaging 3.75 kills a game and has 24 service aces for the Bruins--the only unbeaten team in the country at 13-0.
Sam Farmer and staff writers Mike Hiserman, Ralph Nichols, Gary Klein and Steve Elling contributed to this notebook.