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LOCALS: Blue Heat burns up W-League

6/7/2011

There's a new boss in the W-League's Western Conference, and it's not any of the expected contenders.

Second-year Santa Clarita Blue Heat leapt atop the standings with two impressive wins last week, surging ahead with a 5-2 romp over a stacked Vancouver Whitecaps team.

Portuguese star Edite Fernandes' quality has helped transform Blue Heat (4-0-1), an also-ran in year one, into an attacking giant, with 15 goals in the past three games. The Whitecaps (4-1-1), who arrived for a three-game L.A. trip looking a good bet to repeat as conference champ, had conceded just three goals in their first five games.

Englishwoman Stacey Rodwell, who played at Cal State L.A., had three assists Sunday against Vancouver -- two on Fernandes goals -- after setting up Fernandes in a 3-0 win Friday over the Seattle Sounders.

Colorado Rush (4-1-0) is one point behind Blue Heat and Vancouver.

Two-time W-League champ Pali Blues (3-0-2), which drew with Vancouver and beat Seattle, is the only other unbeaten side in the West. They played a scoreless draw with Santa Clarita on May 26 and meet again in a regular-season finale July 17 at Canyon High School in Canyon Country.

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NPSL: The San Diego Flash left no doubt as to the best team in the National Premier Soccer League's Soutwest Flight, battering the Santa Ana Winds, 4-0, in a showdown for the top spot in the table. Larry Emenua started things immediately for the Flash (7-2-0, but 9-0-0 on the field), scoring his seventh goal of the season in the opening seconds -- the club's seventh strike in the first 10 minutes and second in the first minute. Former UC Santa Barbara star Brennan Tennelle tallied twice.

Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental (5-4-1) won its fourth in a row, beating Real San Jose as UC Santa Barbara's Jonathan Zerah (Encino/Campbell Hall) scored in the 89th. … Lancaster's Rattlers FC (2-7-0) doubled their season output in an 8-4 win over Bay Area Ambassadors. Cal State L.A.'s Tyler Coombes (Palmdale/Palmdale HS) had a hat trick. … Northwest leader Hollywood United (9-0-1) is back on the field this week, facing second-place Sonoma County Sol (4-3-1) on Saturday at Crenshaw High School.

PDL: Fresno (6-0-2) unloaded on two L.A. teams to vault back atop the Premier Development League's Southwest Division, and Ventura County Fusion (5-0-3) will get another chance to knock the Fuego on Saturday night in Fresno. Milton Blanco scored three goals in shutout wins over L.A. Legends and L.A. Blues 23. … Ventura dropped back after successive 1-1 draws with the Blues and at home against surging Southern California Seahorses.

W-LEAGUE: UCLA's Sydney Leroux scored three goals on Vancouver's So Cal swing, two of them in a 4-2 win over the L.A. Strikers. … Pepperdine's Anisa Guajardo scored in both Pali games and assisted the Blues' third goal. … Cal State Fullerton women's coach Demian Brown has taken the reins for the L.A. Strikers.

WPSL: Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS and USC) scored two goals as the Orange County Waves rolled past L.A. Premier FC, 5-0, in their Women's Premier Soccer League home debut (and Pacific-South opener) in front of an estimated 1,500 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The Waves claimed another 5-0 decision over the Los Al Vikings in Long Beach; San Diego SeaLions also won both of its games last weekend.

USL PRO: The biggest news in America's No. 3 pro league this week was the L.A. Blues signing Antiguan forward Peter Byers, who started the year with Antigua Barracuda. … Two clubs in the National Division had big weeks to close the Blues' lead in the standings. Second-place Rochester (4-4-3) took a win (on two Andrew Hoxie goals) and a draw (on Neal Kitson's last-minute strike) from its trip to Antigua, pulling within four points of L.A. (5-2-2). Harrisburg (3-3-2) climbed to third with home wins over Pittsburgh and Charleston. … Orlando City's lead in the American Division is seven points after Maxwell Griffin (Palmdale/Littlerock HS and UCLA) netted his league-best seventh goal in a 4-2 comeback win at Wilmington. … Dayton needed seven games to win its first, toppling Pittsburgh, 2-1, on two goals by USL Pro Player of the Week George Davis IV.

  • DIVISION 3

USL PRO

Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Tuesday

Harrisburg City Islanders 4 (Angulo pen. 6, Langley 48, Hotchkin 55, Touray 89), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 (Yeisley 64, 67)

Thursday

Orlando City FC 0, Charlotte Eagles 0

Friday

FC New York 1 (Brito 58), Charleston Battery 1 (Patterson 45)

Antigua Barracuda 1 (Burton 55), Rochester Rhinos 2 (Hoxie 20, 33)

Saturday

Harrisburg City Islanders 1 (Touray 89), Charleston Battery 0

Dayton Dutch Lions 2 (Davis 74, 79), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 (Yeisley 37)

Wilmington Hammerheads 2 (Cuero 31, Banks 44), Orlando City FC 4 (Watson 41, 52, Stewart 64, M. Griffin 90)

Sunday

Antigua Barracuda 2 (Harvey 2, Burton 71), Rochester Rhinos 2 (Donatelli 64, Kitson 90)

Standings

National: 1. L.A. Blues 17 points 2. Rochester Rhinos 15; 3. Harrisburg City Islanders 11; 4. FC New York 10; 5. Pittsburgh Riverhounds 9; 6. Dayton Dutch Lions 5

American: 1. Orlando City 27; 2. Richmond Kickers 20; 3. Antigua Barracuda 19; 4. Charleston Battery 18; 5. Wilmington Hammerheads 14; 6. Charlotte Eagles 9

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Wednesday

Dayton Dutch Lions at Harrisburg City Islanders, 4 p.m.

Friday

Dayton Dutch Lions at FC New York, 4:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Wilmington Hammerheads, 4:30 p.m.

Antigua Barracuda at Orlando City FC, 4:35 p.m.

Saturday

Harrisburg City Islanders at Rochester Rhinos, 2:30 p.m.

Wilmington Hammerheads at Charleston Battery, 4 p.m.

Sunday

Richmond Kickers at FC New York, 4:30 p.m.

  • DIVISION 4

NATIONAL PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

WESTERN DIVISION

Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Saturday

FC Hasental 1 (Zerah 89), Real San Jose 0

Santa Ana Winds 0, San Diego Flash 4 (Emeanua 1, Tennelle 29, 63, LoSarah 72)

Sonoma County Sol 5, Rattlers FC 0

Sunday

Bay Area Ambassadors 4 (Kaal 5, Brgovic 45, Murphy 75, 90), Rattlers FC 8 (Coombes 19, NA, 45, Anderson NA, Martinez 38, Ibarra 56, Huma 60, Mariscal 92+)

Sacramento Gold 2 (Piña NA, NA), San Diego Boca 2 (Perez-Bernal NA, Quiroz 93+)

Standings

Southwest: 1. San Diego Flash 21 points; 2. Santa Ana Winds 21 points; 3. FC Hasental 16, 4. San Diego Boca FC 13; 5. Rattlers FC 6

Northwest: 1. Hollywood United FC 28; 2. Sonoma County Sol 13; 3. Sacramento Gold 12; 4. Bay Area Ambassadors 4; 5. Real San Jose 3

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Saturday

Hollywood United vs. Sonoma County Sol at Crenshaw HS (Los Angeles), 4 p.m.

Rattlers FC vs. Sacramento Gold at Palmdale HS, 5 p.m.

San Diego Boca vs. San Diego Flash at Balboa Stadium (San Diego), 7 p.m.

Real San Jose vs. Bay Area Ambassadors at Yerba Buena HS, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

Santa Ana Winds vs. Sacramento Gold at Santa Ana Stadium, 3 p.m.

USL PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

SOUTHWEST DIVISION

Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Wednesday

Southern California Seahorses 2 (Shaw 10, 43), Orange County Blue Star 1 (Hoffman 90)

Thursday

L.A. Blues 23 1 (Aguilar 90), Ventura County Fusion 1 (Riley 36)

Saturday

L.A. Legends 0, Fresno Fuego 2 (M. Blanco NA, Cuevas NA)

Sunday

Ventura County Fusion 1 (Riley 15), Southern California Seahorses 1 (Fellow 9)

L.A. Blues 23 0, Fresno Fuego 5 (M. Blanco 23, Cuevas 43, 64, Reinhart 60, 67)

Standings: 1. Fresno Fuego 20; 2. Ventura County Fusion 18; 3. Southern California Seahorses 13; 4. Orange County Blue Star 7; 5. BYU Cougars 5; 6. L.A. Blues 23 5; 7. Ogden Outlaws 2; 8. L.A. Legends 1

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Tuesday

L.A. Blues 23 vs. Orange County Blue Star at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.

Friday

Ogden Outlaws vs. Southern California Seahorses at Bonneville HS (Ogden, Utah), 5 p.m.

BYU Cougars vs. Orange County Blue Star at BYU South Field (Provo, Utah), 7 p.m.

Saturday

Ogden Outlaws vs. Orange County Blue Star at Bonneville HS (Ogden, Utah), 5 p.m.

Fresno Fuego vs. Ventura County Fusion at Chukchansi Park (Fresno), 7 p.m.

BYU Cougars vs. Southern California Seahorses at BYU South Field (Provo, Utah), 7 p.m.

  • WOMEN'S DIVISION 2

USL W-LEAGUE

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Wednesday

L.A. Strikers 1 (Chapman NA), Seattle Sounders 2 (Hurd 27, Reiser 82)

Pali Blues 1 (Guajardo 44), Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (Romagnuolo pen. 75)

Friday

Colorado Rush 4 (Loupee 30, Miranda 35, Wagner 44, Abdullah 49), Victoria Highlanders 1 (Thompson 70)

L.A. Strikers 2 (Khassal 46, Coombs 89), Vancouver Whitecaps 4 (Stoltenberg pen. 29, Weimer 38, Leroux 58, 81)

Santa Clarita Blue Heat 3 (Fernandes 28, Mendez 66, Beard 83), Seattle Sounders 0

Sunday

Colorado Force 3 (Patrick 48, Birdsall 64, Bolyard 73), Victoria Highlanders 0

Santa Clarita Blue Heat 5 (Fernandes 20, 32, Franco 28, Mendez pen. 36, Tangorra 61), Vancouver Whitecaps 2 (Leroux 23, Weimer pen. 40)

Pali Blues 2 (Guajardo 28, McCarty 39), Seattle Sounders 0

Standings: 1. Santa Clarita Blue Heat 13 points; 2. Vancouver Whitecaps 13; 3. Colorado Rush 12; 4. Pali Blues 11; 5. L.A. Strikers 6; 6. Seattle Sounders 4; 7. Colorado Force 3; 8. Victoria Highlanders 1

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Wednesday

Victoria Highlanders vs. L.A. Strikers at Bear Mountain Stadium (Langford, British Columbia), 7 p.m.

Thursday

Colorado Force vs. Pali Blues at Loveland (Colo.) Sports Park, 6 p.m.

Colorado Rush vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 6 p.m.

Friday

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. L.A. Strikers at Newton Athletic Park (Surrey, British Columbia), 8 p.m.

Saturday

Colorado Rush vs. Pali Blues at DSG Park Field 24 (Commerce City, Colo.), 1 p.m.

Colorado Force vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, Colo.), 6 p.m.

Sunday

Seattle Sounders vs. L.A. Strikers at Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, Wash.), 3 p.m.

WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE

PACIFIC CONFERENCE

Last week's result (home team listed first)

Saturday

Los Al Vikings 1, Claremont Stars 3

Ajax America 0, San Diego SeaLions 3

Orange County Waves 5, L.A. Premier 0

San Francisco Nighthawks 2, California Storm 2

Clovis Sidekicks 2, North Bay FC Wave 3

Sunday

Los Al Vikings 0, Orange County Waves 5

San Diego SeaLions 3, Claremont Stars 1

L.A. Premier 0, Ajax America 1

North Bay FC Wave 9, San Francisco Nighthawks 1

California Storm 5, Clovis Sidekicks 2

Standings

Pacific-South: 1. Orange County Waves 6 points (10 overall); 2. San Diego SeaLions 6 (9); 3. Claremont Stars 3 (3); 4. Ajax America 3 (5); 5. Los Angeles Premier FC 0 (2); 6. Los Al Vikings 0 (1)

Pacific-North: 1. North Bay FC Wave 9 (15); 2. California Storm 4 (6); 3. Bay Area Breeze 3 (4); 3. San Francisco Nighthawks 1 (2); 4. West Coast Wildkatz 0 (2); 5. Clovis Sidekicks 0 (6)

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Saturday

West Coast Wildkatz vs. Clovis Sidekicks at Granada HS (Livermore), 1 p.m.

Los Al Vikings vs. San Diego SeaLions at Long Beach City College, 2 p.m.

Orange County Waves vs. Ajax America at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.

Claremont Stars vs. L.A. Premier FC at Claremont HS, 7 p.m.

Bay Area Breeze vs. San Francisco Nighthawks at Dublin HS, 7 p.m.

Sunday

West Coast Wildkatz vs. San Francisco Nighthawks at Granada HS (Livermore), 1 p.m.

Ajax America vs. Claremont Stars at Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.

North Bay FC Wave vs. Bay Area Breeze at Redwood HS (Larkspur), 5 p.m.

L.A. Premier vs. Los Al Vikings at La Cañada HS (La Cañada Flintridge), 6 p.m.