By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Brian Kluzara took a pass from Conor Henry and scored past Eric Shannon, sending Air Force to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship match with a 2-1, double-overtime victory over Cal State Bakersfield.
The Roadrunners (9-5-5), seeded second, are ranked 51st in the latest RPI rankings and will now have to hope for an at-large selection into the NCAA College Cup. Brackets which will be announced Monday.
CSUB scored first when MPSF Player of the Year Gyasi Zardes took a centering pass from David Velasquez and tapped in a shot for a 1-0 lead at the 38:44 mark.
The Roadrunners went a man down when Lucas Dall'Orso received a red card at the 68:40 mark after a hard tackle from behind.
Up a man, Air Force quickly made the Roadrunners pay. Scott McGilliray sent a pass from the left side to Patrick Compton, who drilled a shot from 25-yards out to tie the match.
Klazura's game-winner came off a pass from Conor Henry. Klazura ran onto it and sent the shot just under the cross bar that Shannon was helpless to defend.
The Falcons improved to 10-8-3, and will face either Denver or New Mexico, guaranteeing an all Mountain Division final on Sunday.
JC men's basketball
SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Turnovers and rebounding proved costly for Bakersfield College in a season-opening 74-58 loss to College of the Sequoias in the first round of the Cuesta Tournament.
The Renegades turned the ball over 17 times and were outrebounded 35-30.
"We turned the ball over too many times, and we had a bad first half," said BC coach Rich Hughes, whose team trailed 44-29 at the break. "That just cost us. We played a little better in the second half but the first did us in."
Forward Conroy Lester led the Renegades with 14 points and guard Jack Clark added 13.
"I think we came out not focused on working hard and doing what it takes to win," Lester said. "I think we were more focused on being individualists than playing as a team."
"We're just moving on to the next game," said Hughes, whose team plays today at 1 p.m. "We found out we weren't invincible. I told the team 'we know that we're not going undefeated, so let's just move on to the next game.' We know it will take some time for us to gel as a team."
-- Esteban Ramirez
JC women's basketball
Riverside College got the Bakersfield College in early foul trouble en route to a 60-51 win over the Renegades at the Crossover Tournament at BC.
BC point guard Khiylah Dean, guard-forward Andrea Harris and forward MacKenzie Odle each picked up two fouls in the first half, which coach Paula Dahl said took the Renegades "out of their rhythm." Riverside raced out to a 38-23 halftime lead.
Forward Brittany Smith led a second half comeback for BC, scoring 13 of her game-high 15 points in the final 20 minutes. She added 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Guard Claesey Tarver had 11 points and eight rebounds before leaving with a sprained ankle with six minutes left.
"We had our wake-up call today," Dahl said, "so that's good."
CSUB women's cross country
SEATTLE -- The Roadrunners concluded their season with senior Jazmin Lopez finishing 177th at the NCAA Division I West Regional meet, hosted by the University of Washington.
Lopez finished the 6K course in 22 minutes, 53 seconds.
"The race offered us some great exposure as well as the opportunity to realize what it takes to be a top-tier program and athlete," CSUB coach Ashley Benson said. "Jazmin ran really tough and finished her college cross country career on a high note."
CSUB junior Anaiz Ortiz finished 207th in 26:01.
GLENDALE -- Caitlin Bernardin had 18 kills and 14 digs to lead the Bakersfield College volleyball team to a 25-17, 25-13, 25-16 Western State Conference South victory over Glendale.
Samantha Whittington had 38 assists and 10 digs, Edithza Urias had 16 kills, and Monica Barksdale had 17 digs for BC (19-5, 8-3 WSC), which hosts Santa Monica on Wednesday.
At Reedley, Chanel Cantere had 15 kills, eight digs and three blocks to lead Taft College to a 25-21, 25-9, 25-19 victory over Reedley College in the Central Valley Conference finale.
Taft (17-7, 10-4) finished third in the CVC and now waits for a possible selection into the Northern California playoffs.
Madison Lawley had six kills and three blocks and Sina Mauga added five kills and six blocks for the Cougars. Reedley dropped to 8-13, 6-8.
JC women's soccer
Bakersfield College closed out its regular season with a 4-0 victory over Glendale in Western State Conference South play.
Mitzi Ibarra and Jamie Brooks each had a goal and an assist for the Renegades (11-9, 7-7), who finished fifth in the WSC South.
D.J. Vidal and Reshana Watson also scored and Michele Loera had an assist for BC, which will learn if it makes the playoffs at Tuesday's seeding meeting.
Although still three months away from the start of its season, Bakersfield College has received some love in preseason state and regional polls.
The Renegades, who finished 25-12 last season, are ranked 10th in Southern California and 24th in the Pacific Associations Division poll.
Taft College (13-22-1) was listed in the others section of the Northern California rankings.