LOCALS: Pali, Sounders on course

June, 5, 2012
6/05/12
4:39
PM PT

The W-League's Western Conference title appears to be headed the Pali Blues' way or to the Seattle Sounders. They're the chief contenders just four weeks into the campaign.


Pali completed sweeps of its Southern California rivals, both of them one-goal home wins, to improve to 4-0-0. The Sounders, also 4-0-0, won three games last week with U.S. national team stars Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Cox on hand.

Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS) scored and assisted Lyndsey Patterson's goal in the 3-0 romp Monday night over Colorado Rapids' women's team. Leroux (UCLA) had an assist in a 2-1 win Thursday over the third-place Colorado Rush (3-1-0), a match that sold out the Starfire Sports Complex's 4,500-seat stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

Pali, which is affiliated with the L.A. Blues' men's team (both are coached by Charlie Naimo), got goals from Nikki Washington and Liz Bogus to beat the L.A. Strikers, 2-1, then pulled out a 1-0 triumph over Santa Clarita Blue Heat on Australian national-teamer Servet Uzunlar's goal three minutes into second-half stoppage.

The Blues and Sounders meet twice this season: June 20 in Tukwila and in the July 15 regular-season finale at Palisades High School.

Elsewhere in minor-league soccer:
USL PRO: Orlando City suffered its first league loss, a 3-1 decision at Wilmington as Corey Hertzog, on loan from the New York Red Bulls, scored twice and assisted a third. The Lions (7-1-2) have a two-point lead over the Charleston Battery (6-2-2), which vaulted to second place with wins at Pittsburgh and Dayton.

Rochester's slide continued with shutout losses to the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup and at home against Richmond in league play. The Rhinos (6-2-2) have won just once in their last six games, in an Open Cup second-rounder against amateurs Brooklyn Italians, after starting the season with six shutout victories.

The L.A. Blues (3-3-2), idle, dropped to seventh. They're off again this weekend, then play the last-place Dayton Dutch Lions on June 15 and 17 at Cal State Fullerton.

The USL Pro went 2-3-1 against Major League Soccer clubs in the third round of the Open Cup, with Harrisburg pushing through in the most dramatic encounter, rallying from a three-goal overtime deficit to beat the New England Revolution on penalties. The City Islanders are home Tuesday night against the Red Bulls. The Charlotte Eagles visit the San Antonio Scorpions in the tournament's first NASL-USL Pro showdown, and Dayton visits the Michigan Bucks, the last Premier Development League team in the competition.

PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: The Ventura County Fusion's deep run into the Open Cup is fueling them in league play, and their 6-0 rout of defending Southwest champion Fresno Fuego, in Fresno, was the most shocking PDL scoreline in a long, long time. Cal State Bakersfield All-American Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS), who turned down a six-figure Galaxy offer to stay in college, scored twice and assisted Francisco Lopez.

The Fusion (4-1-1) climbed to second place, just one point behind Orange County Blue Star (3-0-5), who was held to 1-1 draws at home by Southern California Seahorses and L.A. Misioneros. V.C. and O.C. have their initial meeting of the season Friday at Concordia University in Irvine.

The Seahorses (1-4-2) beat BYU for their first win, with Zach Bautista (Orange/Villa Park HS and Biola) scoring the winner. Pali Blues (0-4-3), the second men's team in the Blues empire, is the only winless team in the division.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: The slumping Fullerton Rangers (4-3-2) dropped three points behind FC Santa Clarita in the fight for the Western Division's second Southern Conference playoff berth after conceding four goals in the first 25 minutes of Saturday's 5-3 loss to Northern Conference leader Sacramento Gold (6-3-0). The Rangers, who trailed by just one goal almost the entire second half, haven't won since May 12.

Santa Clarita (5-2-2) beat North Coast Tsunami, 3-1, in Eureka. Jorge Serrano (Sylmar/Sylmar HS and College of the Canyon/The Master's), Rafael Fuentes (Los Angeles/Golden Valley HS and College of the Canyons) and Alex Harlley (Rosamond/Rosamond HS) scored the goals.

San Diego Flash (8-0-1) remain eight points ahead in the South after a 9-1 rout of San Francisco. Justin Picou scored a hat trick.

USL W-LEAGUE: The Victoria (B.C.) Highlanders make their annual trek south this week, to take on Pali (Wednesday), the Strikers (Friday) and Blue Heat (Sunday). The Blues also head to Colorado to take on the Rapids and Rush.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: The first Beach FC-San Diego SeaLions showdown is set for Saturday evening at Home Depot Center. The SeaLions routed Los Alamitos' L.A. Vikings, 6-0, and South Bay-based Ajax America, 5-1, to open their Pacific-South slate, with former USC star Rosie Tantillo scoring five goals in all. Long Beach-based Beach has been off for two weeks.

The Pacific-North race pretty clearly will be between pros Bay Area Breeze and longtime power California Storm. Both are 2-0-1, with the second meeting slated for June 30.

NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE: The Carolina RailHawks followed their win over the Galaxy last week in the U.S. Open Cup by claiming their first league victory, beating first-place Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-1, on Open Cup hero Ty Shipalane's 88th-minute goal. The Atlanta Silverbacks also won their first, beating Edmonton, 2-1, as former Chivas USA trialist Ciaran O'Brien scored and assisted goals.

The NASL went 3-3 against MLS clubs last week. Carolina is home Tuesday against Chivas, Minnesota visits San Jose, and San Antonio -- best bet among NASLers to reach the quarterfinals -- is home against the Charlotte Eagles.

THE NUMBERS
  • DIVISION 3/MEN

USL PRO
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Tuesday (U.S. Open Cup)

Harrisburg City Islanders 3 (Ombiji 111, Touray 117, Noone 120), New England Revolution (MLS) 3 (Rowe 95, Nguyen pen. 100, Feilhaber 103), OT (Harrisburg advances on penalties, 4-3)
Richmond Kickers 1 (Nyazamba pen. 45), D.C. United (MLS) 2 (Salihi 24, Saragosa 107), OT
Charleston Battery 0, New York Red Bulls (MLS) 3 (Cooper 14, Pearce 41, Lade 70)
Philadelphia Union (MLS) 3 (Martinez 8, Adu 29, pen. 73), Rochester Rhinos 0
Columbus Crew (MLS) 1 (Vargas pen. 64), Dayton Dutch Lions 2 (Bartels 79, Bardsley 81)
Sporting Kansas City (MLS) 3 (Nagamura 47+, Saad 65, 68), Orlando City SC 2 (Molino 55, Chin 84)
FC Dallas (MLS) 0, Charlotte Eagles 2 (Roberts 43, Thornton 94+)
Thursday
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Costanzo 60), Charleston Battery 3 (Paterson 45, 46+, Kelly 69)
Friday
Harrisburg City Islanders 1 (Pettis 79), Richmond Kickers 1 (Johnson 68)
Saturday
Rochester Rhinos 0, Richmond Kickers 1 (Vercollone 5)
Wilmington Hammerheads 3 (Hertzog 26, 91+, Briggs 56), Orlando City SC 1 (Chin 13)
Dayton Dutch Lions 0, Charleston Battery 1 (Cuevas 70)

Standings
1. Orlando City SC (7-1-2) 23 points; 2. Charleston Battery (7-2-0) 21; 3. Rochester Rhinos (6-2-2) 20; 4. Richmond Kickers (3-2-5) 14; 5. Harrisburg City Islanders (3-1-4) 13; 6. Wilmington Hammerheads (3-3-3) 12; 7. L.A. Blues (3-3-2) 11; 8. Charlotte Eagles (2-7-2) 8; 9. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-6-2) 8; 10. Antigua Barracuda (2-6-0) 6; 11. Dayton Dutch Lions (0-5-4) 4.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Tuesday (U.S. Open Cup)
New York Red Bulls (MLS) at Harrisburg City Islanders, 4:30 p.m.
Dayton Dutch Lions at Michigan Bucks (PDL), 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte Eagles at San Antonio Scorpions (NASL), 5:30 p.m.
Friday
Wilmington Hammerheads at Rochester Rhinos, 4:35 p.m.
Saturday
Wilmington Hammerheads at Harrisburg City Islanders, 4 p.m.
Charlotte Eagles at Richmond Kickers, 4 p.m.
Charleston Battery at Orlando City SC, 4:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Dayton Dutch Lions, 5 p.m.
  • DIVISION 4/MEN

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Southwest Division
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Tuesday

U.S. Open Cup: Ventura County Fusion 0, Chivas USA (MLS) 1 (Romero 13)
Orange County Blue Star 1 (Ponce 74), Southern California Seahorses 1 (Chew 38)
Thursday
Fresno Fuego 0, Ventura County Fusion 6 (Zardes 51, 68, Kindle 52, F. Lopez 59, Gonzales 84, Graf 93+)
Friday
Southern California Seahorses 0, Ogden Outlaws 1 (Williams 6)
Pali Blues 0, BYU Cougars 2 (Gates 45, Bauer 52)
Saturday
Pali Blues 2 (Saul 14, Moll pen. 91+), Ogden Outlaws 2 (Burnham 15, Bukoski 75)
Southern California Seahorses 2 (Chrzan 30, Bautista 71), BYU Cougars 1 (Lakip 5)
FC Tucson 1 (Papa 34), Fresno Fuego 0
Sunday
Orange County Blue Star 1 (Cardenas 17), L.A. Misioneros 1 (Sanchez 91+)

Standings
1. Orange County Blue Star (3-0-5) 14 points; 2. Ventura County Fusion (4-1-1) 13; 3. FC Tucson (4-1-0) 12; 4. Fresno Fuego (3-3-3) 12; 5. Ogden Outlaws (2-2-2) 8; 6. L.A. Misioneros (1-3-4), 7; 7. BYU Cougars (1-1-2) 5; 8. Southern California Seahorses (1-4-2) 5; 9. Pali Blues (0-4-3) 3.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Tuesday
FC Tucson at BYU Cougars, 7 p.m.
Wednesday
Ventura County Fusion vs. Southern California Seahorses at Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.
Pali Blues vs. L.A. Misioneros at Carver Middle School (Los Angeles), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday
FC Tucson at Ogden Outlaws, 5 p.m.
Friday
Ventura County Fusion vs. Orange County Blue Star at Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.
Saturday
BYU Cougars at Ogden Outlaws, 5 p.m.
Fresno Fuego vs. Southern California Seahorses at Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.
Sunday
Pali Blues vs. Orange County Blue Star at Concordia University (Irvine), 3 p.m.
NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
WEST DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday

North Coast Tsunami 1 (Rafferty 22), FC Santa Clarita 3 (Serrano 2, Fuentes 78, Harlley pen. 87)
FC Hasental 0, Real San Jose 1 (Verwer 55)
San Diego Flash 9 (LoSarah 7, Picou 23, 32, 44, Zuniga 61, 73, Perez 76, Ortega 87, Tennelle 91+), San Francisco Stompers 1 (Adewunmi 30)
Bay Area Ambassadors 6 (Lopez 20, Keyes 22, Klimenta 34, 78, Leslie 57, 88), Phoenix Monsoon 1 (Sepulvera 76)
Fullerton Rangers 3 (Alvarado 5, Alvarez 16, Roldan 52), Sacramento Gold 5 (Piņa 2, Aguilar 9, 20, Chambers 25, Brioso 90)
San Diego Boca 3 (Ruvalcaba 18, Perez 67, Buckson 88), Sonoma County Sol 1 (Lombardi 48)

Standings
Southern Conference: 1. San Diego Flash (8-0-1) 25 points; 2. FC Santa Clarita Storm (5-2-2) 17; 3. Fullerton Rangers (4-3-2) 14; 4. San Diego Boca (3-4-2) 11; 5. FC Hasental (3-5-1) 10; 6. Phoenix Monsoon (0-7-0) 0.
Northern Conference: 1. Sacramento Storm (6-3-0) 18; 2. Bay Area Ambassadors (4-3-1) 13; 3. Real San Jose (3-2-3) 12; 4. Sonoma County Sol (3-3-3) 12; 5. San Francisco Stompers (2-4-2) 8; 6. North Coast Tsunami (1-6-1) 4.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
San Diego Boca vs. FC Santa Clarita at Golden Valley HS (Canyon Country), 5 p.m.
San Diego Flash vs. FC Hasental at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park (Simi Valley), 5 p.m.
San Francisco Stompers at Bay Area Ambassadors, 5 p.m.
Phoenix Monsoon vs. Fullerton Rangers at Santa Ana Stadium, 5:30 p.m.
North Coast Tsunami at Sacramento Gold, 7 p.m.
Sonoma County Sol at Real San Jose, 7 p.m.
  • DIVISION 2/WOMEN

USL W-LEAGUE
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Wednesday

Pali Blues 2 (Washington 30, Bogus 42), L.A. Strikers 1 (Johnson 57)
Thursday
Seattle Sounders 2 (Manthey 18, Perez 49), Colorado Rush 1 (Horan 10)
Friday
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (French pen. 24), Colorado Rapids 1 (Gunther 53)
Victoria Highlanders 0, Seattle Sounders 1 (Winters 25)
Saturday
Pali Blues 1 (Uzunlar 93+), Santa Clarita Blue Heat 0
Sunday
Victoria Highlanders 0, Colorado Rapids 1 (Janes 81)
Monday
Seattle Sounders 3 (Morgan 3, Patterson 9, Cox 87), Colorado Rapids 0

Standings
1. Seattle Sounders (4-0-0) 12; 2. Pali Blues (4-0-0) 12 points; 3. Colorado Rush (3-1-0) 9; 4. Colorado Rapids (2-1-1) 7; 5. Santa Clarita Blue Heat (1-2-0) 3; 6. Victoria Highlanders (1-5-0) 3; 7. Vancouver Whitecaps (0-3-1) 1; 8. L.A. Strikers (0-3-0), 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Wednesday

Victoria Highlanders vs. Pali Blues at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.
Friday
Pali Blues at Colorado Rapids, 5 p.m.
Victoria Highlanders vs. L.A. Strikers at Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps at Seattle Sounders, 7 p.m.
Sunday
Pali Blues at Colorado Rush, 11 a.m.
Victoria Highlanders vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Valencia HS, 2 p.m.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
PACIFIC CONFERENCE
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday
L.A. Vikings 0, San Diego SeaLions 6 (Wi 22, Petracca 28, Wohlers 34, Bennett 45, Tantillo 46, 51)
North Bay FC Wave 0, West Coast WildKatz 0
San Francisco Nighthawks 1 (Monterrosa 23), Bay Area Breeze 5 (Brand 13, Windward 48, David 50, 72, Peck 69)
Sunday
San Diego SeaLions 5 (Petracca 25, Tantillo 55, 61, 70, Bennett 75), Ajax America 1 (Livergood 29)
Bay Area Breeze 2 (Homidi 31, Hall 50), Central California Heat 1 (Sherr 78)
West Coast WildKatz 1 (Patton 82), California Storm 4 (McCoy 10, 49, Weiger 66, Noyola pen. 75)

Standings
South Division:
1. San Diego SeaLions (2-0-0) 6 points; 2. Beach FC (1-0-0) 3; 3. Ajax America (0-1-0) 0; 4. L.A. Vikings (0-2-0) 0.
North Division: 1. California Storm (2-0-1) and Bay Area Breeze (2-0-1) 7; 3. North Bay FC Wave (0-0-1) 1; 4. West Coast Wildkatz (0-1-1) 1; 5. Central California Heat (0-1-0) 0, 6. San Francisco Nighthawks (0-2-0) 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
North Bay FC Wave at Central California Heat, 1 p.m.
Ajax America vs. L.A. Vikings at Long Beach City College, 4 p.m.
San Diego SeaLions vs. Beach FC at Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson), 4 p.m.
Sunday
San Francisco Nighthawks at Central California Heat, 1 p.m.
  • OTHER

U.S. OPEN CUP
(Games involving teams from local leagues)
Third Round
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Tuesday

Carolina RailHawks (NASL) 2 (Shipalane 75, Shriver 88), Galaxy (MLS) 1 (Noonan 38)
Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 0, Chivas USA (MLS) 1 (Romero 13)
Wednesday
Portland Timbers (MLS) 0, Cal FC (Thousand Oaks, USASA) 1 (Aghasyan 95), OT

Fourth Round
This week's games (all times Pacific)
Tuesday

Chivas USA (MLS) at Carolina RailHawks (NASL), 4:07 p.m.
Cal FC (Thousand Oaks, USASA) at Seattle Sounders (MLS), 7 p.m.

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