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Week 9 – Fuego Clinch Central Pacific Title

By AARON CRANFORD -, 07/04/16, 9:15AM EDT


Fuego clinch division title; Tucson wins PDL Game of the Week

Photo by Fresno Fuego

While FC Tucson topped LA Laguna FC in the PDL Game of the Week on Sunday, the Fresno Fuego became the first team to clinch a division title on Saturday.

Thanks to a finish by Alvaro Nogales, the Fuego clinched the Central Pacific Division title after Burlingame Dragons FC and the BYU Cougars played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday.

Here are several Week 9 results that stood out among the rest:

Fresno Fuego 1, Southern California Seahorses 0: The Fuego extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, and clinched the Central Pacific crown at Chukchansi Park on Saturday. Nogales scored the game's only goal, blasting in a shot after Milton Blanco played a low cross into the box. The PDL's leading goalscorer, Christian Chaney, nearly scored his 14th goal of the season in the second half, but Seahorses goalkeeper Vincent Morales made a spectacular save to deny him.

FC Tucson 3, LA Laguna FC 1: University of Louisville's Tate Schmitt set the tone with a goal inside the first minute of the game, and he scored the eventual game-winner in the second half to maintain Tucson's unbeaten record. LA Laguna's Hansel Sical scored from well outside the box to level the scoreline in the first half, but Schmitt blasted in the winner in the 54th minute. Tucson's Afonso Pinheiro scored an insurance goal in the 66th minute, as both sides finished with 10 men.

Reading United AC 4, Baltimore Bohemians 0: Reading United came through when it mattered most on Saturday. With first place in the Mid Atlantic Division on the line, Paul MarieRayane BoukemiaFrantzdy Pierrot and Bradley Fountain all scored in the convincing result.

“Very solid performance all the way around," Reading United Head Coach Stephen Hogan said. "A great start where we scored straightaway off Paul Marie’s fantastic finish and we just continued on.

“We’re starting to become very professional. Before we came out today, there was a lot of focus. Less chatting and laughing, they knew they had to get a response because we lost to Red Bull the other night. We did it, we came out strong and it was a fantastic win.”

Week 9 Results
Monday, June 27

Saint Louis FC U-23 1 - 5 OKC Energy U23

Tuesday, June 28
Des Moines Menace 0 - 1 Chicago Fire U-23
Palm Beach Suns FC 0 - 2 IMG Academy Bradenton
Michigan Bucks 4 - 1 Derby City Rovers
FC Tucson 4 - 2 LA Laguna FC

Wednesday, June 29
Dayton Dutch Lions 2 - 2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23
The Villages SC 2 - 3 SW Florida Adrenaline
FC Miami City 2 - 3 South Florida Surf
Reading United AC 0 - 1 New York Red Bulls U23
SC United Bantams 2 - 1 Peachtree City MOBA
FC Boston 0 - 2 Long Island Rough Riders
Ventura County Fusion 1 - 0 Southern California Seahorses
Sounders FC U23 0 - 1 Kitsap Pumas
Portland Timbers U-23s 1 - 0 Lane United FC

Thursday, June 30
St. Louis Lions 1 - 1 Saint Louis FC U-23
South Georgia Tormenta FC 3 - 2 West Virginia Chaos
BYU Cougars 0 - 2 Fresno Fuego

Friday, July 1
Lehigh Valley United Sonic 1 - 3 Ocean City Nor'easters
FC Golden State Force 6 - 0 OC Blues U23
Des Moines Menace 0 - 2 Kokomo Mantis FC
Michigan Bucks 3 - 2 K-W United FC
The Villages SC 4 - 2 Palm Beach Suns FC
AC Connecticut 2 - 3 GPS Portland Phoenix
Seacoast United Phantoms 2 - 2 Western Mass Pioneers

Saturday, July 2
FC Miami City 2 - 2 Floridians F.C.
IMG Academy Bradenton 3 - 1 SW Florida Adrenaline
Thunder Bay Chill 4 - 0 St. Louis Lions
Westchester Flames 1 - 0 FC Boston
Des Moines Menace 2 - 0 Kokomo Mantis FC
BYU Cougars 1 - 1 Burlingame Dragons FC
Baltimore Bohemians 0 - 4 Reading United AC
South Georgia Tormenta FC 1 - 2 Southern West Virginia King's Warriors
Dayton Dutch Lions 1 - 4 Derby City Rovers
Tri-Cities Otters 1 - 3 West Virginia Chaos
Ventura County Fusion 1 - 1 San Diego Zest FC
Mississippi Brilla FC 1 - 1 Peachtree City MOBA
Saint Louis FC U-23 0 - 3 Midland/Odessa Sockers FC
Las Vegas Mobsters 0 - 2 Albuquerque Sol F.C.
Southern California Seahorses 0 - 1 Fresno Fuego

Sunday, July 3
Long Island Rough Riders 2 - 4 AC Connecticut
Sounders FC U23 1 - 0 Victoria Highlanders FC
New York Red Bulls U23 1 - 5 Ocean City Nor'easters
LA Laguna FC 1 - 3 FC Tucson

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