June 26, 2012 NPSL INFORMER News and notes from around the league
That's a Wrap---Flash clinch division again
With an 8-0 win over the Phoenix Monsoon over the weekend, the San Diego Flash not only kept their undefeated streak intact, but also clinched the National Premier Soccer League West-Southern Conference Championship title for the second year in a row.
It took the Flash 30 minutes to knock on the door, but once they did, the floodgates opened.
Sergio Valle-Ortiz, playing his first full game after returning from Major League Soccer trials with the San Jose Earthquakes, sent a cross into the box, with 'Dutch' Jock well positioned to put a header in the back of the net.
At minute 37, Danny Ortega scored on an assist by Juan 'Kichi' Perez, and in the 43rd minute, Valle-Ortiz put the game out of reach by scoring unassisted on a 20-yard shot from the middle of the field. The Flash went into the half three goals up.
Just three minutes into the second half, Conor Hearn scored on a corner kick from Danny Ortega and the rout was on. Within 10 minutes of the second half, Zuniga brought the ball up on the right flank and found Andy Ortega for the fifth goal . Ortega then doubled his tally for the night with another goal, assisted by Brennan Tennelle. Zuniga then joined in on the act with his own contribution in the 55th minute. Adrian DuBois then made it 8-0, finishing up a penalty kick.
Ready to host
As winners of the West, the Flash are inching their way closer and closer to the National Premier Soccer League Championships, a 'Final Four' style, three-day event they will host in San Diego from July 26 - 28.
Go the distance
After taking a 2-0 lead, the Galveston Pirates held on for 2-1 win over America USA FC Saturday night. The Bucs got a pair of long distance strikes to take the lead.
A beautiful pass from Cesar Arellano gave Jose Alvarez the opportunity to unleash from 20 yards out and give the America keeper no chance.
Arellano then scored a stunner from 25 yards out fading away from the keeper into the top right corner for what Pirates coach Brendan Keyes called "one of the most spectacular goals in NPSL play this season"
Keeping the sheets clean
FC Sonic goalkeeper Charlie Sales is having a heck of a run. On Sunday, he made four saves against the Atlantic City Crusaders in a 3-0 win. In the first minute of the game he made a terrific save on the initial shot from AC Crusader Adam Williamson then made a quick save on the follow-up.
Sales has not allowed a goal for 520 straight minutes, and has seven shutouts this season, including six in a row, with four of those coming in the road. He also has stopped two PK's in consecutive games (vs. Jr Lone Star & Morris County Colonials). In the June 20th 1-0 win over Morris County, he made eight saves including a PK.
"Charlie's ability to organize the backs in front of him and his daily approach to training,” are among the strengths he brings to FC Sonic, said head coach Dave Weitzman. “He's extremely competitive and he sets the tone for the rest of the team with regard to winning."
Player of the week
Myrtle Beach Mutiny winger Max “the Mooch” Weston has been selected as the National Premier Soccer League Player of the Week for the week ending June 24.
Weston had a goal and the game-winning assist as the Mutiny handed the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves their first loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday. In the 47th minute, Weston staked Myrtle Beach to a 1-0 lead, bringing the ball down the left flank through the Atlanta defense then cutting in toward goal before unleashing a rocket shot into the far corner of the net. In the 76th minute, Weston brought the ball down the opposite side, then dished off to Robert Nosa, who put away the game-winner. Weston also turned in a strong performance on defense, helping shut down the Silverbacks for most of the match.
AFC Cleveland goalkeeper Adrian McAdams made six saves, including a clutch stop in the closing minutes of the match, to salvage a 1-1 draw with Detroit City FC…Morris County Colonials forward Nye Winslow had two goals, both of them 1v1 finishes against the goalkeeper, and an assist in a 6-0 win over Jr. Lone Star on Sunday…FC Sonic goalkeeper Charlie Sales notched his seventh shutout of the season, and sixth in a row, with Sunday’s 3-0 win over the AC Crusaders.