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Local colleges: Fresno City soccer coaches score milestone wins

The Fresno Bee

Alvaro Nogales (23) became the fourth Fresno Pacific men’s player in a row to earn PacWest Conference soccer player of the week honors, the league announced Oct. 12. Last week, Nogales had a hat trick in a 7-2 win over Dominican and scored the team’s only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Point Loma. He had an assist in a 3-2 win at Academy of Art on Wednesday.
Alvaro Nogales (23) became the fourth Fresno Pacific men’s player in a row to earn PacWest Conference soccer player of the week honors, the league announced Oct. 12. Last week, Nogales had a hat trick in a 7-2 win over Dominican and scored the team’s only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Point Loma. He had an assist in a 3-2 win at Academy of Art on Wednesday. FRESNO PACIFIC ATHLETICS

Jose Hernandez’s goal in the 83rd minute lifted Fresno City College to a 1-0 win at Cosumnes River in a nonconference men’s soccer match Tuesday that also gave Rams coach Eric Solberg career victory No. 250.

The victory was the fourth in a row for the Rams (8-4-4, 1-1 Central Valley Conference), who have a 4 p.m. Friday home match with American River. Goalkeeper Jon Pulido recorded his seventh clean sheet of the season.

250 career wins for Fresno City men’s soccer coach Eric Solberg

245 career wins for women’s coach Oliver Germond

In 17 seasons, Solberg is 250-79-67 overall and 92-19-22 in conference matches.

On the women’s side, coach Oliver Germond is right behind Solberg after picking up career win No. 245 as the Rams remained unbeaten with a 4-0 rout of Solano on Tuesday.

Yesseniah Delgadillo opened the scoring in the 8th minute for state No. 1-ranked Fresno City (10-0-3), which earlier in the week kept its hold on the top spot in the national JC Division III rankings of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Rams are 1-0 in the CVC heading into a 4 p.m. Friday match at West Hills-Lemoore.

Germond is 245-61-37 in his 15 seasons.

▪ The Rams wrestling program lived true to its state No. 1 ranking, winning its fourth tournament of the year behind six individual titles at the Mike Tamana Invitational in Modesto. Fresno City had 245 points, with Mt. San Antonio second with 186 and Bakersfield third with 118.

Sophomore Julian Gaytan at 125 pounds scored four falls, two over state-ranked opponents, including No. 4 Christian Vasquez of Modesto in the final. Gaytan was named the tournament’s Outstanding Lower Weight Wrestler and on Tuesday the state’s JC wrestler of the week.

Seth Hood (141), Martine Sandoval (149), Josh Annis (165), Sebastian Sukiowsky (174) and Mo Naser (184) also won their weight classes. Naser was the Outstanding Upper Weight Wrestler. Sandoval received honorable mention as the state JC athlete of the month for September. He was 10-0 with eight pins.

▪ Fresno City hosted Taft on Wednesday in an early Central Valley Conference volleyball showdown. Both teams entered 5-0. Since taking over as the Rams coach in 2007, Tracy Ainger-Schulte’s teams have won 53 straight CVC matches since losing to Reedley in 2011. The state No. 9-ranked Rams (11-4) had won 63 consecutive home matches in conference.

Fresno State – Joanna Kim, Hannah Sodersten and Samantha Spencer each shot 73s during the final round at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate on Sunday as Fresno State took eighth in the 18-team field in Highlands Ranch, Colo., the penultimate tournament of the Bulldogs’ fall season.

Sodersten was 25th in a field of 99, shooting a 5-over 75–73–73–221. The Bulldogs play Oct. 25-27 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, hosted by UNLV at Boulder Creek Golf Club. The spring season begins in mid-February.

To see her bounce back after a tough first round with back-to-back solid rounds to finish the event showed off her senior leadership.

Bulldogs golf coach Emily Milberger-Loftin on Hannah Sodersten’s finish at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate

“It was great to see us close the weekend with a solid round,” Fresno State coach Emily Milberger-Loftin said in a news release. “And to see Hannah finish in the top 25 was also exciting. To see her bounce back after a tough first round with back-to-back solid rounds to finish the event showed off her senior leadership.”

Spencer matched a career-low with her 73, a round she last shot at last season’s Fresno State Classic at San Joaquin Country Club.

▪ The Bulldogs soccer team dropped Air Force 1-0 Sunday, its third win in a row and second straight shutout in the Mountain West. Sophomore Maria Gomez scored in the 81st minute. It was her second goal of the season.

The Bulldogs (4-8-1, 3-2-1), fifth in the conference with 10 points, play at San Diego State at 7 p.m. Friday. The Aztecs (9-4-0, 5-1-0) have won five in a row and with 15 points are tied for first with San Jose State.

▪ Fresno State’s volleyball team has alternated wins and losses in Mountain West Conference play, the latest a 28-26, 25-15, 23-25, 18-25, 15-11 loss to San Diego State on Saturday.

Carly Scarbrough and Zana Bowens each had 17 kills and Bulldogs setter Jelena Jovanovic 38 assists. Maggie Eppright had 26 digs and leads the conference with an average of 4.97 per set, just ahead of Boise State’s Maddi Osburn (4.71).

Fresno State (10-9, 2-3) plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at New Mexico (9-9, 2-3) and at 1 p.m. Saturday at Air Force (8-12, 1-4).

With one more conference win, the Bulldogs will match their total from a year ago when they finished 8-24 overall and 3-15 in the Mountain West.

▪ Junior Trevor Clayton posted his fifth straight round in the 60s, including three straight while placing 10th for the Bulldogs’ men’s golf team at the Alister MazKenzie Invitational in Fairfax.

Clayton closed at 9-under 67–68–69–204 in the field of 80. Fresno State was seventh as a team and closes its fall campaign Oct. 29-31 at the Pacific Invitational at Stockton Country Club.

▪ The men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete Saturday at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale – the final tuneup before the Mountain West Championships on Oct. 30 in Reno.

Both are coming off 10th-place finishes at last month’s Stanford Invitational. Mackenzie Landa was Fresno State’s top performer, finishing 10th in 21:07.2 in the field of 256. Landa, a sophomore from San Dimas, in back-to-back events posted the fifth-fastest 6K (21:05) in program history at the Sundodger Invitational in Washington and the sixth-fastest at Stanford.

Fresno Pacific – The Sunbirds volleyball team (4-8, 4-3 PacWest) takes a season-best, three-match win streak to Hawaii, where Fresno Pacific will play its next three matches.

Fresno Pacific defeated conference foes Point Loma, Holy Names and Dominican in four sets, with outside hitter Carley Bock earning PacWest freshman of the week honors. Junior setter Bissie DenHartog also has been instrumental in the recent hot streak and for the season is averaging 9 assists per set.

The Sunbirds face BYU-Hawaii on Thursday, Chaminade on Friday and Hawaii-Hilo on Saturday. BYU-Hawaii (8-8, 6-2) shares the PacWest lead with Cal Baptist. Chaminade is a game back.

4 Sunbirds named PacWest men’s soccer player of the week in consecutive weeks. Senior Alvaro Nogales was this week’s winner after scoring four goals in two games last week.

▪ Jorge Chedraui scored in the 2nd minute and the Sunbirds added two more in the second half to beat Academy of Art 3-2 in a PacWest match Wednesday in San Francisco. Fresno Pacific (8-2-2, 5-1-1) bounced back from a 2-1 overtime loss to Point Loma on Saturday that ended an eight-match unbeaten streak. On Monday, senior Alvaro Nogales became the fourth Sunbird in a row to be named PacWest player of the week. Nogales had a hat trick in a 7-2 win over Dominican and scored the only goal against Point Loma.

The Sunbirds host Azusa Pacific on Saturday and Notre Dame de Namur on Monday, both as openers to doubleheaders with the women’s team.

▪ Alyssa Nakaguchi and Hannah Coyle scored as the Sunbirds women held on for a 2-1 win at Academy of Art. Fresno Pacific improved to 6-4-1 and 4-2-1 ahead of its next matches, both at 5 p.m.

▪ Courtney Moore took third at the San Francisco State Invitational at Golden Gate Park and Connor Nolen was the top finisher for the men as both cross country programs placed 11th overall. Moore was timed in 21:26.9 while picking up her second third-place finish of the season.

▪ Luka Barisic won four races (50 fly, 50 back, 100 IM and 50 free) as Fresno Pacific competed at the PCSC Pentathlon on Saturday at Splash! Aquatics Center in La Mirada. Barisic led the men to a second-place finish on the day, while the women placed fourth.

Et cetera – Reedley’s women’s golf team broke a school record for the seventh time this season Tuesday, posting a team-low 309 to win a CVC Tournament at the par-72 Fig Garden Golf Club. The Rams were second with 334, followed by La Cañada (358) and West Hills-Lemoore (385). The Tigers were led by individual winner Katie Horsford (74). Reedley, seeking its first CVC golf title, has a three-point lead in the overall standings and can clinch with one more tournament victory.

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