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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
LOCALS: Flash vaults past Santa Clarita

By Scott French

FC Santa Clarita let a two-goal lead disappear and settled for a draw at FC Hasental. The San Diego Flash scored four times in the first half to batter the ailing Fullerton Rangers.

It was enough for an exchange at the top of the standings in the National Premier Soccer League West Division's Southern Conference, with preseason favorite San Diego (3-0-1) back in first following a 4-1 romp last weekend over the Rangers.

Lodule LoSarah scored twice after assisting Adrian Dubois' third-minutes opener for the Flash. The Rangers (2-2-0), who are third, have lost back-to-back games since losing four starters to injury: Julio Madrigal (Inglewood/Inglewood HS and L.A. Harbor College/Cal State Dominguez Hills), Diego Turoldo (Torrance/North Torrance HS and Cal State Dominguez Hills), Leobardo Alvarez and Thomas Culver (Vanguard University).

Santa Clarita (2-0-2) settled for a 2-2 draw with Hasental after taking a two-goal lead midway through the second half as Matt Shaxton tallied and assisted Tyler Coombes (Palmdale/Palmdale HS and Cal State L.A.) for his division-best seventh goal. The Conejos rallied after Alex Harlley (Rosamond/Rosamond HS) was red-carded, Armando “Chiva” Gaitain (Sylmar/Sylmar HS) scoring on a free kick in the 77th minute and Jeff Quijano (Canoga Park/Canoga Park HS) adding the tying goal in the 89th.

Elsewhere in minor-league soccer:

USL PRO: The L.A. Blues are back in action this weekend with games Friday and Sunday against the Wilmington Hammerheads, which has seven L.A.-bred players, including former Blues (and Chivas USA) forward Chukwudi Chijindu (Fontana/Damien HS). They're coming off a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh, from former Azusa Pacific forward Andriy Budnyy's goal.

The Blues, the only USL Pro team without a point (only two games) and one of two without a goal, are still trying to track down a venue for Friday's game. There's a conflict at Cal State Fullerton, and owner Ali Mansouri said nearly two weeks ago that the club was trying to move the game to Santa Ana Stadium.

Also: No perfect season for Orlando City -- Richmond held the Lions to a scoreless tie. Antigua again split a home set, this time with the Charlotte Eagles. The Rochester Rhinos, who twice shut out the Blues, shut out Dayton.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE: The NPSL's West Division is getting only one U.S. Open Cup berth. The Bay Area Ambassadors lost, 3-0, in their playoff against U.S. Club Soccer representative Stanislaus United Turlock Express, which will face the PDL's Fresno Fuego in a first-round game May 15. Fullerton is the West's lone rep and will meet the PDL's Ventura County Fusion.

PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: Fresno took care of L.A. Misioneros again, taking a 3-1 victory as Alex Caceres scored twice and Paul Islas added one to his pair from the previous week's encounter. Misioneros was down to nine men at the end, following late red cards to Cesar Rivera (Pomona/Garey HS and Mt. San Antonio College) and Jaime Chavez (City of Industry/Workman HS).

Four more Southwest Division teams open this weekend, including Orange County Blue Star and Pali Blues (Friday in Irvine), plus the Fusion (Saturday vs. Misioneros at Ventura College).


THE NUMBERS

USL PRO
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Thursday
Antigua Barracuda 3 (Byers 12, Smith 55, 60), Charlotte Eagles 2 (Herrera 37, Williams 78)
Friday
Charleston Battery 1 (Patterson 9), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0
Saturday
Antigua Barracuda 0, Charlotte Eagles 2 (own goal Blakely 6, Roberts 57)
Dayton Dutch Lions 0, Rochester Rhinos 1 (Banks 67)
Orlando City SC 0, Richmond Kickers 0
Wilmington Hammerheads 1 (Budnyy 45), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0

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

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Wednesday
Antigua Barracuda at Wilmington Hammerheads, 4 p.m.
Friday
Charlotte Eagles at Harrisburg City Islanders, 4 p.m.
Antigua Barracuda at Charleston Battery, 4:30 p.m.
Wilmington Hammerheads vs. L.A. Blues at site TBA, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
Charlotte Eagles at Rochester Rhinos, 4:05 p.m.
Richmond Kickers at Dayton Dutch Lions, 4:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Orlando City, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday
Wilmington Hammerheads vs. L.A. Blues at Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.


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

L.A. Misioneros 1 (Sanchez 3), Fresno Fuego 3 (Islas 10, Caceres 43, 77)

Standings
1. Fresno Fuego (2-0-0) 6 points; 2. Orange County Blue Star, Pali Blues, Southern California Seahorses, Ventura County Fusion, BYU Cougars, Ogden Outlaws and FC Tucson (0-0-0) 0; 9. L.A. Misioneros (0-2-0), 0.

This week's games
Friday
Pali Blues vs. Orange County Blue Star at Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.
Saturday
L.A. Misioneros vs. Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College, 7 p.m.
FC Tucson at Fresno Fuego, 7 p.m.
Sunday
Orange County Blue Star vs. L.A. Misioneros at Culver Middle School (Los Angeles), 6 p.m.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
WEST DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday
FC Hasental 2 (Gaitan 77, Quijano 89), FC Santa Cruz 2 (Shaxton 28, Coombes 68)
Phoenix Monsoon 2 (Mexia 7, 12), San Diego Boca 5 (Perez 31, 70, Buckson 41, 69, Haase 85)
San Francisco Stompers 3 (Taver-Rico 40, 57, Maharaj 73), North Coast Tsunami 3 (Smith pen. 67, Schneider 71, Herrera 83)
Real San Jose at Bay Area Ambassadors, ppd.
Sunday
Fullerton Rangers 1 (Estrada 54), San Diego Flash 4 (Dubois 3, LoSarah 24, 41, Hearn 44)
Sacramento Gold 1 (Jones 84), Sonoma County Sol 4 (Middlemiss 29, Hurst 40, 44, 54)

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

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
FC Santa Clarita vs. San Diego Flash at Del Norte High School (San Diego), 5 p.m.
North Coast Tsunami at Bay Area Ambassadors, 5 p.m.
Fullerton Rangers vs. San Diego Boca at Balboa Stadium (San Diego), 7 p.m.
Phoenix Monsoon vs. FC Hasental at Rolland Stadium, Cal Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks), 7 p.m.
Sunday
San Francisco Stompers at Sonoma County Sol, 3 p.m.
Real San Jose at Sacramento Gold, 7 p.m.