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Blue Heat Defeat Strikers
Fernandes ends season with hat-trick in 4-1 victory

Santa Clarita Blue Heat News Release -

Sunday, July 15, 2012

– The Santa Clarita Blue Heat ended their season on a much needed high note, overcoming the Los Angeles Strikers 4-1, with  Portuguese National Team captain Edite Fernandes scoring three of the four Blue Heat goals. Santa Clarita scored three within the first 11 minutes of the game and never looked back.

Fernandes struck early with an unassisted outside shot in the third minute of play.  Five minutes later, Ana Borges sent a cross to a perfectly positioned Fernandes who notched the second Blue Heat goal.  In the 11th, the Strikers defense committed a foul in the box and Stacey Rodwell finished from the penalty spot for the third goal. 

Up 3-0 at the half, Santa Clarita continued to play with consistency against a strong Strikers challenge.  Fernandes was not finished scoring, however, heading in her third goal of the game off of another Borges cross in the 67th minute.  Leading 4-0  the Strikers continued to press forward and were rewarded late on.  A 90th minute Blue Heat defensive miscue gave Laura Stockdale the lone Strikers goal of the game. 

The Blue Heat end the 2012 season in fifth place in the Western Conference, with Edite Fernandes leading the team with nine of the team’s 25 goals scored against all opponents, including two hat-tricks. 

Santa Clarita will return to W-League action again next summer with the 2013 schedule to be released later this year.  Follow developments in the off season via or the Blue Heat Facebook page at for photos, highlights and updates.

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