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LOCALS: Blue Heat's Fernandes is MVP finalist

July, 27, 2011
Edite Fernandes made a profound impact this season for Santa Clarita Blue Heat, scoring nine goals, assisting four more and through her immense quality leading the second-year club to the W-League's Western Conference regular-season title.

The Portuguese forward was rewarded for her play Wednesday with the announcement that she's one of three finalists for the national amateur/semipro women's league's MVP honor, along with Colorado Rush forward Lindsey Horan, a U.S. youth national-teamer, and Ottawa Fury forward Mallory Outerbridge.

Fernandes was joined on the All-W-League team by teammate Cynthia Jacobo (Arleta/Granada Hills HS), Cal State Northridge's goalkeeper, and Pali Blues defender Sasha Andrews, a former Canadian national-teamer.

Jacobo is a finalist for Rookie of the Year, along with UCLA star Sydney Leroux, who leads Vancouver into this weekend's W-League final four in suburban Seattle, and Horan. Andrews is up for Defender of the Year, and Santa Clarita's Fabian Sandoval is one of three Coach of the Year finalists.

Fernandes, Jacobo and Blue Heat defender Kendall VanDine (Brea/Brea Olinda HS), and Andrews and fellow Pali defender Christie Shaner were chosen for the All-Western Conference team. So was Leroux.

Also on the all-league team are Horan, Outerbridge, Long Island defender Sue Weber, Ottawa defender Amanda Fancher and midfielder Jessica Shufelt, Toronto defender Christine Exeter, Vancouver midfielder Tiffany Weimer, and Atlanta midfielder Megan Tomlinson.

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LOCALS: Striker is player of week

May, 25, 2011
Englishwoman Cherelle Khassal, who last week scored goals in L.A. Strikers' first two victories, is the W-League's Player of the Week.

Khassal tallied in the Strikers' victories over Victoria and the Colorado Force. The first-year team is 2-2-0 heading into Sunday's game at Pasadena City College against archrival Santa Clarita Blue Heat, for whom Khassal played last season.

Her teammate Christina Murillo (Cal State Fullerton) joined Khassal on the W-League Team of the Week, and Pali Blues defender Sasha Andrews also was honored.

In the rival Women's Premier Soccer League, Orange County Waves forward Kristina Larsen (Mission Viejo HS/UCLA) was Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick in a romp over San Francisco Nighthawks.