Entering its third season of college competition, Antelope Valley appears to be taking another step towards a California Pacific Conference title. In 2015, the Pioneers' first year in the conference, they went 3-7; last year UAV improved to 6-2, and this fall they start the 2017 campaign with a shutout of No. 8 Northwest, following by a 4-2 road win over William Jessup. No. 19 Embry-Riddle also won its first two matches of the season while last year's runner-up, UC Merced, slipped to 0-1-1 after playing two double-overtime games last week. La Sierra and Soka University of America both opened their seasons with victories.
Monday, August 21
ANTELOPE VALLEY 1, No. 8 NORTHWEST 0
The Pioneer offense found the back of the net in the second half, and the defense would not yield, allowing UAV to top the Beacons in Lancaster, Calif.
UAV (1-0): Saida Aparicio 1 goal
Wednesday, August 23
No. 8 NORTHWEST 2, UC MERCED 1 (2OT)
The Eagles edged the Bobcats with a goal in the 109th minute, handing UCM a loss in its season opener.
UCM (0-1): D Covarrubias 1 goal…Elizabeth Cruz-Gomez 1 assist
ANTELOPE VALLEY 4, WILLIAM JESSUP 2
The Pioneers scored four times in the second half to top the Warriors in a non-conference match in Rocklin, Calif.