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L.A. Wolves FC Defeats L.A. Galaxy OC PSC to Secure Playoff Spot

Wolves FC Scores Twice In First Half En Route to Win at Lake Forest Sport Park
Published Jun 23, 2018

June 23, 2018 – Lake Forest (Calif.) – L.A. Wolves FC’s new look squad has the club back in a familiar position.

New midfielder Albi Skendi had a goal and an assist as L.A. Wolves FC secured a UPSL Pro Premier Western Conference SoCal Division playoff spot with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night over L.A. Galaxy OC PSC at Lake Forest Sports Park.

L.A. Wolves FC Head Coach Felipe Bernal said, “(Skendi) has been with us about a month and he’s starting to get comfortable, and at the same time the players around him are getting an understanding of his abilities. Tonight we let him have the space to operate, and look way he did."

It’s the eighth consecutive season in which L.A. Wolves FC has qualified for the playoffs – a UPSL record – and the win guarantees the club a home playoff game.

L.A. Wolves FC midfielder Carlos Torres said, “This is an important victory for the group. We’re in the playoffs and we’ve got a shot to earn a place in Colorado at the UPSL Championships.”

After a nervy first 10 minutes for both teams, Skendi took a chance and blistered a shot from outside the penalty area. The ball clipped off a heel on its way through a crowd of players and was sent at pace into the back of the net to put to Wolves in front for a 1-0 lead after 12 minutes.

Wolves FC’s 6-foot-4 center mid was involved in the buildup on Wolves FC’s second goal 10 minutes later, moving the ball through the center circle and into the attacking third before passing ahead to the forward group to finish, with Adrian Becerra scoring in the 22nd minute for a 2-0 lead.

Aurelio Partida cleaned up a rebound in the early minutes of the second half for a 3-0 lead as Wolves FC looked to separated itself from L.A. Galaxy OC PSC after the team came into the game tied at 22 points.

Young goalkeeper Larry Sanchez made a sprawling save to keep the game scoreless in the opening minute, had a number of quality saves throughout and held firm until two late goals by L.A. Galaxy OC PSC slipped past.

Robert Morse made the most of a rare appearance in the closing stanza, taking advantage of a turnover and a deft pass from Skendi to score his first goal of the season.

“I had to turn my body to re-direct the ball but it’s fun to get one (a goal) in a big game,” Morse said.

L.A. Wolves FC plays Valley United SC next week in the final game of the UPSL’s 2018 Spring Season. A victory wraps up second place in the division and a first-round bye in the SoCal Division playoffs.

The SoCal Division champion will play the NorCal Division champion in late July to determine the Western Conference representative at the UPSL 2018 Spring Championships in Colorado, Aug. 10-12.

The UPSL 2017 Spring Champions and Supporter’s Shield winners, L.A. Wolves FC has qualified for the UPSL Playoffs in every year of its existence.

L.A. Wolves FC

L.A. Wolves FC are an American Soccer club based in Los Angeles, California. We are named after the Los Angeles Wolves, who played in the United Soccer Association in 1967 and the North American Soccer League in 1968.

L.A. Wolves FC are a charter member for the UPSL (United Premier Soccer League) and has qualified for the First Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three consecutive years (2016-’18). The club also manages a reserve squad and oversees L.A. Wolves FC Youth Soccer Program.

In addition, L.A. Wolves FC participates in the qualifying round for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

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