NorCal NPL Fall Showcase Recap: U16 Girls
NPL 1 EAST
Champions League Qualifiers
Davis Legacy, Pleasanton Rage, Lamorinda United, Mustang, Diablo FC
Davis Legacy Red came into the weekend with the title already wrapped up, but with two victories (5-0 over Mustang SC NPL Academy and 4-1 against Lamorinda United SC) saw the Legacy finish with a perfect 9-0-0 record and incredible plus-26 goal differential. Lamorinda entered their final match days also having clinched a Champions League berth, but ousted then-contender Central California Soccer Alliance 3-1 before their Legacy loss. That loss allowed Pleasanton to sneak into second place ahead of Lamorinda after close victories against Diablo FC (1-0) and Central California (2-0). The remaining two spots were claimed by Mustang SC and Diablo FC, who each picked up 2-1 wins Sunday after falling on Saturday.
NPL 1 WEST
Champions League Qualifiers
Force, Marin FC, SF Elite
Force picked up a pair of victories on the weekend, but didn’t have to as they had already clinched the division, leaving most of the action to come down to the remaining two Champions League spots. Marin FC booked their spot via a 2-0 win over Juventus SC Black Saturday, but the third berth went down to the wire after Force defeated SF Elite Academy Saturday. Academy needed a win to ensure qualification Sunday and were rewarded with a 2-1 victory to finish three points clear of fourth-place Santa Clara Sporting.
NPL 2 EAST
Union Sacramento FC
Already assured of an NPL 1 spot, Union Sacramento FC continued their fine run of form by posting a 2-0 victory over California Odyssey that gave them an 11-point lead at the top of the table to end the season. Despite coming into the weekend four points off the mark, Sacramento United surprisingly clinched the division’s only NPL 2 spot with a 5-0 victory over Impact Green and a decisive 2-0 win over San Juan Spirits Blue. Everything went United’s way this weekend as they needed the Spirits and Odyssey to draw each other Saturday to have any chance of finishing in second place, and the pair of teams obliged with a 0-0 result.
NPL 2 WEST
Castro Valley United
With just six points separating first and seventh place heading into the weekend, Castro Valley United leapfrogged Vision Academy to top the table and garner the only NPL 1 spot for the spring. Castro Valley did have a game in hand on Vision, meaning they controlled their own destiny though, and they made no mistake with a 7-1 victory over San Ramon NPL Saturday, followed by a title-clinching 1-0 win over De Anza Force North Sunday. Vision did all they could, finishing second after a 1-0 result against PSV Union FC, who dropped to fifth place but still qualified for the NPL 2. Joining PSV and Vision are third-place PAC San Jose and fourth-place Livermore Fusion SC.