LOCALS: Seahorses, Blue Heat step up

Two local clubs -- the Southern California Seahorses and Santa Clarita Blue Heat -- are enjoying unexpected early success in United Soccer Leagues competitions and will have a better idea of how good they really are following showdowns this weekend.

The Seahorses (3-2-0) are coming off back-to-back Premier Development League wins over longtime power Orange County Blues Star, winning 2-0 last week in Irvine and 2-1 on Wednesday night in La Mirada. Ryan Shaw (La Cañada Flintridge/St. Francis HS) scored three goals -- giving him five in five games -- in the victories.

Now the club, part of a Christian organization that includes the USL Pro league's Charlotte Eagles, looks to bounce back from the 4-0 home loss last weekend to Southwest Division leader Ventura County Fusion (5-0-2). They meet Sunday evening at Ventura College.

The Blue Heat (2-0-1) last week played two-time W-League champ Pali Blues to a scoreless draw, then destroyed archrival L.A. Strikers, 7-2, after scoring three goals -- by Hannah Beard, Portuguese star Edite Fernandes and Cal State Fullerton's Ann Marie Tangorra (Arcadia/Arcadia HS and Cal State L.A.) -- in the first 25 minutes.

Santa Clarita returns home, The Master's College on this occasion, to take on reigning Western Conference champ Vancouver Whitecaps (3-0-1), who have conceded just one goal this season.

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NPSL: The Santa Ana Winds (7-1-0) and San Diego Flash (6-2-0) have a top-of-the-Southwest Flight showdown Saturday night in the National Premier Soccer League's Western Division. The Winds have won seven in a row after dropping their opener Hollywood United. The Flash are 8-0-0 on the field but forfeited two victories.

Chatsworth's Robert Pate (Chatsworth HS/Cal State Northridge) scored twice as Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental (4-4-1) won its third in a row, beating Lancaster's Rattlers FC, 4-2. … Hollywood United (9-0-1) extended its lead in the Northwest Flight to 18 points with a tougher-than-expected 2-1 win at Real San Jose, which the Hitmen battered, 11-0, five weeks earlier.

PDL: L.A. Blues 23, the reserve side for the USL Pro league team, failed to score a goal while conceding 11 in its first four games. They broke out last week, beating the L.A. Legends, 2-0, on two Daniel Martinez goals, then rallied Thursday for a 1-1 draw with Ventura County as former UC Irvine standout Carlos Aguilar (Palmdale/Palmdale HS) tallied in the final minute.

W-LEAGUE: Pali Blues (2-0-2) settled for a 1-1 draw with Vancouver on Wednesday after surrendering a 75th-minute penalty kick. Pepperdine's Anisa Guajardo scored for Pali just before halftime.

WPSL: Four of the five L.A.-area clubs in the Women's Premier Soccer League's Pacific-South Division play home openers this weekend, with the Los Al Vikings getting two home games. (Claremont Stars must wait until next week to get off the road.) Most anticipated is the Orange County Waves' home debut Saturday evening against Los Angeles Premier FC at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The Waves are primarily professional; L.A. Premier always fields one of the better sides in the WPSL.

Ajax America, which won the WPSL title in 2008, was runner-up in 2009 and reached the final four last year, has the toughest slate this week,. welcoming the San Diego SeaLions to Nansen Field in Rolling Hills Estates on Saturday and visiting L.A. Premier at La Cañada High School on Sunday.

USL PRO: Richmond is unbeaten no more. The Kickers (6-2-2) managed just one point from three goals last week, losing on successive nights at Charleston (2-1) and American Division leader Orlando City (2-0) and drawing at home a few days later with FC New York (2-2). … Charleston (5-4-2) ended a 521-minute drought Dane Kelly's 26th-minute equalizer against Richmond, then got the winner from Jon Gruenewald in the 86th and followed with a 2-1 win over Harrisburg. … The L.A. Blues' lead in the National Division is six points after Rochester (3-4-2) tied and won in two games last week. The Blues (5-2-2) are back in league action on June 24.

WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER: Hermosa Beach's Abby Wambach was WPS Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick in magicJack's 4-0 romp over the last-place Atlanta Beat. Western New York Flash, with Marta, Canadian star Christine Sinclair and top draft pick Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond bar HS), are atop the standings with a 6-0-1 record, eight points ahead of Boca Raton, Fla.-based magicJack (4-1-0).



Past week's results (home teams listed first)

Tuesday, May 24

Charleston Battery 2 (Kelly 26, Gruenewald 86), Richmond Kickers 1 (Delicate 1)

Wednesday, May 25

Orlando City FC 2 (Neal 4, Molino 13), Richmond Kickers 0

Friday, May 27

Rochester Rhinos 1 (Motagalvan 63), Wilmington Hammerheads 1 (Becerra 61)


Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0, Wilmington Hammerheads 0

Richmond Kickers 2 (Heins 37, Nyazamba 53), FC New York 2 (Brito 52, 79)

Charleston Battery 2 (Armstrong 61, Paterson 87), Harrisburg City Islanders 1 (Angulo 6)

Dayton Dutch Lions 1 (Willie pen. 62), Charlotte Eagles 1 (Bundu 10)


FC New York 2 (Holder 29, Arteaga pen. 47+), Rochester Rhinos 1 (Alesci 57)


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


Orlando City FC 0, Charlotte 0


National: 1. L.A. Blues 17 points 2. Rochester Rhinos 11; 3. FC New York 9; 4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds 9; 5. Harrisburg City Islanders 8; 6. Dayton Dutch Lions 2

American: 1. Orlando City 24; 2. Richmond Kickers 20; 3. Antigua Barracuda 18; 4. Charleston Battery 17; 5. Wilmington Hammerheads 14; 6. Charlotte Eagles 9

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Charleston at FC New York, 4:30 p.m.

Rochester at Antigua Barracuda, 5 p.m.


Charleston at Harrisburg, 4 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Dayton, 4:30 p.m.

Orlando City at Wilmington, 4:30 p.m.


Rochester at Antigua, 5 p.m.




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


FC Hasental 4 (R. Garcia 8, De La Piedra 10, Pate 47, 56), Rattlers FC 2 (Harlley 15, Huma 49)

Real San Jose 1 (Nagel pen. 1), Hollywood United FC 2 (Albarron pen. 48, Watson 78)

Bay Area Ambassadors 1 (Osorio NA), Santa Ana Winds 2 (SanaTourn NA, NA)


Sacramento Gold 2 (Piña 65, 85), Sonoma County Sol 0


Southwest: 1. Santa Ana Winds 21 points; 2. San Diego Flash 18; 3. FC Hasental 13, 4. San Diego Boca FC 12; 5. Rattlers FC 3

Northwest: 1. Hollywood United FC 28; 2. Sacramento Gold 11; 3. Sonoma County Sol 10; 4. Bay Area Ambassadors 4; 5. Real San Jose 3

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Sonoma County Sol vs. Rattlers FC at Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park), 5 p.m.

FC Hasental vs. Real San Jose at Calabasas HS, 6:30 p.m.

Santa Ana Winds vs. San Diego Flash at Santa Ana Stadium, 7 p.m.


Bay Area Ambassadors vs. Rattlers FC at Chabot College (Hayward), 3 p.m.

Sacramento Gold vs. San Diego Boca at River City HS (West Sacramento), 6 p.m.



Past week's results (home teams listed first)

Tuesday, May 24

BYU Cougars 0, Ogden Outlaws 0

Wednesday, May 25

Orange County Blue Star 0, Southern California Seahorses 2 (Burt 85, Shaw 90)


Ogden Outlaws 0, BYU Cougars 1 (Pugmire 29)

Southern California Seahorses 0, Ventura County Fusion 4 (Barrera 12, Hustedt 15, Magee 45, 67)

L.A. Blues 23 2 (Martinez 48, 64), L.A. Legends 0


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


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

Standings: 1. Ventura County Fusion 17 points; 2. Fresno Fuego 14; 3. Southern California Seahorses 12; 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)


L.A. Legends vs. Fresno Fuego at Crenshaw HS (Los Angeles), 5 p.m.


Ventura County Fusion vs. Southern California Seahorses at Ventura College, 5 p.m.

L.A. Blues 23 vs. Fresno Fuego at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 6 p.m.


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




Past week's results (home teams listed first)

Wednesday, May 25

Victoria Highlanders 0, Colorado Rush 1 (Abdullah 46)

Thursday, May 26

Pali Blues 0, Santa Clarita Blue Heat 0

Friday, May 27

Vancouver Whitecaps 3 (Weimer 40, pen. 70, Bonnick 64), Colorado Rush 0


Seattle Sounders 2 (McDougall 26, Redwine 69), Colorado Rush 3 (Foxhoven pen. 4, pen. 73, Horan 83)

L.A. Strikers 2 (Dixon 65, 85), Santa Clarita Blue Heat 7 (Beard 9, Fuentes 17, Tangorra 25, Rodwell 48, 81, Boyce 90, Franco 92+)


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

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

Standings: 1. Vancouver Whitecaps 10 points; 2. Colorado Rush 9; 3. Pali Blues 8; 4. Santa Clarita Blue Heat 7; 5. L.A. Strikers 6; 6. Seattle Sounders 4; 7. Victoria Highlanders 1; 8. Colorado Force 0

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Colorado Rush vs. Victoria Highlanders at Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 6:30 p.m.

L.A. Strikers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps at Pasadena City College, 7 p.m.

Santa Clarita Blue Heat vs. Seattle Sounders at Valencia HS (Valencia), 7 p.m.


Colorado Force vs. Victoria Highlanders at Loveland (Colo.) Sports Park, noon

Santa Clarita Blue Heat vs. Vancouver Whitecaps at The Master's College (Santa Clarita), 1 p.m.

Pali Blues vs. Seattle Sounders at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 3 p.m.



Last week's result (home team listed first)


North Bay FC Wave 1, Clovis Sidekicks 0


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

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

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Los Al Vikings vs. Claremont Stars at Long Beach City College, 11 a.m.

Ajax America vs. San Diego SeaLions at Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.

Orange County Waves vs. L.A. Premier at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.

San Francisco Nighthawks vs. California Storm at San Mateo HS, 1 p.m.

Clovis Sidekicks vs. North Bay FC Wave at Clovis North HS (Fresno), 5:30 p.m.


Los Al Vikings vs. Orange County Waves at Long Beach City College, 11 a.m.

San Diego SeaLions vs. Claremont Stars at Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego), 2 p.m.

L.A. Premier vs. Ajax America at La Cañada HS (La Cañada Flintridge), 6 p.m.

North Bay FC Wave vs. San Francisco Nighthawks at Tamalpais HS (Mill Valley), 5 p.m.

California Storm vs. Clovis Sidekicks at Folsom HS, 7 p.m.