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NorCal NPL Match Day #5

With the conclusion of Match Day #5, the NPL Fall season has now hit the midway point.

Girl's divisions have been more competitive this season than in past years with multiple teams still in contention for league titles and Champions League spots. One such division is the U19 Girls NPL 1 A, which saw a pair of Champions League hopefuls, Placer United 99 and Davis Legacy 99 play to a 1-1 draw. In the U16 NPL 1 West division, a late goal from Sporting salvaged a point in a 1-1 draw with Marin FC.

The boys divisions have also been wide open with most games having the chance to go either way. One such game this past weekend saw Force South outlast Tottenham East Bay, 4-2, in a key U14 NPL 1 West match. In a tight U17 NPL 1 East division, Sacramento United picked up an impressive 4-0 win over Monarcas.
10/8Sacramento Unitedsac-united
Sacramento United picked up an important 4-0 win over Monarcas Academy on Saturday afternoon at Granite Park. Sac United opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Christo Cervantes' cross found Jack Sauls, whose header found the back of the net. In the 25th minute, Sauls doubled the lead giving Sac United a 2-0 lead until halftime. In the second half, Monarcas started strong, creating several chances to get back into the game but their finishing let them down. Sac United made them pay for their missed opportunities in the 71st minute, as after a slick build up, Sauls finished his hat-trick with a well struck goal from the top of the box. In the 80th minute, Cervantes put the game on ice scoring from close range after Monarcas gave the ball away in build up as Sac United closed out the win.
10/8SC Sportingsporting logo
marin-fcMarin FC
In a match up of teams atop the NPL 1 West table, Marin FC and Santa Clara Sporting played to a 1-1 draw this past Saturday afternoon at Santa Clara Soccer Park. Marin FC opened the scoring after only three minutes when Grace Bouton used her body to put a Callie Jones corner kick into the back of the net. Marin FC held the lead for the majority of the game, however, Santa Clara Sporting continually pressed for the equalizer. The tying goal finally came in the final minutes of the match with Alyssa Tinoco scoring the equalizer for Sporting in the 78th minute.
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davis logoDavis Legacy 99
A long standing rivalry with Champions League spots on the line ended 1-1 when Placer United 99 and Davis Legacy 99 met Saturday evening at Del Oro High School. In a back-and-forth contest, Placer United opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Teagan Matye took a shot from just inside the box and the Davis GK, Donya Airola, made a great save parrying the ball wide, however, Placer forward Rachel Roche was following the shot and was able to tuck away the rebound. In the 43rd minute, the Davis defense created a turnover in the middle third and countered quickly with a through ball to Ari Coronado. As Placer goalkeeper Maleah Milner was cutting down the angle on a breakaway, Coronado showed great composure and chipped the ball into the back of the net from twenty yards out. The second half saw both teams pressing for the winner but the the goal never came and the teams had to settle for a share of the points.
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10/9Force Southde-anza-force
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Force South took over first place in the NPL 1 West by beating Tottenham East Bay, 4-2, on Sunday morning at San Martin Field. The teams traded goals in the first twenty minutes with Carson Zarate striking for Force South in the 14th minute and Fynn Hayton-Ruffner scoring for Tottenham in the 19th minute. The game remained level until the 61st minute when a goal by Nicholas Laidlaw put Force South back in the lead. Mwinso Denkabe doubled the lead moments later before Laidlaw scored his second goal of the match in the 68th minute putting Force South up 4-1. Spurs kept fighting as Adolfo Yoc-Masatz converted a penalty with three minutes to play, however, that was as close as Spurs could get as Force South held on for the win.