Golden Eagles prep for exciting fall season
Cal State L.A. is home to top teams in volleyball, menÂs and womenÂs soccer
Practices begin this week for Cal State L.A.Âs successful fall sports programs as the Golden Eagles prepare for the start of their 2013 seasons early next month.
Cal State L.A. defender Daniel Rodriguez heads a ball during NCAA playoff match at Grand Canyon.
Cal State L.A.Âs menÂs soccer team, which is ranked 21st in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of AmericaÂs preseason poll, will open its regular season with a home game against Azusa Pacific on Thursday, Sept. 5. The Golden Eagles will play six of their nine home games this season in the month of September, including the California Collegiate Athletic Association opener on Friday, Sept. 13, against Cal Poly Pomona.
Cal State L.A. has recorded the best record in the conference two straight years and won the CCAA title in 2011. The Golden Eagles have reached the NCAA playoffs in five of the past seven seasons and captured the NCAA Division II West Region championship in 2011. Cal State L.A. has a 90-36-23 record over the past seven seasons.
Cal State L.A. was 11-4-5 overall last season and reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs. The Golden Eagles were ranked 23rd in the nation at the end of the season and have reached a national top-10 ranking at some point in each of the past five seasons.
All-West Region midfielder Juan Ochoa and junior All-CCAA forward Halil Tozar lead a group of 20 returners from last yearÂs team. A large group of newcomers, including local products Abel Teferi (Mt. San Antonio College) and Sigifredo Torres (Oxnard College), is expected to bolster the roster.
Head coach Chris Chamides returns for his 11th season with the menÂs program. He became the programÂs all-time wins leader in 2011 and has a record of 115-62-28 in his first 10 seasons.
Cal State L.A.Âs womenÂs soccer team will have a new coach this season in Isabelle Harvey, who welcomes a group of 22 returners from a team that went 7-6-5 overall last season and has posted four straight winning seasons for the first time in the programÂs history. Harvey is actually making her return to Cal State L.A. She was the interim head coach for the menÂs and womenÂs teams in 2002 and assisted Chamides with both teams in 2003-04. She was also the head coach of Cal Poly PomonaÂs womenÂs program for seven seasons from 2006-12.
All-West Region midfielder Heather Williams, All-West Region defender Janeth Arroyo and 2012 leading scorer Megan Ollar lead the list of returning players. Cal State L.A. is also expecting big things from a recruiting class that includes junior forward Amalia Arvidsson, junior goalkeeper Yi Du and junior forward Shea Richards.
Cal State L.A. had a stingy defense in 2011 and allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of 18 games. The Golden Eagles were a bit unfortunate and lost three games in double overtime.
The Golden Eagles will open the season at home with a non-conference game against Saint MartinÂs on Sunday, Sept. 8 and open conference play at home on Friday, Sept. 13 against Cal Poly Pomona.
Kymberly Silveyra gets ready to serve during Cal State L.A. volleyball match.
Cal State L.A.Âs volleyball team, which posted its 16th consecutive winning season last year, will open the 2013 season with 10 consecutive road matches, including eight at season-opening tournaments at Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 6-7 and Notre Dame de Namur on Sept. 13-14. Cal State L.A.Âs first home match isnÂt until Friday, Sept. 27 in a CCAA match against San Francisco State.
All-CCAA junior Loreal Carter leads the list of returners that also includes juniors Kymberly Silveyra and April Reyes and sophomores Iona Lofrano and Alexandra Bura. The Golden Eagles are excited about a talented recruiting class that includes freshmen Lauren Gomez and JamieAnn Bero.
The Golden Eagles, behind All-American Marquis Mora, finished strongly in 2011 and ended the season with a six-match winning streak. Cal State L.A. finished with a 14-8 record in conference play, while Mora broke the programÂs career blocking record.
Cal State L.A.Âs cross country team will kick off its season on Sept. 6 at the UC San Diego Season Opener in La Jolla. The Golden Eagles will be led by senior Sabrina Lopez, who has earned All-CCAA honors the past two seasons in cross country and also won the conference 10,000-meter championship in track and field last spring. Also returning from last yearÂs squad are improving veterans Horalia Gamboa and Damanjot Kaur.
Lopez finished 11th in the conference in the championships last season and helped the Golden Eagles to a sixth-place finish.
Find out more at these links:
- Schedule of Cal State L.A.Âs 2013 athletic season:
- 2012-13 CCAA All-Academic Awards for Golden Eagle athletes:
- CSULA Athletics Hall of Fame:
- CSULA Golden Eagle Championships and Awards: