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July 19, 2016
Blue Heat wrap up west

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.- The Santa Clarita Blue Heat scored the first two goals of the match and then fended off a comeback from the Colorado Pride to take a 4-2 win at The Master’s College Friday night, keeping their title hopes alive.

Santa Clarita (4-1-3) knew they needed the win and started the match on the front foot. Their strong start to the match was rewarded in the 22nd minute. Chloe Castaneda fed Julia Hernandez in on goal and she flicked her shot over the head of Pride goalkeeper Kaylyn Smith for the opening goal. Four minutes later, the Blue Heat were awarded a free kick wide out on the left flank. Kelsey Gudgeon fired her shot on goal inside the far post for the 2-0 lead.

The Pride halved the score in the 38th minute. Colorado got a free kick just outside the penalty area, and Kaitlyn Johnson’s attempt at goal could not be corralled by Santa Clarita keeper JoJo McCaskill. Defender Mykiaa Minniss finished off the rebound.

The visitors tied the score at 2-2 in the 60th minute. Minniss pushed forward in transition and got on the end of a pass from Madison Wiegand Brown to score the equalizing goal. Eight minutes later, the home side got t the game-winner as Hernandez notched her second goal of the match as she headed in Kasandra Massey’s well-fashioned cross. Massey netted the insurance goal in the 86th minute for her team-leading 13th point of the season.

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Aces forced the West title race to go to the conference’s last regular season match of the season on Friday night at Houston Sports Park. Two first half goals powered the hosts over the Colorado Storm (1-5-2), who also had to deal with the ejection of their Head Coach Brian Haynes in the 40th minute .

Houston scored the first goal in the 30th minute, as Gisela Arrieta Bettencourt converted on a pass from Paige Hayward. Two minutes later, Nicole Haimes notched her first tally of the season on an assist from Mariana Diaz Leal Arrellaga.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -Camille Bowen scored in second half stoppage time to give New Jersey Copa F.C. a 3-2 win over the New England Mutiny at West Springfield High School on Saturday night.

Bowen - whose defensive miscue was taken advantage of on New England’s first goal - headed home a Jackie Bruno free kick to redeem her earlier mistake.

The match started out in the Mutiny’s favor and they forced NJCFC into a defensive error in the 9th minute. Abby Sotomayor pressured the Copa defense, and intercepted Bowen’s back pass. The forward dribbled in 1v1 on goal and slotted her shot inside the far post past NJCFC goalkeeper Christiana Ogunsami.

Copa got the eqaulizer in the 49th minute, as Bruno fed league-leading scorer Krystyna Freda in on goal and she skillfully placed her shot past New England keeper Annie Ulliac.

NJCFC went up 2-1 in the 59th minute, as Freda sent in a ball from the right flank and her cross-shot flew over Ulliac into the far side netting. New England defender Jennifer Cafferky gathered the ball after a corner kick and hammered home her shot from close distance inside the upper 90 of the goal for the 2-2 score.

WAYNE, NJ - Jen Andresen scored her first goal of the season to give TSF Academy Valkyries their third victory of the season--al at home, 1-0 at DePaul Catholic High School on Sunday afternoon.

Andersen's goal came in the 23rd minute off an assist by Gladys Loyas, as the Valkyries improved to 3-3-2.
Lancaster goalkeeper Emily Dolan made three first half saves while TSF’s Caitlin Hoffer made four saves in the second half.

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY - The Long Island Rough Riders capitalized on a run of second half goals to defeat the New York Magic 4-1 at Cy Donnelly Stadium on Sunday.

Rough Riders (4-3-2) forward Christina Bellero opened the scoring in the 7th minute with an open-net tap-in. The game remained at 1-0 until the 59th minute, when with her first touch of the game Hope Quinonez played Bellero through on goal as she grabbed her brace. The Saint John’s star now has six goals scored in 2016, good for a tie in third in all of UWS with New Jersey’s Jeanine Nunez.

The Magic knocked (0-8-1) on the door with a late goal in the 80th minute by Carina Subia but the Rough Riders kept the door shut. They responded with goals in the 85th and 88th minute by Erin Neville and Quinonez, respectively, to earn the 4-1 victory and three points. The Rough Riders still have a chance to secure a second-place finish in the East and will end their season on the road against the TSF Academy Valkyries on Wednesday.

HOUSTON, TX - The Colorado Pride played the spoilers Sunday night at the Houston Sports Complex, earning a 2-2 draw to knock the Houston Aces out of the top spot in the UWS west, and handing the division title to the Santa Clarita Blue Heat.

Santa Clarita will take on East champion New Jersey Copa F.C. in the inaugural championship of the UWS.
The Pride’s leading scorer Briana Rohmer netted the equalizer in second-half stoppage time and broke Aces hearts in the 2-2 draw.

Colorado took the lead in the the 21st minute, when Lauren Milliet converted Kaitlyn Johnson’s service into a goal. The Aces tied it in the 41st minute, when after a Pride turnover, Gisela Arrieta Bettencourt fired a 20-yard shot past Ruff for the equalizing goal.

Shortly after halftime in the 51st minute, Houston took the 2-1 lead they needed when a direct kick by Lindsay South Hamner ricocheted off the crossbar and Paige Hayward cleaned up the rebound.

Forward Christina Bellero has been named the UWS East Offensive Player of the Week while defender Erin Neville nabs East Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Bellero opened the scoring in the 7th minute with an open-net tap-in. The game remained at 1-0 until the 59th minute, when the Saint John’s star was fed through on goal and she grabbed her brace. This is Bellero’s second Offensive Player of the Week honor this season. Her two-goal effort in Long Island’s 3-0 win over NJCFC in the season opener was the first. Neville’s insurance goal in the 85th minute shut the door on New York’s attempt at a rally, as they had score just five minutes earlier to make the game 2-1.

Santa Clarita duo Julia Hernandez and Kasandra Massey have been named the UWS West Co-Offensive Players of the Week. Logging all 180 minutes as a defender in both Pride matches over the weekend while also helping to lead the team’s offense, Mykiaa Minniss has been selected as the UWS West Defensive Player of the Week.

On Friday vs. the Pride, the Blue Heat flew out of the gates and took the lead thanks to Hernandez scoring the first goal in the 22nd minute. She would also net the game-winner in the 68th minute. Massey was the one who assisted on the winning goal, as her picture perfect cross set up the UCLA forward’s header. The Santa Clarita veteran would than go on to tally the insurance goal in the 86th minute. The two offensive stars now lead the team in scoring, with Massey’s 13 points (five goals, three assists) on top with Hernandez (five goals, one assist) right behind.

Minniss - a Colorado High School All-State star and product of the Pride Predators Club program - delivered both goals for Colorado against the Blue Heat on Friday, coming off her back line on a set play and then taking advantage of space on a transition to score the team’s second goal. On Sunday in Houston, she started the match at her usual outside back role and finished at center back, making key tackles to keep the match close before her teammates scored the equalizer.
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