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Sunday, July 22, 2012

National Premier Soccer League Finial Four is Set


National Premier Soccer Leagues National Finials      
 Finial Four have been decided, the 2012 finials to compete in San Diego beginning Friday July 27th  at  Del Norte High School in San Diego with the Semi finals. representing the East Coast F.C. Sonic's of Lehigh Valley, from the South Chattanooga F.C., in the Midwest the Madison 56ERS and in representing the Western Region the Bay Area Ambassadors. The Semi- Finials will begin on Friday night with a double header, kick off for the first game will be at 5:00pm with the second game following. On Saturday the two teams that lost will play for 3rd place at 7pm on Saturday July 28th. On Sunday the two winners from Friday night will face each other for the National Championship title with game time set for 3:00pm.
The Teams:
The Sonic's finished the season with the best record in the NPSL of  12-1-1
The Madison 56ERS  won their place with a 8-0-3 record
The Chattanooga FC finished with a 4-1-1 record
The Bay Area Ambassadors is representing the Western Region with a 8-3-3 record.
Good Luck to all the teams representing the NPSL .

Note: Sonic (12-1-1), the nation's top-ranked team among NSPL and PDL teams, according to U.S. Soccer Report,

Friday, July 20, 2012

Storm Settles in First Round 3-2

Alex Burkevics Storm keeper
Abel Hindjosa- defender
   Oakland, California- The Game was a typical playoff game with hard aggressive play on both sides, with each side waiting on one mistake in play so they can take advantage of it. It was the Storm striking first in the 15th minute as they had done for much of this season. Martin Galvan brought the ball down the middle of the pitch, seeing midfielder Andes Bueno on the left side, Galvan made a pass to Bueno while he was on the run.
Bueno received the ball at his feet and scored to put the team up by one. However just five minutes later the Ambassadors wanted to show why they were the Northern Conference winners and in the 21st minute Ambassador midfielder picked off a loose ball in midfield and from 25 yards out tied the score with a shot that went by Storm keeper Alex Burkevics.
The Storm responded to the goal with an attack of there own the lead to a foul and a restart 20 yards to the left of the Bay Area goal. The ball went around the wall and was picked up by Martin Galvan who fed the feet of defender and player of                                                    
the game Abel Hindjosa who put his team up by one. That was the second goal for the Storm in the first half and the first 45 ended with a 2-1 lead for the visitors over the Ambassadors.
The Second half is what the Ambassadors needed to regroup. The second half was more intense as time was running out for the Ambassadors and they continued to apply pressure, until the 66th minute of play while defending in the box a foul was called against Storm's midfielder Matt Shaxton that lead to a penalty kick for the Bay Area Ambassadors and that was enough to get the lead and what ended up the wining goal.  The

Ambassadors ended up knocking the Storm out of the 2012 playoffs in the first round of the Western Regional Playoffs. The Ambassadors will go on to face the Sonoma County SOL next week as the Sol knocked off the Southern Conference Champions; the San Diego Flash in a 4-3 win in Penalty kicks. .
 The Santa Clarita Storm ends the season with a 9-3-3 record, 2nd in the South West Conference to the Flash
and is listed by ESPN LA (Scott French) as Sixth in all of Southern California Soccer.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MEN'S TOP SOCCER RANKINGS:
1. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 7-10-2
2. Chivas USA (MLS) 5-7-5
3. Ventura County Fusion (PDL) 10-2-2
4. Los Angeles Blues (USL Pro) 5-8-2
5. San Diego Flash (NPSL) 11-1-2
 

6. FC Santa Clarita Storm (NPSL) 8-3-3 
7. Fullerton Rangers (NPSL) 8-4-2
8. Los Angeles Missioners (PDL) 4-4-7
9. Orange County Blue Star (PDL) 3-6-5
10. Southern California Seahorses (PDL) 3-8-3
11. San Diego Boca (NPSL) 5-6-3
12. FC Hasental (NPSL) 4-8-2
13. Pali Blues (PDL) 2-9-3

Sunday, July 8, 2012

San Diego Flash Record Washed Out in Storms Victory

                                        


4-3
Storm washes out San Diego in a Flash

 Santa Clarita, Ca. - If you looked at the game on paper it's understandable why some made predictions
 For One : Its was a do or die match for the Storm who with a 7-3-3 record
Opponent:: San Diego Flash  with an undefeated record of 11-2-0 best record in the National Premier Soccer league,
Record facing the Flash:.  2011 lost both times facing them one score was 8-1 2012 lost 3-0 in San Diego
 I know where I would of put my money, but everyone must play the 90 minute game before anything is finial.
Things change and change they did, for the Storm it was a couple of different factors, one a new keeper in the net with college experience. Steven Rodriguez has done an excellent job for the storm and got them this far. However with the pressure increasing in a match such as this, Head Coach Jose Meza  choose to go with our number 2 keeper Alex Burkevics  who has college experience and has playoff experience as well.
Martin Galvan Forward
Second change was a healthy Tyler Coombes back and healthy after receiving an injury in the match with the Rangers that has sideline him. Also the return of Jose Ruesga and Robert Hill who both where sitting out because of red card violations. And to secure the midfield Matt Shaxton was healthy after a heel injury suffered in the match two weeks ago with the San Diego Boca.  the return of a few key players brought an unexpected and confidante Flash team a fight. It was in the 26th minute of play when the Storms Midfielder Richard Galvan had possession of the ball and seen an open forward his brother Martin Galvan and slipped a nice little short pass to his feet and Martin  put his foot to it and  kick a through ball shot right passed the keeper to put the Storm on top. Fired up the Storm kept building until 11 minutes later in the 37th minute
Martin Galvan with the ball again but this time seen his counter part on top Tyler Coombes coming up the side and with a pass Coombes took it on the run and with no one but the keeper to stop him on a one on one Coombes made a quick move and shot it pass Nick Harpel the Flash Keeper.
Now with a two goal lead on the division leaders the Storm just kept building and then just 11 minutes later again in the 48th minute of play thunder struck and lightening in the name of Alex Harley  was on the receiving end of yet another pass from Martin Galvan playing out wide Harlley found himself all alone when he received the pass and like the wind took off and again keeper Harpel was alone and facing yet another one on  one that ended the same way and now three goals up at the end of the first half.
    Second half the Storm knew what happen the week before when the Rangers where up on the Flash by one the Flash came back and in a Flash picked up 5 unanswered goals for the comeback win.
Alex Burkevics  player of the match
Well they came out with a purpose the Flash did as they put on more pressure on the Storms midfield and defense. The Storm held solid until seven minutes in the half a foul on the Flash and in the box so a plenty kick was awarded and the lead was cut to only two. For the next 32minutes the Flash has multiple opportunities but to this point all where turned away on some beautiful saves performed by Storms keeper Alex Burkevics. Then in the 84th minute Flash's Ortiz  delivering a corner kick and  midfielder off the bench Jon Sawyer picked it up and sent it pass Burkevics to put his team back in the game and with in only one. the Flash really put the pressure on with over 20 shots in the game most in the second half kept the Storm backed up and defending and in the 88th minute the pressure paid off and Flash's Ortiz already with an assist, took the gall in midfield and  tied the game for the flash.
Tyler Coombes point leader
No heads down in the Storm camp, even with losing a three goal advantage they fought back with pressure of there own. With only a minute to play the Storm knew a tie was not good enough when forward Wayne Lampart, who came in off the bench for Martin Galvan laid a pas to Coombes who found him self alone again and on a breakaway for the third time that night keeper Harpel found himself on the wrong end of  a one on one and Coombes the point leader for the Storm carried his team to the finial minute as he beat Harpel and applied the game winner to the back of the net. the Flash  had a few last minute shots on target but Player of the game keeper Alex Burkevics was not allowing any more pass him, and they didn't.   With the 4-3 win the Storm will now travel to face the First place team in the North the Bay Area Ambassadors in a single game elimination game to play the winners in the south for the Western Regional Championship and will represent the West in the National Championship to be held July 26-29th in San Diego, California.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Soccer Show Down

Penny Lane Night Saturday July 7th 5:00pm, Canyon High 
19300 Nadal St. Canyon Country, Gate open at 4:00pm 
 All proceeds from the game will go to our Foundation Penny Lane. 
Santa Clarita Storm vs San Diego Flash in a must win game to take the last playoff spot in the South West Conference. 
Don't miss the exciting action and with every ticket purchase you are entered in a drawing to win a sign game jersey. 
 Don't miss this one it is the last regular season game and it will be the most exciting to watch. 

 Come be a part of it and help us help the Penny Lane Foundation 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Santa Clarita "STORM": STORM BACK IN THE PLAYOFF RACE WITH 4-2 WIN

Santa Clarita "STORM": STORM BACK IN THE PLAYOFF RACE WITH 4-2 WIN: Santa Clarita, California-  It was the chance to get back in the playoff hunt with 2 games left in the regular season, and only one point se...

STORM BACK IN THE PLAYOFF RACE WITH 4-2 WIN

Santa Clarita, California-  It was the chance to get back in the playoff hunt with 2 games left in the regular season, and only one point separating the Storm from the second place Rangers. Only the top too teams will travel to the playoffs and the Rangers will face the UN-defeated Flash Sunday July 1, Storm took the field knowing this and knowing that the Rangers where the underdog in there game, it was a must win situation to maintain their chance to make the play-offs and regain second place.                                
 The intensity showed as it only took 25 secs for the Storm to put the first goal on the board. with assist from Stephen Martines and Alex Harlley Hany Helmy put his first goal of the season in the net.
Martin Galvan-Forward
The visitors  waiting until the 41st minute and got the opportunity on a penalty kick that was called on the Storm and the Hasental collected the point and even the score. But in the 48th minutes Hasental took the lead with a goal two take the lead. The visitors held that lead until the 59th minute of play when Storms Andres Bueno took advantage of a rebound that came off the keeper and knotted up the score.
Then just two minutes later, Martin Galvan on a run up the left side of the pitch received a pass from Alex Harrley that was an pass from the opposite side of the field and pulled in down on a 1 on 1 with the keeper Galvan beat the keeper and put the Storm up by one. the Insurance goal came in the 75th minute as newly signed Mauricio  Harrie caught a rebound from a shot of Martin Galvan and found the back of the net to insure the win. Martin Galvan was named "Player of the Game" with the game winner in the 61st minute of play.  The Storm will wrap up the regular season next week at Canyon High School as they will take on the San Diego flash who are undefeated at game time today.  The playoff race will come down to the last game of the season, do not miss it you will see exciting soccer and the opportunity for the Storm to make it in to the play offs the first year in Santa Clarita. Game time Saturday is 5pm at Canyon High School
this is also the Storm's Penny Lane night all proceeds will go to the Penny Lane Foundation.
Don't miss it.