Team news -- Westlake High product Danny Barrera starts the first playoff game in Ventura County Fusion history. The winner plays the first-place Hollywood United Hitmen Saturday at Palisades High to advance to the PDL quarterfinals. The Fusion have sacrifices co-leading scorer Artur Aghasayan to the bench in favor of a new defensive look.
Fusion starting lineup: 13 Bryan Hill, 26 Dillon Barna, 6 Manny Guzman, 25 Dylan Riley, 18 Adam Smarte, 3 Danny Barrera, 20 Bryan Byrne, 10 Hagop Chirisian, 15 Bedel Guei, 16 Adam Hamilton, 11 Alfonso Motagalvan.
Legends starting lineup: 1 Joe Barton, 19 Joey Franco, 8 Peter Rodriguez, 9 Mike Frandolph, 3 Sean Alvarado, 10 Gabe Farfan, 14 Mike Farfan, 24 Josh Barton, 21 Kyle Nakazawa, 12 Brent Whitfield, 23 Maxwell Griffin.
4th minute -- Fusion winger Bryan Byrne is treated for a slight injury on the field.
5th minute -- An early Fusion corner kick comes to nothing.
7th minute -- Fusion 1, Legends 0: Motagalvan's 25-yard half volley screams past Legends goalkeeper Barton for the first playoff goal in Fusion history.
18th minute -- Fusion 2, Legends 0: Byrne gets to the byline and pulls the ball back for the onrushing Anthony Hamilton to redirect past Barton for an early two-goal lead.
22nd minute -- The Fusion pour on the pressure with its third, fourth and fifth corner kicks of the early going. Motagalvan's bid for a second is deflected just over. Guzman's rebound shot is charged down.
30th minute -- Hamilton comes within inches of making it 3-0. His leaping header from a Byrne cross is just palmed down by Barton in mid air.
31st minute -- The Fusion defense scrambles away the best Legends chance of the game thus far. Bryan Hill made the initial save and Dillion Barna scrambled the rebound away.
45th minute -- Barrera shoots over from 20 yards when he might have had a teammate forward in a better position.
46th minute -- The Fusion replace Chirisian with Sam Nicholson. Seemingly a defensive sub. The Legends take out former Fusion star Gabriel Farfan, replacing him with forward Ernesto Mariscal, who scored the only goal in the Legends 1-0 win here in Ventura Sunday.
57th minute -- Chasing the game, The Legends haven't been able to create many chances against the Fusion. The Fusion have opened the second half carrying the play.
58th minute -- Right on time, Fusion goalkeeper Bryan Hill is called upon to make a big save, using his feet to deflect Kyle Nakazawa's low shot from 10 yards away.
63th minute -- Legends defender Mike Randolph earns a booking for a foul on Danny Barrera.
75th minute -- The Legends nearly pull a goal back, as Brent Whitfield, the third-leading goalscorer in the PDL, rings the post and Nakazawa puts home the rebound. But the offsides' flag nullifies the goal. An angry Manny Bautista races to remonstrate with the referee's assistant.
78th minute -- Fusion 2, Legends 1: Three minutes later, Bautista's low cross bounces around the Fusion area and Whitfield pounces, beating Hill to the loose ball and pulling the Legends within 2-1 with 12 minutes to play.
80th minute -- The Fusion come out of its defensive shell for a chance. Hamilton breaks free for a low 20-yard shot that is pushed aside by Barton.
81st minute -- Hagob Avesian and Matt McManus come on for Byrne and Barrera.
84th minute -- Hamilton and McManus break free for a 2 on 1, but McManus drifts wide into a difficult angle and drags the bid wide.
85th minute -- Former Galaxy defender Mike Randolph breaks up a potential game-clinching Fusion 3 on 2.
88th minute -- Bedel Guei is down injured and Brennan Tennelle comes on for the Fusion midfielder.
89th minute -- Agoura High graduate Sam Myerson is ready to come on for Anthony Hamilton.
90th minute -- McManus is holding the ball up along a Legends corner flag.
There will be five minutes of added time.
91st minute -- The ball glances off Motagalvan right into the path of the PDL's third-leading scorer in the Fusion penalty area, but the Fusion defense is able to handle the situation and close down Brent Whitfield.
93rd minute -- Mariscal lets one fly over from 25 yards. There is a mad scramble to find another ball after two straight errant shots behind Hill's net.
95th minute -- Motagalvan lets a boot fly the entire length of the field.
The Fusion will play Hollywood United Saturday at 3 p.m. at Palisades High in the divisonal finals of the PDL playoffs.