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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
LOCALS: Hollywood United clinches

By Scott French

Hollywood United's move to the National Premier Soccer League has been successful if perhaps a mite or two too easy.

The Hitmen (10-0-1), bolstered by new signing Carlos Carrillo (from Salvadoran power Isidro Metapan) and the return of Nick Blanco (from ousted USL Pro side Puerto Rico United), clinched the Northwest Division title last weekend with a 4-1 drilling of the Sonoma County Sol. Blanco scored, and Jose Miranda netted his league-best 10th goal of the campaign.

That gives HUFC a 13-point lead on reigning league champ Sacramento Gold (5-3-3) with three regular-season games to go. The competition was surely better in the USL Premier Development League; the Hitmen are averaging four goals per game in the lower-cost NPSL and have won four games by at least four goals and two more by three.

The Southwest Division race tightened with one very unexpected result: San Diego Boca 3, San Diego Flash 2.

The Flash (7-3-0) came in perfect on the field (they forfeited two victories, one over Hollywood United, for using an ineligible player), and they rallied from a two-goal deficit on Larry Emeanua's eighth and ninth goals, the equalizer on a bicycle kick three minutes into stoppage. Boca (5-5-1) prevailed on Juan Perez's strike with virtually the final touch of the game.

That leaves the Flash and the Santa Ana Winds (7-3-0) even on points with four games to play and set to meet Sunday in San Diego. The Winds were clobbered, 4-0, in the first meeting June 4, and they dropped another last weekend against Sacramento.

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PDL: Big weeks for UCLA's Chandler Hoffman and Fernando Monge with Orange County Blue Star and La Caņada Flintridge's Ryan Shaw with Southern California Seahorses.

Blue Star (5-3-1) ended an uncharacteristic three-game losing streak with victories over L.A. Blues 23 and in Utah over BYU and Ogden. Hoffman had a hat trick in the first game, then added O.C.'s finale -- his league-best ninth -- at Ogden. Monge had a goal and two assists vs. the Blues, scored the winning goal vs. BYU and added a goal and assist vs. Ogden.

Shaw (St. Francis HS), a former UC Davis standout, scored his sixth, seventh and eighth goals for the Seahorses (6-2-1), who swept its Utah games to pull within two points of Southwest Division leader Fresno and even on points with second-place Ventura County Fusion.

The Fuego (6-0-3) control their destiny after rallying Saturday in Fresno, on Milton Blanco's seventh goal, for a 1-1 draw with the Fusion (5-0-4), who got a goal from Jake Hustedt. The first meeting between the division's top two teams was a 0-0 tie.

W-LEAGUE: The Santa Clarita Blue Heat (6-0-1) continued their march through the USL's women's league, picking up two wins in Colorado as Portuguese star Edite Fernandes scored her fifth and sixth goals and assisted another. Blue Heat has a three-point lead on the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-1-1), who edged the L.A. Strikers on former Women's Professional Soccer forward Tiffany Weimer's sixth goal of the year, with Pali Blues (4-0-3) another point back. … Pali has conceded just three goals, one of them in a 2-1 win at Colorado Force that salvaged the two-time W-League champs' trek. … Australian forward Alisha Foote's stoppage-time goal gave the Strikers a 3-2 win at Victoria, which had rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

WPSL: L.A. Premier bounced back from last week's shutout losses to the Orange County Waves and Ajax America with shutout victories over lesser competition in the Women's Premier Soccer League. The Pasadena-based club spoiled the Claremont Stars' home opener (4-0), then held off the Los Al Vikings (1-0). … The Waves are 3-0-0 and have outscored Pacific-South foes, 14-0. They head south Sunday to face the San Diego SeaLions (3-0-0) for the top spot in the division. … The Waves' Icelandic midfielder, Katrin Omarsdottir, was WPSL Co-Player of the Week last week.

USL PRO: The L.A. Blues have been knocked off the top spot again, this time by the Rochester Rhinos, who grabbed first place in the third-division league's National Division with 1-0 win Saturday over visiting Harrisburg. The Rhinos (5-4-3) have 18 points but have played three more games than have the Blues (5-2-2), who have 17 and have been idle since May 22.

The Blues, who play in a U.S. Open Cup clash against Hollywood United on Tuesday night in Norco (Riverside Community College's campus), return to league play on July 24.

Elsewhere in the Pro, Orlando City FC's 11-game unbeaten streak ended with a 2-1 loss to visiting Antigua Barracuda. Palmdale's Max Griffin (Littlerock HS/UCLA) netted his league-best eighth goal as the American Division-leading Floridians slipped to 8-2-3. … Richmond (7-2-2) won for the first time in five games, topping FC New York, 2-0, as Matthew Delicate scored his seventh. FCNY star Graciano Brito exited early with an injury.


USL PRO
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Wednesday
Harrisburg City Islanders 4 (Angulo 5, 34, Ombiji 31, 33), Dayton Dutch Lions 1 (Davis 57)
Friday
FC New York 3 (Cole 3, Arteaga 29, Broughton 72), Dayton Dutch Lions 0 Wilmington Hammerheads 3 (Budnyy 28, Banks 55, Mulholland 59),
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Fondy 14)
Orlando City FC 1 (M. Griffin 59), Antigua Barracuda 2 (S. Smith 48, Burton 54)
Saturday
Rochester Rhinos 1 (Jadeosingh 65), Harrisburg City Islanders 0
Charleston Battery 3 (Roberts 11, 40, Martins 72), Wilmington Hammerheads 0
Sunday
FC New York 0, Richmond Kickers 2 (Elcock 46+, Delicate 48+)

Standings
National:
1. Rochester Rhinos 18 points; 2. L.A. Blues 17; 3. Harrisburg City Islanders 15; 4. FC New York 13; 5. Pittsburgh Riverhounds 9; 6. Dayton Dutch Lions 5
American: 1. Orlando City 27; 2. Richmond Kickers 23; 3. Antigua Barracuda 22; 4. Charleston Battery 18; 5. Wilmington Hammerheads 17; 6. Charlotte Eagles 12

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Friday
Harrisburg City Islanders at Richmond Kickers, 4 p.m.
Dayton Dutch Lions at Charleston Battery, 4:30 p.m.
Rochester Rhinos at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 5 p.m.
Saturday
Wilmington Hammerheads at Orlando City FC, 4:30 p.m.
Dayton Dutch Lions at Charlotte Eagles, 5 p.m.

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
WESTERN DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Saturday
Hollywood United 4 (Miranda 18, Albarran 20, Blanco 50, Mendoza 89), Sonoma County Sol 1 (Allenado 82)
Rattlers FC 3 (Harlley 33, Gerber 48, Ibarra 69), Sacramento Gold 4 (Aguilar 15, 41, unavailable pen. 79, Bermudez 86)
San Diego Boca 3 (Roget 10, 60, Perez 95+), San Diego Flash (Emeanua 74, 93+)
Real San Jose 0, Bay Area Ambassadors 2
Sunday
Santa Ana Winds 1, Sacramento Gold 2

Standings
Southwest:
1. San Diego Flash 21 points; 2. Santa Ana Winds 21 points; 3. San Diego Boca FC 16; 4. FC Hasental 16, 5. Rattlers FC 6
Northwest: 1. Hollywood United FC 31; 2. Sacramento Gold 18; 3. Sonoma County Sol 13; 4. Bay Area Ambassadors 7; 5. Real San Jose 3

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
Sacramento Gold vs. Real San Jose at River City HS (West Sacramento), 3 p.m.
Rattlers FC vs. FC Hasental at Palmdale HS, 5 p.m.
Sonoma County Sol vs. San Diego Boca at Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park), 5 p.m.
Sunday
San Diego Flash vs. Santa Ana Winds at Westview HS (San Diego), 3 p.m.
Hollywood United vs. FC Hasental at Crenshaw HS (Los Angeles), 4 p.m.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Last week's results (home teams listed first)
Tuesday
L.A. Blues 23 2 (Aguilar 24, 90), Orange County Blue Star 5 (Hoffman 14, 41, 47, Monge 32, Ramirez 90)
Friday
Ogden Outlaws 1 (Liston 90), Southern California Seahorses 2 (Lara 16, Shaw 26)
BYU Cougars 1 (Gates 28), Orange County Blue Star (og Meyer 10, Monge 74)
Saturday
L.A. Legends 0, L.A. Blues 23 2 (Sandoval 8, 85)
Ogden Outlaws 2 (Lara 54, Bukoski 90), Orange County Blue Star 3 (Monge 25, Hoffman 66)
Fresno Fuego 1 (Blanco 53), Ventura County Fusion 1 (Hustedt 20)
BYU Cougars 1 (Pugmire 19), Southern California Seahorses 3 (Shaw 13, 59, og Clark 77)

Standings: 1. Fresno Fuego 21; 2. Ventura County Fusion 19; 3. Southern California Seahorses 19; 4. Orange County Blue Star 16; 5. L.A. Blues 23 8; 6. BYU Cougars 5; 7. Ogden Outlaws 2; 8. L.A. Legends 1

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Thursday
Ventura County Fusion vs. Ogden Outlaws at Ventura College, 7 p.m.
Friday
L.A. Blues 23 vs. BYU Cougars at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.
Saturday
Orange County Blue Star vs. Ogden Outlaws at Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.
Southern California Seahorses vs. BYU Cougars at Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.
Fresno Fuego vs. L.A. Legends at Chukchansi Park (Fresno), 7 p.m.


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

Wednesday
Victoria Highlanders 2 (Bates-Eamer 44, Hansen 84), L.A. Strikers 3 (Khassal 10, Russell 38, Foote 91+)
Thursday
Colorado Force 0, Pali Blues 0
Colorado Rush 0, Santa Clarita Blue Heat 3 (Tangorra 9, Fernandes 18, Mendez 39)
Friday
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (Weimer 65), L.A. Strikers 0
Saturday
Colorado Rush 1 (Peterson 77), Pali Blues 2 (Nogueira 21, Eddy 69)
Colorado Force 0, Santa Clarita Blue Heat 1 (Fernandes 12)
Sunday
Seattle Sounders 2 (Reiser 26, 75), L.A. Strikers 1 (Chapman 56)

Standings: 1. Santa Clarita Blue Heat 19 points; 2. Vancouver Whitecaps 16; 3. Pali Blues 15; 4. Colorado Rush 12; 5. L.A. Strikers 9; 6. Seattle Sounders 7; 7. Colorado Force 4; 8. Victoria Highlanders 1

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Friday
Colorado Force vs. Vancouver Whitecaps at Loveland (Colo.) Sports Park, 6 p.m.
Colorado Rush vs. Seattle Sounders at Trail Winds Park (Thornton, Colo.), 6 p.m.
Sunday
Colorado Force vs. Seattle Sounders at Loveland (Colo.) Sports Park, noon
Colorado Rush vs. Vancouver Whitecaps at Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 12:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
PACIFIC CONFERENCE
Last week's result (home team listed first)
Saturday
West Coast Wildkatz 4, Clovis Sidekicks 2
Los Al Vikings 2, San Diego SeaLions 3
Orange County Waves 4, Ajax America 0
Claremont Stars 0, L.A. Premier FC 4
Bay Area Breeze 5, San Francisco Nighthawks 0
Sunday
West Coast Wildkatz 1, California Storm 2
Ajax America 3, Claremont Stars 1
North Bay FC Wave 1, Bay Area Breeze 1
L.A. Premier 1, Los Al Vikings 0

Standings
Pacific-South:
1. Orange County Waves 9 points (13 overall); 2. San Diego SeaLions 9 (12); 3. Los Angeles Premier FC 6 (8); 4. Ajax America 6 (8); 3. Claremont Stars 3 (3); 6. Los Al Vikings 0 (1)
Pacific-North: 1. North Bay FC Wave 10 (16); 2. Bay Area Breeze 7 (8); 3. California Storm 7 (9); 4. West Coast Wildkatz 3 (5); 4. San Francisco Nighthawks 1 (2); 5. Clovis Sidekicks 0 (6)

This week's games (all times Pacific)
Saturday
Los Al Vikings vs. Ajax America at Long Beach City College, 11 p.m.
Clovis Sidekicks vs. California Storm at Clovis North HS (Fresno), 1 p.m.
Orange County Waves vs. Claremont Stars at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.
San Diego SeaLions vs. L.A. Premier at Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego), 6:30 p.m.
West Coast Wildkatz vs. North Bay FC Wave at Granada HS (Livermore), 7 p.m.
Sunday
Clovis Sidekicks vs. San Franciso Nighthawks at Clovis North HS (Fresno), 1 p.m.
San Diego SeaLions vs. Orange County Waves at Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego), 2 p.m.
North Bay FC Wave vs. California Storm at Santa Rosa HS, 5 p.m.
West Coast Wildkatz vs. Bay Area Breeze at Granada HS (Livermore), 6 p.m.