LOCALS: VC Fusion make a statement

With Hollywood United departing for a rival league, the Ventura County Fusion might have figured they were in a two-team battle for the Premier Development League's Southwest Division title this year.

They would have been correct.

Only the other team isn't Orange County Blue Star.

The Fusion made that clear Friday night with a 7-2 pasting at Ventura College, running their record to 4-0-1. That's only worth second place -- Fresno Fuego, apparently their chief competition, is a point better, at 4-0-2.

The teams drew, 0-0, May 1 in Ventura and meet again June 11 in Fresno.

They're in another battle this week, for the division's berth in the U.S. Open Cup. Fresno won all four of its qualifying matches, and the Fusion is 3-0-0 heading into Saturday's PDL match against the Southern California Seahorses at La Mirada High School. Ventura County will advance if it wins by two or more goals or by one goal while scoring at least three. A 2-1 win forces a coin flip, a 1-0 win, draw or loss sends Fresno through.

Thousand Oaks' Danny Barrerra (Westlake HS/UC Santa Barbara) played the key role against Blue Star, setting up two goals -- his league-best fifth and sixth assists -- and scoring the finale.

The Seahorses are 2-1-0, although the victories are against winless teams that have been outscored, 23-2. The L.A. Blues' reserve side was Saturday's victim and have been shut out in all four of its games.

NPSL: Milan Radovic (Chatsworth HS/Cal State Northridge) scored twice in the dying minutes as Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental overcame a late two-goal deficit for a 3-2 win at Sacramento. Rafael Garcia (Canoga Park HS/Cal State Northridge) started the comeback in the 70th minute, then set up Radovich's 86th-minute equalizer. The winner arrived in stoppage.

The Santa Ana Winds made it six in a row, with Greg Piechota (Cal State Dominguez Hills) and Adan Coronado (Artesia HS/Cerritos College) tallying to beat Real San Jose. Hollywood United hit five goals for the fourth time in five matches in a romp over Bay Area Ambassadors.

WPSL: The big winners on the first full weekend, played entirely on the NorCal clubs' fields, were the Orange County Waves, San Diego SeaLions, Marin County-based North Bay FC Wave and Livermore-based West Coast Wildkatz.

The Waves held partner club Bay Area Breeze to a 1-1 draw, then routed the San Francisco Nighthawks, 6-0 -- with Kristina Larsen (Mission Viejo HS/UCLA) scoring a hat trick to win WPSL Player of the Week honors -- to take the early lead in the Pacific-South.

The SeaLions upset the Breeze, but lost to North Bay, which was one of two teams to win Saturday and Sunday. The Wildkatz, run out of former San Jose Earthquakes star Troy Dayak's club, held L.A. Premier and Ajax America, two of the league's better sides, to draws.

USL W-LEAGUE: UCLA's Sydney Leroux is playing in her hometown for the Vancouver Whitecaps; she scored the lone goal in their win over Seattle. … Englishwoman Cherelle Khassal tallied twice as L.A. Strikers won two of three last week. They face archrival Santa Clarita Blue Heat on Sunday night at Pasadena City College. … Blue Heat won its opener on Cal State L.A. All-American Liz Franco's 89th-minute goal.

USL PRO: Palmdale's Max Griffin (Littlerock HS/UCLA) struck again, scoring the 90th-minute winner in Orlando City FC's 3-1 victory at Harrisburg, his league-best sixth of the season. … The week's most intriguing result: Wilmington Hammerheads battering the Charleston Battery, 3-0, to go to 4-1-0 as Luke Mulholland struck twice. … L.A. Blues (5-2-2) top the National Division with 17 points, seven more than second-place Rochester, but they're off from league play until June 24. The Rhinos have six games -- as many as 18 points -- in that span.



Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Dayton Dutch Lions 1 (LaCrone 60), L.A. Blues 1 (J. Bravo 6)

Rochester Rhinos 0, Orlando City FC 0

Charlotte Eagles 2 (Toby 17, Sanchez 66), Antigua Barracuda 0


Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 (Deighton 2, Fondy 48), FC New York 0

Wilmington Hammerheads 3 (Mulholland 27, 85, Avesyan 90), Charleston Battery 0


Harrisburg City Islanders 1 (Basso 80), Orlando City 3 (Stewart 2, M. Griffin 90, Neal 92+)

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0, L.A. Blues 3 (Miranda 17, Chijindu 28, 91+)


National: 1. L.A. Blues 17 points 2. Rochester Rhinos 10; 3. Pittsburgh Riverhounds 8; 4. Harrisburg City Islanders 5; 5. FC New York 5; 6. Dayton Dutch Lions 1

American: 1. Orlando City 20; 2. Richmond Kickers 19; 3. Antigua Barracuda 18; 4. Wilmington Hammerheads 12; 5. Charleston Battery 11; 6. Charlotte Eagles 7

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Richmond at Charleston, 4:30 p.m.


Richmond at Orlando City, 4:05 p.m.


Wilmington at Rochester, 4:30 p.m.


Wilmington at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.

FC New York at Richmond, 4 p.m.

Harrisburg at Charleston, 4:30 p.m.

Charlotte at Dayton, 5 p.m.


Rochester at FC New York, noon




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


San Diego Boca 4 (Perez-Bernal 14, Picou 23, 30, Roget 85), Rattlers FC 1 (Lange pen. 51)

Santa Ana Winds 2 (G. Piechota 7, Coronado 62), Real San Jose 0

Bay Area Ambassadors 1 (Godinez 90), Hollywood United FC 5 (Miranda 22, Albarran 41, Espinoza 81, Alvarez 87, Contreras 90)


San Diego Flash 7 (LoSarah 1, 8, 18, 84, Gomez 5, Guy 70, Bakal 79) Rattlers FC 1 (Huma 72)

Sacramento Gold 2 (Pina 14, Fonseca 44), FC Hasental 3 (Garcia 70, Radovich 86, 93+)


Southwest: 1. San Diego Flash 18 points; 2. Santa Ana Winds 18; 3. San Diego Boca FC 12; 4. FC Hasental 7, 5. Rattlers FC 3

Northwest: 1. Hollywood United FC 25; 2. Sonoma County Sol 10; 3. Sacramento Gold 8; 4. Bay Area Ambassadors 4; 5. Real San Jose 3

This week's games (all times Pacific)


FC Hasental vs. Rattlers FC at Calabasas HS, 6:30 p.m.

Santa Ana Winds vs. Bay Area Ambassadors at Chabot College (Hayward), 7 p.m.

Hollywood United FC vs. Real San Jose at Yerba Buena HS (San Jose), 7:30 p.m.


Sacramento Gold vs. Sonoma County Sol at River City HS (West Sacramento), 6 p.m.



Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Ventura County Fusion 7 (Hustedt 9, Magee 32, 43, Williams 36, Palmer 70, Rose 77), Orange County Blue Star 1 (Hoffman 26, Monge 72)

BYU Cougars 0, Fresno Fuego 3 (Silva 1, Cignetti 27, Reinhart 47)


Ogden Outlaws 1 (Bukoski 86), Fresno Fuego 4 (M. Blanco 19, 68, Gutierrez 40, 89)

Southern California Seahorses 2 (Martinez 31, Shaw 70), L.A. Blues 23 0

Standings: 1. Fresno Fuego 14 points; 2. Ventura County Fusion 13; 3. Orange County Blue Star 7; 4. Southern California Seahorses 6; 5. Ogden Outlaws 1; 6. BYU Cougars 1; 7. L.A. Legends 1; 8. L.A. Blues 23 1

This week's games (all times Pacific)


BYU Cougars vs. Ogden Outlaws at BYU South Field (Provo, Utah), 7 p.m.


Orange County Blue Star vs. Southern California Seahorses at Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.


Ogden Outlaws vs. BYU Cougars at Bonneville HS (Washington Terrace, Utah), 5 p.m.

Southern California Seahorses vs. Ventura County Fusion at La Mirada HS, 5:30 p.m.

L.A. Blues 23 vs. L.A. Legends at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m,.




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


L.A. Strikers 2 (Khassal 18, Avesyan 88), Victoria Highlanders 0


Colorado Force 0, L.A. Strikers 1 (Khassal 31)

Pali Blues 2 (McCarty 19, Guajardo 56), Victoria Highlanders 1 (Hansen 61)


Colorado Rush 4 (Horan 22, 86, Peterson 56, Miranda 64), L.A. Strikers 1 (Johnson 72)


Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (Leroux 46+), Seattle Sounders 0

Santa Clarita Blue Heat 2 (Beard 7, Franco 89), Victoria Highlanders 1 (Porter 35)

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

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Victoria Highlanders vs. Colorado Rush at Bear Mountain Stadium (Langford, British Columbia), 7 p.m.


Pali Blues vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Palisades HS (Pacific Palisades), 7 p.m.


Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rush at Exhibition Stadium (Chilliwack, British Columbia), 7 p.m.


Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rush at Starfire Soccer Complex (Tukwila, Wash.), 2 p.m.

L.A. Strikers vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Pasadena City College, 7 p.m.



Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Clovis Sidekicks 2, Claremont Stars 1

North Bay FC Wave 1, San Diego SeaLions 0

Bay Area Breeze 1, Orange County Waves 1

San Francisco Nighthakws 1, Los Al Vikings 1

West Coast Wildkatz 1, L.A. Premier FC 1

California Storm 0, Ajax America 0


Clovis Sidekicks 7, Los Al Vikings 1

West Coast Wildkatz 2, Ajax America 2

North Bay FC Wave 4, Claremont Stars 1

Bay Area Breeze 0, San Diego SeaLions 1

San Francisco Nighthawks 0, Orange County Waves 6

California Storm 0, L.A. Premier FC 0


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

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

This week's games (all times Pacific)


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