Los Angeles Soccer: Ilia Nazarov
May, 22, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Southern California's entrants in the upcoming U.S. Open Cup grew by one this weekend with Doxa Italia's triumph at the U.S. Adult Soccer Association's Region IV tournament in Sacramento.
The Manhattan Beach-based club, led by forward/coach Derk Droze, went 2-0-2 in the six-team event, beating DV8 Defenders of Redwood City on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the title encounter.
Doxa Italia qualified for the Open Cup with an 18-0 rout of Northern California's CV Eagles FC as Droze scored seven goals and Ilia Nazarov added five. Both netted eight in four games as Doxa outscored its foes, 26-2.
Sunday's triumph qualified the club for July's USASA National Cup tournament in Bowling Green, Ky.
The 14-year-old club is the fourth team from the area to qualify for the Open Cup, America's oldest soccer competition, dating to 1914. The Galaxy, L.A. Blues and Hollywood United also will participate, and the Ventura County Fusion can clinch a berth next weekend.
The Open Cup begins in mid-June. The title game is set for Oct. 4.
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