The battle for the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship is shaping up to be a tight one, with five teams all with two losses or less in league play.
Cal State Dominguez Hills currently owns the top spot in the CCAA, winning four consecutive games, but it will be challenged in its quest to maintain first place and set itself up for postseason success.
Below is a look at the top five teams in the CCAA through Oct. 9.
The BR-19 Toros haven’t lost a match since their season opener and their 12-game unbeaten streak is tied for the longest streak since 2009. They are 10-1-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the CCAA. Mike Dias has been instrumental to the Toros’ success, scoring eight goals and dishing out an assist. Pedro Velasquez has come through with five goals and two assists. Chase Gentry continues to shine in goal, racking up 34 saves and recording three shutouts.
The BR-43 Warriors are 10-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the CCAA, good enough for second place. They are unbeaten in their last four games and have scored two or more goals in three of those four wins. Stanislaus has struck for 38 goals in 12 games, with Daniel Kucynski paving the way with nine goals and four assists. Jose Ramirez and Manny Villegas have come through with five and seven goals, respectively, for a team that has every intention of winning the conference title.
The BR-45 Tritons have won two in a row, improving 5-4-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the CCAA. What is interesting about their success is that they have only scored more than a goal in a game once all season, and that was in a 3-2 win over Monterey Bay on Friday night. Of course, while UC San Diego isn’t one of the more high-powered offensive teams in the conference, it does have a standout goaltender in Cameron McElfresh. He has come through with 30 saves and has rung up five shutouts on the season.
It hasn’t been an easy stretch lately for the BR-22 Golden Eagles, who have dropped two of their last four. But the defending West Region champions are still alive and well in the hunt for the CCAA championship, sitting at 7-2-1 overall and 4-2 in the conference. Defense has carried the Golden Eagles, who have given up only four goals all season behind the efforts of Anthony Perez and Steven Barrera, who have combined for five shutouts. Troy Dumlao leads the offense with five goals. The Golden Eagles have scored 18 goals in all.
Winners of three of their last four, the BR-79 Otters own a 7-3 overall mark while fashioning a 4-2 record in the CCAA. Alejandro Garcia has paved the way with three goals and two assists while Michael Maul has come up with two goals and two assists. Three other players have scored two or more goals, including Emmanuel Corona, who has struck for three.
Evan Drake has anchored the goaltending position, starting all 10 games. He has racked up 39 saves and has three shutouts to his credit this year.