LOCALS: NPSL playoffs start for Hollywood

Was it a conference-title preview we saw Sunday, when the National Premier Soccer League's divisional winners wrapped up their regular seasons with a showdown in San Diego?

Hollywood United FC certainly hopes not. A red card, two injuries and the decision to rest two influential starters contributed to a 5-1 loss to the San Diego Flash, which posted the Western Conference's best record on the field (12-1-1) if not on the official books (10-3-1, after two forfeits).

HUFC (11-2-1, including one of the forfeit wins) can figure on another meeting next week perhaps -- the schedule has not been determined by the league, but July 16 sounds reasonable -- with a berth in the NPSL final four in Alabama on the line.

The Hitmen, who won the Northwest Flight and last week claimed the No. 1 seed for the conference final four, open the playoffs Saturday night against the Santa Ana Winds (8-4-2) at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. The Flash, Southwest Flight winners, are home against the Sacramento Gold (7-3-4) in the other semifinal.

Hollywood United, which lost its second game of the year to the Flash (a 3-1 decision that turned into a 3-0 win) and went unbeaten in the next nine, took both its losses last week. Thousand Oaks' FC Hasental (6-5-3), which made a late, failed run for a playoff berth, pulled out a 2-1 victory last Tuesday night that had HUFC, in its official game report, calling Los Conejos “by far the best team [we've] faced all year.”

It followed with a 6-0 rout of Lancaster's Rattlers FC to guarantee the conference's top record, led by Andy Contreras' hat trick and two goals from Jose Miranda.

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PDL: Orange County Blue Star's postseason hopes in the Premier Development League's Southwest Division took a battering with a wild 3-2 loss in front of 4,337 at Fresno. The Fuego (8-0-3), who sit four points behind the Ventura County Fusion (9-0-4) but are nonetheless in command of the race, bolted to a two-goal lead on a pair of Tyler Reinhart goals in the first half, then prevailed on Jose Cuevas' goal in the 67th minute, two minutes after UCLA's Joe Sofia (Dove Canyon/Mission Viejo HS) pulled Blue Star (8-4-1) even. Chandler Hoffman scored his 13th for OC.

The Fusion kept its cushion with a 2-0 win at L.A. Blues 23, on second-half goals by UC Santa Barbara's Danny Barrera (Thousand Oaks/Westlake HS) and Mark Magee.

W-LEAGUE: The big three in the USL's women's league's Western Conference -- Santa Clarita Blue Heat (7-0-2), Pali Blues (6-1-5) and Vancouver Whitecaps (8-1-3) -- held serve, each reaping four points from two games. The divisional title and playoff berths could be determined this weekend when Blue Heat make their Pacific Northwest trek to play Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle.

Colorado Rush might have had the best week, coming to So Cal and playing Blue Heat and Pali to 1-1 draws. Lindsey Horan scored in all three L.A. games for the Rush, the third a 2-1 loss to the L.A. Strikers.

The week's top performer was UCLA senior Sydney Leroux, who scored four goals to lead her hometown Whitecaps in a 5-0 rout over Victoria.

WPSL: NorCal teams came south for a visit in Pacific Conference crossover games that don't count in the Women's Premier Soccer League standings. Good for South Bay-based Ajax America, which is third in the Pacific-South -- three points behind the Orange County Waves and San Diego SeaLions -- and dropped both of its games, including a 3-2 stunner Sunday to the previously winless San Francisco Nighthawks. Best result for a local side: One-win Los Al Vikings' 1-1 draw Saturday with Pacific-North leader North Bay FC Wave, which is 7-1-3 in all matches.

USL PRO: The L.A. Blues (5-4-4) might find it difficult to compete for the National Division title, with poor form and a ridiculously backlogged schedule in their way. They went 0-1-1 on their Carolinas trip, surrendering a season-worst four goals in Saturday's 4-2 loss at Wilmington, which hadn't scored more than three all year.

The Rochester Rhinos (8-5-3) are atop the division and have looked authoritative in recent weeks. They limited the Richmond Kickers two shots in a 2-1 win Friday -- Kendall Jadeosingh netted the winner -- and played American Division leader Orlando City (11-2-5) close before succumbing, 1-0, on Jamie Watson's 77th-minute strike. National No. 2 Harrisburg City Islanders (7-4-3), who took four points in two L.A. games the previous week, had a statement-making 4-0 rout of the Charlotte Eagles, with Andrew Welker and Sainey Touray scoring twice apiece.

Also worth noting: Antigua Barracuda (7-9-1) is in collapse, dropping four in a row, including 2-0 decisions last week at FC New York and Pittsburgh. The Antiguans are the only American Division side with a losing record.



Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0, Orlando City 0

Charleston Battery 0, L.A. Blues 0

Rochester Rhinos 2 (Kissi 47, Jadeosingh 72), Richmond Kickers 1 (og Bellamy 56)

FC New York 2 (Arteaga 13, 17), Antigua Barracuda 0


Harrisburg City Islanders 4 (Welker 45, 65, Touray 74, 88), Charlotte Eagles 0

Wilmington Hammerheads 4 (Budnyy 1, Banks 66, Becerra 71, Murray 81), L.A. Blues 2 (Rivera 23, Priestley 88)


Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 (Yeisley pen. 45, Deighton 80), Antigua Barracuda 0

Rochester Rhinos 0, Orlando City 1 (Watson 77)


Richmond Kickers 3 (Heins 30, Bulow pen. 53, Elcock 74), Dayton Dutch Lions 1 (Tait pen. 13)

FC New York 1 (Arteaga 84), Charlotte Eagles 3 (Herrera 9, Sanchez 22, og Smith 34)


National: 1. Rochester Rhinos 27 points; 2. Harrisburg City Islanders 24; 3. L.A. Blues 19; 4. FC New York 17; 5. Pittsburgh Riverhounds 15; 6. Dayton Dutch Lions 5

American: 1. Orlando City 38; 2. Richmond Kickers 27; 3. Charleston Battery 25; 4. Antigua Barracuda 22; 5. Wilmington Hammerheads 21; 6. Charlotte Eagles 21

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Dayton Dutch Lions at Orlando City, 4:35 p.m.

Charlotte Eagles at Richmond Kickers, 5 p.m.

Wilmington Hammerheads at Antigua Barracuda, 5 p.m.

FC New York at Rochester Rhinos, 5 p.m.


FC New York at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 4 p.m.

Orlando City at Charleston Battery, 4:30 p.m.

Richmond at Charlotte Eagles, 5 p.m.


Dayton Dutch Lions at Harrisburg City Islanders, noon

Wilmington Hammerheads at Antigua Barracuda, 2 p.m.




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Hollywood United 1 (Blanco 81), FC Hasental 2 (Cazaraz 15, Gonzalez 38)


Rattlers FC 0, Hollywood United 6 (Contreras 30, 43, 79, Miranda 49, 55, Acevedo 84)


Real San Jose 2 (Tilbury 21, Randall 79), Sonoma County Sol 4 (Arroyo 29, 35, Middlemiss 33, pen. 61)

Rattlers FC 1 (Coombes NA), San Diego Flash 2 (LoSarah NA, Emeanua pen. 56)

Santa Ana Winds 1, FC Hasental 1


San Diego Flash 5 (Emeanua 23, Pace 28, Perera 52, 90, Ortiz 76), Hollywood United 1 (Bentil 47)

San Diego Boca 0, Santa Ana Winds 1

Sacramento Gold 1, Sonoma County Sol 1

Final Standings

Southwest: 1. x-San Diego Flash 31 points; 2. x-Santa Ana Winds 26; 3. FC Hasental 21; 4. San Diego Boca FC 19; 5. Rattlers FC 9

Northwest: 1. x-Hollywood United FC 34; 2. x-Sacramento Gold 25; 3. Sonoma County Sol 24; 4. Bay Area Ambassadors 7; 5. Real San Jose 6

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Conference semifinals


San Diego Flash vs. Sacramento Gold at Westview HS (San Diego), 3 p.m.

Hollywood United vs. Santa Ana Winds at Crenshaw HS (Los Angeles), 7 p.m.



Last week's results (home teams listed first)


Fresno Fuego 3 (Reinhart 23, 45, Cuevas 67), Orange County Blue Star 2 (Hoffman 50, Sofia 65)


L.A. Blues 23 0, Ventura County Fusion 2 (Barrera 64, Magee 75)

BYU Cougars 1 (Pugmire 50), Ogden Outlaws 1 (Hatungimana 62)


Orange County Blue Star 1 (Silva 43), L.A. Legends 0

Standings: 1. Ventura County Fusion 31 points; 2. Fresno Fuego 27; 3. Orange County Blue Star 25; 4. Southern California Seahorses 23; 5. L.A. Blues 23 11; 6. BYU Cougars 10; 7. L.A. Legends 4; 8. Ogden Outlaws 3

This week's games (all times Pacific)


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

Ventura County Fusion vs. BYU Cougars at Ventura College, 7 p.m.


L.A. Legends vs. BYU Cougars at Inglewood HS, 6 p.m.

Southern California Seahorses vs. Ogden Outlaws at Biola University (La Mirada), 7 p.m.


Orange County Blue Star vs. Fresno Fuego at Concordia University (Irvine), 5 p.m.




Last week's results (home teams listed first)


L.A. Strikers 2 (Johnson 6, Butcher 41), Colorado Rush 1 (Horan 51)

Santa Clarita Blue Heat 3 (Beard 32, Fernandes 46, Franco 53), Colorado Force 1 (Tagen 43)


Seattle Sounders 1 (Reiser 37), Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (Richardson 75)


Pali Blues 2 (Shaner 33, Gordon 52), Colorado Force 0

Santa Clarita Blue Heat 1 (Kret 82), Colorado Rush 1 (Horan 86)


Vancouver Whitecaps 5 (Leroux 2, 49, 77, 82, Bonnick 92+), Victoria Highlanders 0


Pali Blues 1 (Kruger 64), Colorado Rush 1 (Horan 62)

L.A. Strikers 1 (Chapman 57), Colorado Force 3 (McQuilliams 10, 39, Pena 76)

Standings: 1. Vancouver Whitecaps 27 points; 2. Santa Clarita Blue Heat 23; 3. Pali Blues 23; 4. Colorado Rush 18; 5. Seattle Sounders 12; 6. L.A. Strikers 12; 7. Colorado Force 7; 8. Victoria Highlanders 1

This week's games (all times Pacific)


Colorado Rush vs. Colorado Force at Valor Christian HS (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 6 p.m.


Victoria Highlanders vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Bear Mountain Stadium (Langford, British Columbia), 7 p.m.


Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Kings Park (Penticton, British Columbia), 7:30 p.m.


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

L.A. Strikers vs. Pali Blues at Patterson Field, Occidental College (Eagle Rock), 7 p.m.


Seattle Sounders vs. Santa Clarita Blue Heat at Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, Wash.), 3 p.m.



Last week's result (home team listed first)


Ajax America 1, Bay Area Breeze 2

Los Al Vikings 1, North Bay FC Wave 1

Orange County Waves 2, California Storm 1

L.A. Premier 3, Clovis Sidekicks 1

San Diego SeaLions 5, San Francisco Nighthawks 1

Claremont Stars vs. West Coast Wildkatz, no report


Los Al Vikings 0, West Coast Wildkatz 0

Ajax America 2, San Francisco Nighthawks 3

San Diego SeaLions 2, California Storm 1

Orange County Waves 0, Bay Area Breeze 0

Claremont Stars vs. Clovis Sidekicks, no report

L.A. Premier vs. North Bay FC Wave, no report


Pacific-South: 1. Orange County Waves 18 points (26 overall); 2. San Diego SeaLions 18 (27); 3. Ajax America 15 (17); 4. Los Angeles Premier FC 6 (11); 5. Los Al Vikings 3 (6); 6. Claremont Stars 3 (3)

Pacific-North: 1. North Bay FC Wave 17 (24); 2. Bay Area Breeze 13 (18); 3. West Coast Wildkatz 10 (13); 4. California Storm 10 (12); 5. Clovis Sidekicks 3 (9); 6. San Francisco Nighthawks 1 (5)

This week's games (all times Pacific)


San Francisco Nighthawks vs. Bay Area Breeze at Aragon HS (San Mateo), 1 p.m.

Ajax America vs. L.A. Premier FC at Nansen Field (Rolling Hills Estates), 3:30 p.m.

Claremont Stars vs. San Diego SeaLions at Claremont HS, 4 p.m.

Orange County Waves vs. Los Al Vikings at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa), 6 p.m.

California Storm vs. West Coast Wildkatz at Folsom HS, 7 p.m.


San Francisco Nighthawks vs. West Coast Wildkatz at Mustang Complex (Danville), 1 p.m.

San Diego SeaLions vs. Ajax America at Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego), 4 p.m.

L.A. Premier vs. Orange County Waves at La Cañada HS (La Cañada Flintridge), 6 p.m.

Bay Area Breeze vs. Clovis Sidekicks at Dublin HS, 7 p.m.

California Storm vs. North Bay FC Wave at Folson HS, 7 p.m.