The Cal Lutheran men's soccer team defeated Caltech, 13-0, Saturday, ending its regular season in a tie for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship.
Kingsmen soccer teams thus completed a double; the women's squad had clinched an SCIAC championship last week. It is the first title for either team.
Dave Rinehart and Jeff Popour each scored three goals to lead CLU (14-4-1 overall, 13-1 in conference play) at Caltech as the Kingsmen tied their record for most wins in a season set in 1990. Caltech finished at 2-16, 1-13.
Claremont-Mudd, also 13-1 in conference play, deprived CLU of an outright championship by defeating Whittier, 3-0, later in the day.
Rachel Wackerman scored three goals to lead the CLU women (16-3, 12-0) in yet another blowout win, this time at home over nonconference opponent Cal Baptist, 14-0.
Wackerman, a sophomore, has 33 goals this season, surpassing by three the record she set last year. She has 63 goals in the 36 matches of her Cal Lutheran career and is tied for 10th place nationally for career goals.
Both the Cal Lutheran men and the women have good chances of being invited to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Cal Lutheran Coach George Kuntz, who coaches both teams, said phone calls will be forthcoming today for selected schools.
Kuntz said that he does not think the last two blowout wins will cause a problem for the men or the women should they get invited to playoffs and face tough teams.
"As coaches we can't let it be a problem," Kuntz said. "We can put a little pressure on (the players)," he said.
SCIAC championships--Emmett Hogan of Occidental outlasted Cal Lutheran's Jonz Norine for the individual title at El Prado Regional Park in Chino.
Hogan timed 25 minutes 12 seconds over the five-mile course to Norine's personal-best 25:13 effort. Occidental was boosted by third- and fourth-place finishes by Constantine Kiendrich and Jose Garcia. No times or team scores were available.
SCIAC championships--Occidental placed three runners among the top five finishers but Pomona-Pitzer used superior depth to edge the Tigers for the team title, 41-44, at El Prado Regional Park.
Becky Copchik of Occidental toured the 5,000-meter course in 18:40 to win and teammates Arecila Gomez (19:03) and Jacque Dent (20:29) placed third and fifth.
Kelly Redfield (second in 19:03) and Judith Alderman (fourth, 20:13) paced Pomona-Pitzer.
Cal Lutheran, led by Christine McComb with a sixth-place finish in 20:32, placed third in the team standings with 73 points.
Alemany 15, Littlerock 44--Alemany swept the top five places in a nonleague meet at Littlerock to cap an undefeated Mission League season.
Mike Yomtob ran a course-record 15:33 over the three-mile circuit to lead Alemany (7-0).
Alemany 19, Littlerock 39--Rosalyn Supangan won the nonleague race at Littlerock in 21:22 to lead the Indians (2-4) to a 1-2-3 finish.
MEN'S WATER POLO
Valley 18, Pierce 9--Valley finished second in the Western State Conference with the victory. Steve Barron had six goals and Robert Brown added five for the Monarchs (17-8-3, 6-2).
BOYS' WATER POLO
San Clemente 14, Harvard-Westlake 11 (OT)--San Clemente's Jeremy Laster scored with three seconds remaining in regulation play and Sean Lane scored two of his game-high five goals in overtime as the host Tritons (21-3), ranked third in the Southern Section 4-A Division, outlasted the Wolverines, ranked second in 3-A. Mark Townsend and Lance Weidner each scored three goals for Harvard (23-3).
The Master's d. Christian Heritage, 15-0, 15-3, 15-4--Brenda Bement had six kills for the Mustangs in an NAIA District 3 match at home. As the second half of a doubleheader late Saturday, The Master's swept Cal Lutheran, 15-9, 15-4, 16-4, in a nonconference match. Bement had 14 kills against the Regals as Master's improved to 19-19, 6-7 in district play.