NPL Match Day #3
While the first two weeks of the NPL season have seen teams find their form and get things organized with possible new teammates, Matchday #3 represents a time in which everyone has settled in and knows who and what they are. By the time the dust settles at the end of the weekend, players and coaches should have a better idea of where they stand with one eye looking towards possible Champions League qualification.
Saturday, September 16th
U19 GIRLS NPL 1 B
10:00 AM: Palo Alto Blue 99 vs Livermore Fusion @ Cubberley
While neither of these sides competed in the U19 Champions League last year, both have a decent amount of pedigree coming into what will be their opening match of the season this weekend. Palo Alto SC played in the U19 NPL 1 last year and won it with an impressive 7-0-0 record, while Livermore Fusion finished just one point off the mark in the U17 Girls NPL Champions League.
U17 BOYS NPL 1 SOUTH
11:00 AM: Ballistic United Premier vs Palo Alto Blue @ Val Vista
Looking at goal differentials, these two teams appear to be nearly identical in the early workings of the NPL season — Ballistic United have scored five and allowed three, while Palo Alto SC have scored four and allowed three. But the standings tell a different story as Ballistic sits in second place behind the powerful Lamorinda, while Palo Alto have split the difference in their two games and stand three points behind the group leaders.
U16 BOYS NPL 1 NORTH
1:30 PM: Sacramento United Reds vs Atletico Santa Rosa @ Granite Regional Park
Two weekends ago, Sacramento United opened their season with a big 3-0 win over EBU Bay Oaks, but were forced to take the following two weekends off league play, possibly bringing into question how good their form will be. United will find out quickly just how good they are as they face first place Atletico Santa Rosa, who sit atop the table with six points from eight goals scored and just one allowed in two games.
Sunday, September 17th
U19 GIRLS NPL 1 C
3:00 PM: Pleasanton Rage ECNL vs West Coast Wild
After finishing last year in third place in the U19 NPL Champions League, West Coast Soccer come into this year as one of the favorites for the title. They started off their quest for a championship in fine fashion, with a 2-0 win over MVLA. Meanwhile, the Pleasanton Rage are just opening their season this weekend and will look to improve on a fifth place finish in last year’s U17 Girls NPL Champions League.