Santa Clara 2, UC Irvine 0
SANTA CLARA — The Anteaters opened their season on a losing note against 10th-ranked Santa Clara.
The host Broncos outshot UCI, 13-8, with a 7-4 edge in shots on goal.
In the 15th minute, Santa Clara broke through to take a 1-0 lead off the head of Sofia Huerta, who scored both goals. Danu Weatherholt sent a pass into the center of the box that Huerta deflected into the right side of the goal.
The Anteaters nearly tied the game with under four minutes left in the match off a corner kick. Jenna Pellegrino sent the corner into the box where Cami Privett got a head on the ball but it was saved by goalie Andi Tostanoski right at the crossbar.
With 10 seconds left in the game, Huerta scored her second goal on a penalty kick to close out the scoring.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for UCI in its next match when it travels to defending national champion and top-ranked UCLA at 6 p.m. Sunday.
LA MIRADA — Vanguard University lost a pair of matches on Friday, falling to Midland of Nebraska, 25-23, 25-13, 25-15, then being swept by Southern Oregon, 27-25, 25-20, 25-17.
Senior Jessica Neves had a team-best nine kills and added nine assists, five digs and three block assists against Southern Oregon (3-0).
Senior Kelly Heenan, a Newport Harbor High product, had 13 digs against Southern Oregon.
Against Midland (3-1 after the morning victory), Jessica Chase, Neves and Marissa Laster all had five kills to lead the Lions.
Vanguard junior Lauren Hays, a transfer from Grossmont Community College, had a team-best 23 assists and 14 digs against Midland. She had 23 assists and nine digs against Southern Oregon.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Cal State San Marcos 28, Vanguard 29
MAMMOTH — Senior Josh Espinoza was the top finisher to pace the Lions in the season-opening dual meet on Monday.
Espinoza completed the 6,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 2 seconds.
Sophomore Zach Hunt (third in 19:34) also stood out for the Lions.