NorCal NPL Fall Showcase Recap: U16 Boys
NPL 1 EAST
Champions League Qualifiers
Turlock Tornados, Davis Legacy, Union Sacramento, Sacramento United
Coming into the showcase with a whopping eight of 10 teams still alive for Champions League qualification, it wasn’t until the final whistle sounded Sunday that each team knew its Spring fate. Turlock Tornados secured four points over the weekend to come away with the title. They’ll be joined in the Champions League by Davis Legacy Red, Union Sacramento and Sacramento United. Placer United missed out on the CL via head-to-head tiebreaker, having fallen to FC Elk Grove 2-1 on Saturday before rebounding Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Odyssey South. Still, it wasn’t enough, as despite Sac United losing 4-2 to Turlock on Sunday, Davis Legacy scored a late goal to beat Monarcas Academy to put Sac United through.
NPL 1 WEST
San Jose Earthquakes
Champions League Qualifiers Teams
San Jose Earthquakes, El Camino Real Salinas, Atletico Santa Rosa, Palo Alto Blue
Though they fell to then second place Atletico Santa Rosa 2-1 on Saturday, San Jose Earthquakes captured the division title with a wild 7-4 victory over Marin FC Blue Sunday in a match in contention for game of the weekend. Atletico could have claimed the championship with a win Sunday, but fell 2-1 to EC Real Salinas Galaxy, who finished in second place with an undefeated 6-0-3 record. Palo Alto SC claimed the final Champions League spot, beating out fifth-place Lamorinda via a head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to Palo Alto’s 1-0 victory between the two sides Sunday.
NPL 2 NORTH
SF Elite Academy
Despite falling to Star Academy FC I by a 2-0 scoreline on Sunday, SF Elite Academy claimed the NPL 2 North title and qualified for the spring’s NPL 1 by virtue of a 1-0 victory over Heritage SC Saturday. Both Star and third-place Mavericks Black went 2-0 during the weekend to qualify for the NPL 2.
NPL 2 SOUTH
SACYSL California Northstars
SACYSL California Northstars may have opened up a chance for another team to garner the title after losing to De Anza Force Saturday by a 2-1 scoreline, but a 3-2 victory over California Odyssey SC Sunday, coupled with De Anza’s 1-1 draw against Atlas Academy Merced gave SACYSL the title and a spot in the NPL 1. The draw gave Atlas a spot in the NPL 2 where they’ll join De Anza in the spring.