LOCALS: Striker is player of week

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.