Fresno City scored both goals in its men's soccer match at Taft, but had to settle for a 1-1 tie in a showdown of the Central Valley Conference's top two teams.
Joseph Flores, off an assist from Jesus Garcia, gave the Rams (5-5-3, 1-0-1) a 1-0 lead in the 60th. But the Rams gave up the equalizer on an own goal in the 80th minute against the Cougars (6-4-2, 1-0-1).
Nick Butler's hat trick helped West Hills-Lemoore beat Sequoias 5-1. Butler scored in the 4th, 18th and 23rd minutes as the Golden Eagles (5-2-3, 1-1) jumped to a 3-0 lead. Kirk Franzini made it 3-1 in the 32nd minute for the Giants (0-6, 0-2).
QB rallies Rams past Laney
Lance Orender threw for three touchdowns, Robert Johnson ran for another and NorCal No. 3-ranked Fresno City College scored all its points in the second half to beat Laney 27-3 in a nonconference football game in Oakland.
The Rams trailed 3-0 at the half after missing two field goals. But Orender found his targets and the Rams defense held Laney (2-3) in check the rest of the way.
Monsters drop first of season
Kenai River handed the Fresno Monsters their first loss of the season, 5-4, in overtime to open a North American Hockey League series in Alaska.
The Brown Bears (6-3) tied it with 1:12 left in regulation and Zac Lazzaro scored the winner 56 seconds into overtime.
Alex Frere led the Monsters (6-1) with two goals and an assist.
Rams women lose to Cabrillo
Cabrillo snapped host Fresno City's five-match winning streak with a 1-0 victory in nonconference women's soccer.
Heather Connor's goal in the 60th minute for Cabrillo (7-2) dropped the Rams to 7-4.
Guajardo earns WCC honor
Pepperdine's Anisa Guajardo (Buchanan High) was the West Coast Conference women's soccer player of the month in September.
The junior striker leads the No. 8 Waves and the WCC with eight goals. She has two multi-goal games and three game-winners.
Rams stay perfect in volleyball
Kamiya Dickson had 14 kills and state No. 17-ranked Fresno City beat host Taft 3-0 in a tense CVC volleyball match Friday.
The Rams (11-4, 5-0) pulled out a 25-22, 26-24, 27-25 victory against the Cougars (7-7, 3-2).
Alex Parades had 11 kills and 18 digs, Ashley Ferguson 12 kills and 16 digs, and Simone Simonoff 47 assists.
Porterville kept pace with Fresno City, downing Merced 25-13, 25-10, 25-21. Allison Clem had 16 kills for the Pirates (9-5, 5-0), Amanda Monge 12 kills, seven digs, five blocks and five aces, and Stephanie Dounseroux added 28 assists.
College of the Sequoias came on strong and beat host Reedley 25-14, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22. The Tigers (5-8,1-4) were led by Jennifer Kliewer's 34 digs and Breann Ensz's 36 assists.
Sunbirds lose 2 in water polo
Fresno Pacific lost to Claremont-Mudd Scripps 13-6 and to Chapman 16-15 in men's water polo on the first day of the Claremont Convergence.
The Sunbirds (7-16) will play Pomona-Pitzer and Caltech today to conclude play.
FPU swimmers open season
Two-time defending NAIA champion Fresno Pacific won seven men's events on the first day of the PCSC Relay Meet at Clovis North High.
The Sunbirds won the 300-yard butterfly relay, 300 breaststroke; 400, 500, 800 and 1,500 freestyle events; and 400 medley. Damien Bernard and Paul Marie-Rose were members of four winning relays, while Dan Wilson and Bobby Yribarren swam on two winners.
Cal Baptist was first with 136 points, Concordia had 113, Fresno Pacific 103 and Biola 24.
Fresno Pacific's women won the 300-yard breaststroke relay with Kendall Swanson, Lauren Malthaner and Ramon Shahaff, and was second in the 200, 800 and 1,500 free events.
Today is the pentathlon competition starting at 10:30 a.m.