LOCALS: Rangers win NPSL showdown

June, 26, 2012
6/26/12
2:22
PM PT

The Fullerton Rangers took a huge stride toward the National Premier Soccer League playoffs with Sunday's victory over FC Santa Clarita, a showdown for second place in the Western Division's Southern Conference.

Former Chivas USA/New York Red Bulls forward David Arvizu (Santa Ana/Foothill HS) scored two goals as the Rangers avenged a loss two months earlier in Santa Clarita with a 3-0 triumph at Santa Ana Stadium.

The Rangers (7-3-2) have a two-point advantage over the Storm (6-3-3) with two games to play. Both have matches remaining with the San Diego Flash (9-0-2), which has clinched the Southern Conference title.

The Rangers' NPSL team finished second to the Flash and went to the playoffs last year, when they were affiliated with the Santa Ana Winds.

Arvizu scored in the 17th and 60th minutes and Cuban forward Eder Roldan tallied in the 24th for Fullerton, which has won three in a row and scored at least three times in its past four games. Santa Clarita has won just twice in its past five games, over the division's two worst clubs (Phoenix and North Coast, with a combined 2-18-1 record), and could rue a 1-1 draw at home June 9 with San Diego Boca (4-5-3).

Santa Clarita is likely to vault back to second next weekend, when it faces fading Conejo Valley side FC Hasental (3-7-2), but getting a resullt against the Flash on July 7 is critical to the Storm' playoff hopes. Fullerton plays the Flash in San Diego this weekend, then closes July 8 at home against Boca.

Elsewhere in minor-league soccer:
USL PRO: A great week for the L.A. Blues (5-3-2), who were idle, preparing for a three-game Eastern swing (starting Thursday in Charlotte, followed by games at Wilmington and Richmond). They didn't drop an inch in the standings, remaining fifth, two points out of fourth, after Wilmington, Harrisburg and Richmond accounted for all five defeats last week.

Fourth-place Wilmington (5-5-4) suffered the most eye-opening loss, a 4-0 disaster at Dayton (1-7-5), which hadn't won a league all year.

That's a nice launch into the Dutch Lions' U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal Tuesday night at Sporting Kansas City, better than Harrisburg's path into its Open Cup match against the Philadelphia Union. The seventh-place City Islanders (4-4-4) fell to the top two teams in the league, Orlando City (10-1-2) and Charleston (9-3-0).

The Charlotte Eagles, who play Chivas USA at Cal State Fullerton, were idle.

Third-place Rochester (7-3-4) ended a seven-game winless streak by beating sixth-place Richmond (4-5-5). The Rhinos rallied for a 3-2 victory with Andrew Hoxie's 85th-minute penalty kick to tie and J.C. Banks' stoppage-time winner.

Antigua Barracuda failed in its bid to reach the CONCACAF Champions League, dropping 2-0 decisions in the semifinals and third-place game at the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship in Trinidad. The top three teams advanced, but Barracuda's offensive troubles resurfaced. The Antiguans have been shut out 10 times in 15 matches this year, all competitions.

PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: The Ventura County Fusion is back on top in the Southwest Division after sweeping its matches in Utah. Cal State Bakersfield All-American Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne/Leuzinger HS) netted four of the Fusion's six goals, with a hat trick in the 4-2 win at Ogden.

FC Tucson (7-1-3) fell two points back, with five games to play, after rallying late to hand Orange County Blue Star (3-5-5) their fifth straight defeat. Eli Galbraith scored in the 87th minute and former Real Salt Lake youngster Danny Toia in stoppage to give the Arizonans a 2-1 victory.

L.A. Misioneros (3-3-7) climbed to fourth by taking four points from a home-and-home set with the Southern California Seahorses (2-8-3), with former Hollywood United star Jaime Chavez (Industry/Workman HS) scoring twice in each game.

Pali Blues (1-8-3) dropped both games on its Utah trip. Ogden (6-4-2) is in third place and BYU (4-4-2) is sixth with games in hand over every team above it.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: The San Diego Flash (9-0-2) clinched the Southern Conference title with an 8-0 rout of winless Phoenix, scoring seven goals in a 26-minute span late in the first and early in the second half. The second Southern berth in the Western Division playoffs will go to Fullerton or Santa Clarita.

The Northern Conference is far more hectic after Bay Area Ambassadors' victory over season-long frontrunner Sacramento Gold (7-5-0), which has dropped successive 1-0 decisions. The Ambassadors (7-4-1) also routed Real San Jose to pull a point ahead of the Gold and Sonoma County Sol (6-3-3), which meet Saturday in Rohnert Park, north of San Francisco.

USL W-LEAGUE: Pali Blues trekked to the Pacific Northwest for three games, confirmed its supremacy in the Western Conference, then failed to win for the first time this season. The Blues (7-0-1) dominated second-place Seattle (6-1-1), which was missing most of its national-teamers, in a 2-0 victory as Pepperdine's Lynn Williams and WPS vet Nikki Washington tallied in the first seven minutes.

The Blues also routed hapless Victoria (1-11-0) -- Williams and Washington scored again, along with Pepperdine All-American Michelle Pao and USC's Elizabeth Eddy (Newport Beach/Newport Harbor HS) -- before running out of steam in a scoreless draw at Vancouver (2-3-3), which is unbeaten in its last five games and went 0-0 with Seattle earlier this month.

Santa Clarita Blue Heat (3-4-2), also playing up north, saw their fading hopes to repeat as regular-season champs die with losses at Seattle and Vancouver. Edite Fernandes scored a hat trick to beat Victoria, 4-2, but they couldn't find the net in the next two games. Seattle's Olympians returned for its 4-0 victory, with UCLA's Sydney Leroux scoring twice, Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar HS) adding a goal and an assist, and Megan Rapinoe setting up two more goals.

The L.A. Strikers (2-7-0) lost both games on a Colorado trip.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: Beach FC (3-1-0) is doing the math for its Pacific-South title bid, which will come down to the July 8 regular-season finale at San Diego SeaLions (5-0-0). The Long Beach club needs to beat Ajax America the day before and make up a six-goal difference -- a four-goal win over Ajax and two-goal win over the SeaLions would do it. A one-goal victory in the last game could be enough if enough goals are scored.

Kristina Larsen scored five more goals -- and has nine in four games -- to lead Beach's 6-0 rout last weekend of Los Alamitos' L.A. Vikings (0-5-0), who have been outscored, 22-0, this season. San Diego edged Ajax, 1-0.

The top four teams in the Pacific-North are separated by three points following West Coast WildKatz's upset of pros Bay Area Breeze (3-2-1) and Central California Heat's victory over first-place California Storm (3-1-1), which followed the Fresno club's win a week earlier over the Breeze.

NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE: Puerto Rico Islanders failed in their bid for a third straight Caribbean club championship, but they're back in the Champions League after finishing third, and they celebrated by restoring their lead in the NASL. Former MLS forward Nicholas Addlery tallied twice to beat last-place Atlanta, 2-1, and send the Islanders (7-3-2) a point above San Antonio (6-2-4), which lost, 3-2, at Tampa Bay to end an eight-game unbeaten streak. Third-place Minnesota (5-2-5) is two points further back after ending a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over Fort Lauderdale.


THE NUMBERS

  • DIVISION 3/MEN

USL PRO
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Tuesday (CFU Club Championship)

Antigua Barracuda 0, Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago) 2 (Abu Bakr 65, Jorsling 86)
Thursday
Antigua Barracuda 0, Puerto Rico Islanders 2 (Hansen 19, Faņa pen. 52)
Friday
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 (Kassel pen. 57, Amoo 82), Wilmington Hammerheads 1 (Guzman 50)
Orlando City SC 3 (Luzunaris 46+, Chin 47, 70), Harrisburg City Islanders 0
Saturday
Richmond Kickers 2 (Vercollone 8, Yeisley 81), Rochester Rhinos 3 (Brito 27, Hoxie pen. 85, Banks 92+)
Charleston Battery 3 (Cuevas 45, Boyd 50, Richter 87), Harrisburg City Islanders 1 (Mellor 52)
Dayton Dutch Lions 4 (Bardsley 14, Gardner 34, 40, Kissinger 78), Wilmington Hammerheads 0

Standings
1. Orlando City SC (10-1-2) 32 points; 2. Charleston Battery (9-3-0) 27; 3. Rochester Rhinos (7-3-4) 25; 4. Wilmington Hammerheads (5-5-4) 19; 5. L.A. Blues (5-3-2) 17; 6. Richmond Kickers (4-5-5) 17; 7. Harrisburg City Islanders (4-4-4) 16; 8. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (3-6-4) 13; 9. Charlotte Eagles (3-8-2) 11; 10. Dayton Dutch Lions (1-7-5) 8; 11. Antigua Barracuda (2-8-0) 6.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Tuesday (U.S. Open Cup)

Harrisburg City Islanders at Philadelphia Union (MLS), 4:30 p.m.
Dayton Dutch Lions at Sporting Kansas City (MLS), 5:30 p.m.
Charlotte Eagles vs. Chivas USA (MLS) at Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday
L.A. Blues at Charlotte Eagles, 4 p.m.
Friday
Charleston Battery at Antigua Barracuda, 4 p.m.
Orlando City SC at Dayton Dutch Lions, 5 p.m.
Saturday
Orlando City SC at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 4 p.m.
Harrisburg City Islanders at Rochester Rhinos, 4:05 p.m.
L.A. Blues at Wilmington Hammerheads, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday
Charleston Battery at Antigua Barracuda, 4 p.m.
Tuesday
L.A. Blues at Richmond Kickers, 4 p.m.

Leading scorers
Nicki Paterson (Charleston) 8, Andriy Budnyy (Wilmington) 7, Dennis Chin (Orlando City) 6, Christopher Agorsor (Richmond) 5, Jose Cuevas (Charleston) 5, Yann Ekra (Harrisburg) 5


  • DIVISION 4/MEN

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

Southern California Seahorses 1 (Panther 64), L.A. Misioneros 3 (Samaniego 10, Chavez 19, 33)
Friday
Ogden Outlaws 4 (Roylance 10, Bukoski 24, Burnham 65, Hatungimana 85), Pali Blues 2 (Flores 4, Canales 82)
BYU Cougars 0, Ventura County Fusion 2 (Zardes 12, Lopez 23)
Saturday
Ogden Outlaws 2 (Coletti 39, Christensen 49), Ventura County Fusion 4 (Bowen 28, Zardes 59, 63, 88)
BYU Cougars 5 (Niccoli 5, Gates 20, Losee 33, Green 35, Cutler 75), Pali Blues 0
FC Tucson 2 (Galbraith 87, Toia 93+), Orange County Blue Star 1 (Santana 37)
Sunday
L.A. Misioneros 2 (Chavez 47, 68), Southern California Seahorses 2 (Chrzan 8, Shaw 48)

Standings
1. Ventura County Fusion (8-1-2) 26 points; 2. FC Tucson (7-1-3) 24; 3. Ogden Outlaws (6-4-2) 20; 4. L.A. Misioneros (3-3-7), 16; 5. Fresno Fuego (4-4-3) 15; 6. BYU Cougars (4-4-2) 14; 7. Orange County Blue Star (3-5-5) 14; 8. Southern California Seahorses (2-8-3) 9; 9. Pali Blues (1-8-3) 6.

This week's games
Wednesday

Orange County Blue Star vs. Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College, 7 p.m.
Thursday
BYU Cougars at Fresno Fuego, 7 p.m.
Friday
Pali Blues vs. Southern California Seahorses at Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.
Ogden Outlaws vs. L.A. Misioneros at Carver Middle School (Los Angeles), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
BYU Cougars vs. L.A. Misioneros at Carver Middle School (Los Angeles), 6 p.m.
Ventura County Fusion at FC Tucson, 7 p.m.
Ogden Outlaws at Fresno Fuego, 7 p.m.

Leading scorers
Jaime Chavez (Misioneros) 7, Travis Bowen (Ventura County) 6, Daniel Burnham (Ogden) 6, Gyasi Zardes (Ventura County) 6, Alex Caceres (Fresno) 5, Francisco Lopez (Ventura County) 5

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
WEST DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Tuesday

Real San Jose 2 (Pacheco 49, 68), Bay Area Ambassadors 5 (Hill 12, 36, 88, Keys 16, Cashmere 47)
Friday
Sonoma County Sol 1 (Middlemiss 77), North Coast Tsunami 0
Saturday
FC Hasental 1 (Garcia 82), San Diego Boca 5 (Sandez 11, 55, Perez 18, Buckson 25, 43)
San Diego Flash 8 (Jock 30, D. Ortega 37, Valle-Ortiz 43, Hearn 48, A. Ortega 50, 53, Zuniga 55, Dubois pen. 75), Phoenix Monsoon 0
Bay Area Ambassadors 1 (Walle 91+), Sacramento Gold 0
Real San Jose 2 (Minutillo 81, Valdez 88), San Francisco Stompers 0
Sunday
Fullerton Rangers 3 (Arvizu 17, 60, Roldan 24), FC Santa Clarita 0

Standings
Southern Conference: 1. San Diego Flash (9-0-2) 29 points; 2. Fullerton Rangers (7-3-2) 23; 3. FC Santa Clarita Storm (6-3-3) 21; 4. San Diego Boca (4-5-3) 15; 5. FC Hasental (3-7-2) 11; 6. Phoenix Monsoon (0-10-0) 0.
Northern Conference: 1. Bay Area Ambassadors (7-4-1) 22; 2. Sonoma County Sol (6-3-3) 21; 3. Sacramento Storm (7-5-0) 21; 4. Real San Jose (4-5-3) 15; 5. San Francisco Stompers (3-6-2) 11; 6. North Coast Tsunami (2-8-1) 7.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday

San Francisco Stompers at North Coast Tsunami, 1 p.m.
FC Hasental vs. FC Santa Clarita at Canyon HS (Canyon Country), 5 p.m.
Fullerton Rangers at San Diego Flash, 5 p.m.
Real San Jose at Bay Area Ambassadors, 5 p.m.
Phoenix Monsoon at San Diego Boca, 6 p.m.
Sacramento Gold at Sonoma County Fusion, 7 p.m.

Leading scorers
Tyler Coombes (Santa Clarita) 12, Eder Roldan (Fullerton) 9, Manolo Piņa (Sacramento) 8, Ross Middlemiss (Sonoma County) 7, Justin Picou (San Diego Flash) 7, Brandon Zuniga (San Diego Flash) 7.


  • DIVISION 2/WOMEN

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

Seattle Sounders 0, Pali Blues 2 (Williams 5, Washington 7)
Victoria Highlanders 2 (Solsberg 7, Reymer 75), Santa Clarita Blue Heat 4 (Fernandes 17, 45, pen. 78, og Machin 24)
Colorado Rapids 1 (Gunther 72), Colorado Rush 2 (Bock 13, Evans 87)
Friday
Colorado Rush 2 (Raben 49, Miranda 64), L.A. Strikers 1 (Muņoz 65)
Victoria Highlanders 0, Pali Blues 4 (Pao 19, Washington 38, Williams 40, Eddy 70)
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 (French 49, Sawicki 85), Santa Clarita Blue Heat 0
Sunday
Colorado Rapids 2 (McMullan 67, Neal 84), L.A. Strikers 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 0, Pali Blues 0
Seattle Sounders 4 (Perez 24, Leroux 57, 63, Morgan 68), Santa Clarita Blue Heat 0

Standings
1. Pali Blues (9-0-1) 28 points; 2. Seattle Sounders (6-1-1) 19; 3. Colorado Rush (5-2-1) 16; 4. Santa Clarita Blue Heat (3-4-2) 11; 5. Colorado Rapids (3-3-2) 11; 6. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-3-3) 9; 7. L.A. Strikers (2-7-0), 6; 8. Victoria Highlanders (1-11-0) 3.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Wednesday

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Pali Blues at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.
Friday
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. L.A. Strikers at Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.
Saturday
Seattle Sounders at Colorado Rapids, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday
Seattle Sounders at Colorado Rush, noon
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Valencia HS, 2 p.m.

Leading scorers
Veronica Perez (Seattle) 6, Lynn Williams (Pali) 6, Edite Fernandes (Santa Clarita) 5, Nikki Washington (Pali) 5, Mele French (Vancouver) 4, Erin Gunther (Rapids) 4.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
PACIFIC CONFERENCE
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Thursday

West Coast Wildkatz 3 (Barnes 39, 86, Andrighetto 53), Bay Area Breeze 2 (Peck 55, Homidi 81)
Saturday
Ajax America 0, San Diego SeaLions 1 (Wi 57)
San Francisco Nighthawks 1 (Monterrosa 26), North Bay FC Wave 2 (Harrison 14, Knopp 35)
Central California Heat 3 (Torres 26, Griffin 82, Ruiz 91+), California Storm 2 (Larot 26, 93+)
Sunday
L.A. Vikings 0, Beach FC 6 (Larsen 12, 19, 25, 41, 51, Marada 44)
West Coast Wildkatz 0, North Bay FC Wave 0

Standings
South Division:
1. San Diego SeaLions (5-0-0) 15 points; 2. Beach FC (3-1-0) 9; 3. Ajax America (1-3-0) 3; 4. L.A. Vikings (0-5-0) 0.
North Division: 1. California Storm (3-1-1) 10; 2. Bay Area Breeze (3-2-1) 10; 3. Central California Heat (3-2-0) 9; 4. North Bay FC Wave (2-1-2) 8; 5. West Coast Wildkatz (1-1-3) 6; 6. San Francisco Nighthawks (0-5-1) 1.

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday

California Storm at Bay Area Breeze, 4 p.m.
Central California Heat at West Coast Wildkatz, 5 p.m.
Sunday
West Coast Wildkatz at San Francisco Nighthawks, 1 p.m.
Bay Area Breeze at North Bay FC Wave, 5 p.m.
Central California Heat at California Storm, 6 p.m.

Leading scorers
Kristina Larsen (Beach FC) 9, Rosie Tantillo (San Diego) 9, Nikki Petracca (San Diego) 4, Shelby Murphy (San Diego) 4, Najma Homidi (Bay Area) 3, Leah Larot (California) 3, Katie McCoy (California) 3, Ashley Sherr (Central California) 3, Iris Torres (Central California) 3.


  • OTHER

U.S. OPEN CUP
Quarterfinals (all times Pacific)
Tuesday

Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) vs. Chivas USA (MLS) at Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro) at Philadelphia Union (MLS), 4:30 p.m.
Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Pro) at Sporting Kansas City (MLS), 5:30 p.m.
Seattle Sounders (MLS) at San Jose Earthquakes (MLS), 7:30 p.m.

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