Around the West: Heading into the Bye


Sacramento Gold FC is heading into its first bye week of the 2017 NPSL season coming off its shutout win on Saturday. The Gold isn't the only one feeling good abut this past weekend. Here's a recap of last week's games, as well as a look at what's in store this week.

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SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE

OXNARD, Calif. -- Separated by about 50 miles along Highway 101 in adjacent Southern California counties, Oxnard Guerreros FC and City of Angels FC may be natural rivals. Time will tell.

But the two Southwest Conference expansion teams have found initial life in the NPSL difficult this spring, combining for just three points over their first eight matches.

By the time they met Saturday night at Del Sol Park in Oxnard, they looked like teams headed in opposite directions.

Gabi Gonzalez had two goals and two assists, Raul Yepez had two goals and an assist and substitute Alex Garcia had a hat trick as Oxnard punished 10-man City of Angels, 11-1, in the teams’ first meeting.

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(Photo by Joe Curley)

TEMECULA, Calif. -- Temecula FC took all three points from last year's conference champions Albion PROS in a tight 1-0 win.

Temecula FC started fast and physical from the start, putting the ball in behind Albion and creating a few chances right from the start.

After 10 minutes Albion started to settle and grow into the match and hit the crossbar with a flowing move down the left.

That proved to be the one and only effort from Albion in the first half as Temecula FC went down the field and Ryan Brent hit the back of the net from a long throw to end the half 1-0.

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(Photo by Doug Yoder of by design images)

CHINO, Calif. -- FC Arizona extended its undefeated streak to five matches following its 4-1 victory over Corinthians USA on Saturday night.

The victory is now the fourth in row for FC Arizona who are currently second in the Southwest Conference, two points behind Riverside Coras.FC

Arizona scored the opening goal just four minutes into the match on a Ignacio Coba free kick. Ten minutes after this, defender Mo Salama scored his first on the year when he headed a Paul LaMarca corner kick into the net.

In the 34th minute, Alejandro Aguilar scored his second goal in as many matches when he finished off a fantastic sequence from Kenny McAvoy.

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(Photo by Garrett Cleverly/FC Arizona)

IRVINE, Calif. -- The Southern California Sports Club was very close to its third National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) win last Saturday, but the positive result escaped from its hands as Orange County FC made a late comeback and tied the match 3-3 at Portola High School.

“We led the ball possession and controlled game pretty well during most of the game, but unfortunately some situations led to the tie in the end,” said SoCal SC’s Head Coach Daniel Musatti. “We did our job extremely well for 80 minutes, but could have done a little better in the final ten. However, the result doesn’t outshine our good performance and we are still very confident on what our team is doing and can do during this season.”

It was SoCal SC’s first tie in the season, after two wins and two losses. The club is now at the fifth place at the West Southwest Conference standings, with seven points, the same as fourth seeded Temecula FC. Riverside Coras (15), FC Arizona (13) and Orange County FC (11) are the top three teams in the conference.

SoCal SC got an early lead with midfielder Alex Zaragoza scoring his third goal of the season at the third minute mark. At the 35th minute, forward Roonie Moreno, fresh from being selected the Mitre National Player of the Week, converted a PK to make 2-0 to the visitors.

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(Photo by Raul Martinez)

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