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Seahorses Dominate Gauchos, 5-1

June 6, 2004 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - San Diego Gauchos News Release

La Mirada, CA- The Southern California Seahorses soccer team Sunday scored its second consecutive victory over a Pro Soccer League team, routing the San Diego Gauchos, 5-1, at Southwestern College in San Diego.

About 17 hours earlier, the Seahorses had defeated the PSL's Utah Blitzz, 2-0, on the Seahorses' home field in La Mirada. The Seahorses play in the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League. The Blitzz and Gauchos play in the USL's Pro Soccer League. Both leagues are national leagues designed to prepare players for Major League Soccer.

Seahorses forward Dylan Martinez, from Biola University, scored two goals in the first half to help the Seahorses (5-5-0) take a 3-1 lead into halftime. Tony Chang, a forward from San Jose State, added a goal and two assists; and forward Jordan Jones, an Azusa Pacific graduate, had a goal and an assist.

It marked the most goals scored by the Seahorses in a game this season. Their previous high was four goals against the Nevada Wonders on May 23.

After Martinez scored in the 20th minute for a 1-0 lead, the Gauchos (5-6-0) evened the score on a goal by Jorge Macias. But the Seahorses took command in the next 15 minutes with goals by Chang and Martinez.

Jones scored in the 55th minute to make it 4-1 early in the second half and Matt Hess finished the scoring in the 85th minute. Jones has three goals in the past two games.

Goalkeeper Eric Reed continued his outstanding play for the Seahorses, making six saves while playing about 60 minutes. Reed was coming off his first shutout of the season in blanking Utah with nine saves the night before.

The Seahorses return home Saturday, June 12, to play host to the PSL's California Gold at La Habra High School (7:30 p.m.).

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