The Fresno City College men's soccer team overcame sloppy, wet conditions -- and City College of San Francisco -- to advance in the Northern California Regional playoffs.
Alejandro Cristobal and Herb Garzon scored for the top-seeded Rams in a 2-1 victory Tuesday. Andrew Campbell and Christian Alvarez provided assists, and goalkeeper Tadd Patrick made six saves.
Fresno (14-4-3) led 2-0 midway through the second half before withstanding a late rally by San Francisco (10-7-6).
"I thought we took control of the game and kind of rested a little bit," Fresno coach Eric Solberg said.
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Fresno will next face No. 4 Santa Rosa at 2 p.m. Saturday at home for a berth in the State Final Four.
Fagundes does the trick for Rams
Jesslyn Fagundes recorded her first hat trick this season to power the Fresno City women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over City College of San Francisco in the second round of the Northern California Regional playoffs.
Fagundes, a sophomore forward, scored in the 41st, 47th and 51st minute. Susel Perez had two assists, and goalkeeper Tegan Coltra needed just two saves to record the shutout.
"[Fagundes] got two quick goals in the second half, which was nice because it obviously changed the momentum of the game," Rams coach Oliver Germond said.
The second-seeded Rams (18-2-2) will host No. 3 American River on Saturday at 11 a.m. It'll be the fifth straight year the teams have met in the postseason.
Rams start postseason with sweep
Alex Paredes had 10 kills and seven digs and Taylor Alberta added 20 assists as the Fresno City volleyball team began the Northern California Regional playoffs with a 3-0 sweep of Solano.
The No. 3 Rams (23-2) won by scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-16 and will face either No. 6 Sierra or No. 11 De Anza.
Also, Paredes was named a unanimous first-team all-American as well as all-NorCal and all-state.
Sunbirds women drop first game
Despite 29 points and 12 rebounds from Jessica Torrecillas, the Fresno Pacific women's basketball team fell 76-71 to visiting Holy Names.
It was the first loss of the season for the Sunbirds (4-1), who got 16 points and five assists from Kelly Thompson.
Fresno Pacific committed 29 turnovers and gave up 18 steals.
- Clovis West senior John Koretoff (catcher/pitcher) and Clovis North senior Michael Tittle (infielder/pitcher) signed letters of intent to play at Fresno Pacific starting in 2012.
Reedley falls to L.A. Trade Tech
Chyna Cole and Jessica Martin scored 14 points apiece but couldn't prevent the Reedley College women's basketball team from losing 76-69 to Los Angeles Trade Tech.
Martin added 11 rebounds and four assists for the Tigers (2-4).