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Santa Clarita Blue Heat opens season on May 22

Posted: May 18, 2011 2:01 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2011 2:01 p.m.

The ladies of the Santa Clarita Blue Heat FC are excitedly waiting to play their first game of the 2011 W-League season.

By the time the kickoff whistle is blown at 7 p.m. on Sunday night, May 22, at Valencia High School as the Blue Heat face the Victoria Highlanders, every other team in the Western Conference including the Highlanders, one of two W-League expansion teams in the conference, will have already played at least one game.

With four games in the books by Sunday, the Highlanders should prove to be a challenging opponent for the Blue Heat.

This is the second season for this first W-League franchise in the Santa Clarita Valley. Santa Clarita is one of eight teams making up the Western Conference of the United Soccer Leagues W-League, the first and longest-standing women's league in North America and USL's highest level of women's soccer in the United States and Canada.

New Head Coach Fabian Sandoval is optimistic about the Blue Heat's chances for increased success this season.

"We are fortunate to have experienced players from Europe, Mexico and elite U.S. collegiate teams, giving us the opportunity to compete at the highest level against exceptional teams from Canada, Colorado, Seattle and the Los Angeles area," Sandoval said.

The Blue Heat's roster includes such talent as Edite Fernandes (Portugese National Team; Athletico Madrid), Julie Melrose (Rangers FC; Scotland), Shannon Brooks (U20 Guatemalan National Team; North Dakota State University), Anjuli Ladron de Guevara (Mexican National Team; University of Monterrey) and Marky Boyce (Charleston Southern University; two-time Big South Player of the Year).

Players from CSU Northridge, CSU Los Angeles, Fresno State, William Carey University, St. Leo University, University of Michigan, University of Rhode Island and College of the Canyons round out the team.

With the addition of two teams to the Western Conference this season, the SC Blue Heat will now play seven home games in the Santa Clarita Valley with Sunday's inaugural game, which starts at 7 p.m.

Adult admission is $10/person; $5 for youth under 12. In addition, the SC Blue Heat FC has partnered with the SCV Food Pantry and for the first game, four (4) boxes of macaroni and cheese may be contributed in lieu of the price of admission.

To purchase tickets, seasons passes or for additional information, visit the Blue Heat website at


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