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LOCALS: Another hat trick carries HUFC

5/4/2011

Hollywood United FC has piled up 23 goals in its past four games, setting scoring standards that could make the Hitmen the class of the National Premier Soccer League's Western Division.

Only San Diego Flash -- not nearly as flashy but just as successful, perhaps more, than HUFC -- seems to stand between the revered L.A. side and the division title.

Hollywood United improved to 5-1-0 last weekend with a 5-3 romp over San Diego Boca as Cuban forward Jose Miranda netted a hat trick, the club's second in as many matches. Former Chivas USA winger Brent Whitfield (Long Beach/Poly HS and Cal State Fullerton) scored three in the 11-0 destruction of Real San Jose eight days earlier.

Rene Corona (Corona/Centennial HS and Santa Ana College) also tallied twice as HUFC remained ahead of the Flash (5-0-0) on goal difference -- it's plus-19 to plus-9 -- and impressive wins. HUFC crushed both of the divisions Northern California powers on a mid-April trek north; the Flash beat the Sonoma County Sol, 1-0, in San Diego last weekend.

The victory that matters most was the Flash's over HUFC, which took a first-half lead through Miranda but surrendered two second-half goals in a 3-1 decision.

Elsewhere in the NPSL:

  • Santa Ana Winds (3-1-0) ran their winning streak to three games, beating Rattlers FC, 3-0, in Palmdale as Diego Turoldo (Torrance/North Torrance HS and Cal State Dominguez Hills) scored his third and fourth goals and Mike Piechota (Cal State Dominguez Hills) added a goal and an assist. The teams meet again Saturday in Santa Ana.

  • Omar De La Piedra (L.A. Mission College) scored a big goal for the second straight week, lifting Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental (1-3-1) to a 2-2 draw with visiting Bay Area Ambassadors. Johnny Gonzalez netted his third goal for Los Conejos.

PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: UCLA sophomore Chandler Hoffman scored twice and assisted San Diego County high-schooler Adrian Avila's goal as Orange County Blue Star opened its Premier Development League campaign with a 4-0 romp over the L.A. Legends.

The other two Southwest Division matches, with Fresno at home against L.A. Blues 23 and on a visit to Ventura County Fusion, were scoreless.

Some 7,853 fans showed up at Chukchansi Park in Fresno for Friday night's divisional opener. The secret to that kind of draw: free tickets. A sponsorship by Univision Radio has spurred Fuego administration to offer free entrance to fans with a ticket voucher for all eight home games.

“We're hoping a ton of people come out -- who doesn't like free?” Fuego midfielder Milton Blanco told the Fresno Bee. "For myself, the more fans that are in the stands, the better I want to play.”

USL PRO: Sunday's 1-0 loss to Antigua Barracuda (4-2-0) dropped the L.A. Blues (3-1-1) to second in the third-tier league's International Division. The Antiguans, the bulk of its roster Antigua & Barbuda national-teamers, claimed three successive shutout victories last week; forward Peter Byers was league Player of the Week after scoring four goals in a 7-0 rout of Puerto Rico United.

The Richmond Kickers (5-0-0), the top club in the league, routed the Dayton Dutch Lions, 6-0. The last thing USL Pro needs is 7-0 and 6-0 scorelines.

There was some concern with the Blues' attendance Sunday, just 696, but two of the other five available UL Pro crowds were worse. The Dayton-Richmond game's attendance was listed at 600; only 127 saw Antigua beat River Plate, 1-0.

  • DIVISION 3

USL PRO

Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Wednesday

Puerto Rico United 0, Antigua Barracuda 7 (T. Thomas 7, Byers 22, 26, 42, 45, Mitchum 38, Christian 78)

Friday

Charlotte Eagles 1 (Rife 21), Charleston Battery 2 (Bah 33, Patterson 45)

Wilmington Hammerheads 3 (Budnyy 56, Nicholson 83, Grendi 93+), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Deighton 79)

River Plate Puerto Rico 0, Antigua Barracuda 1 (L. Robinson 56)

Sevilla FC River Plate 2 (Gustave 14, Acevedo 60), Puerto Rico United 3 (Kocic 27, C. Turizo 36, M. Turizo 38)

Saturday

Charleston Battery 0, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0

Dayton Dutch Lions 0, Richmond Kickers 6 (Delicate 5, Elcock 32, Heins 60, Bulow 65, pen. 70, Bangura 85)

FC New York 1, Orlando City FC 2

Rochester Rhinos at Harrisburg City Islanders, ppd., heavy storm

Sunday

L.A. Blues 0, Antigua Barracuda 1 (S. Smith 24)

Standings

International: 1. Antigua Barracuda FC 12 points; 2. L.A. Blues 10 points; 3. Sevilla FC Puerto Rico 5; 4. Puerto Rico United 5; 5. River Plate Puerto Rico 2

American: 1. Richmond Kickers 15; 2. Orlando City 10; 3. Charleston Battery 10; 4. Wilmington Hammerheads 6; 5. Charlotte Eagles 1

National: 1. Harrisburg City Islanders 3; 2. Rochester Rhinos 3; 3. Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1; 4. FC New York 1; 5. Dayton Dutch Lions 0

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Friday

River Plate Puerto Rico at Antigua Barracuda, 4 p.m.

Charleston Battery at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 4 p.m.

Saturday

Wilmington Hammerheads at Richmond Kickers, 4 p.m.

Charleston Battery at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 4 p.m.

Orland City FC at Dayton Dutch Lions, 4:30 p.m.

Harrisburg City Islanders at FC New York, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday

River Plate Puerto Rico at Antigua Barracuda, 4 p.m.

  • DIVISION 4

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

WESTERN DIVISION

Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Saturday

Rattlers FC 0, Santa Ana Winds 3 (Piechota 12, Turoldo 21, 30)

FC Hasental 2 (Gonzalez 14, De La Piedra 72), Bay Area Ambassadors 2 (Lopez 26, Clemens 56)

Real San Jose 0, Sacramento Gold 4 (Fonseca 36, Pina 46+, Martinez 57, Prado 68)

Sunday

Hollywood United FC 5 (Miranda 21, 56, 91+, Corona 45, 69), San Diego Boca 3 (Lopez 47, Picou 49, Roget 94+)

San Diego Flash 1 (Jock 3), Sonoma County Sol 0

Standings

Southwest: 1. Hollywood United FC 15 points; 2. San Diego Flash 15; 3. Santa Ana Winds 9; 4. San Diego Boca FC 6; 5. FC Hasental 4, 6. Rattlers FC 0

Northwest: 1. Sonoma County Sol 7; 2. Sacramento Gold 7; 3. Real San Jose 3; 4. Bay Area Ambassadors 1

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Saturday

Rattlers FC vs. Santa Ana Winds at Santa Ana Stadium (Santa Ana), 7 p.m.

FC Hasental vs. Sonoma County Sol at Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park), 7 p.m.

Bay Area Ambassadors vs. San Diego Boca at Balboa Stadium (San Diego), 7 p.m.

San Diego Flash vs. Real San Jose at Yerba Buena HS (San Jose), 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

Bay Area Ambassadors vs. Hollywood United FC at Crenshaw HS (Los Angeles), 3 p.m.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

SOUTHWEST DIVISION

Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Friday

Fresno Fuego 0, L.A. Blues 23 0

Sunday

Ventura County Fusion 0, Fresno Fuego 0

L.A. Legends 0, Orange County Blue Star 4 (Hoffman 20, 33, Ponce pen. 50, Avila 54)

Standings: 1. Orange County Blue Star 3 points; 2. Fresno Fuego 2; 3. L.A. Blues 23 and Ventura County Fusion 1; 5. BYU Cougars, Ogden Outlaws and Southern California Seahorses 0; 8. L.A. Legends 0.

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Saturday

L.A. Blues 23 vs. Orange County Blue Star at Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.

Ventura County Fusion vs. L.A. Legends at Morningside HS (Inglewood), 6 p.m.