U15 Girls NPL Spring Showcase: Recap
FC Elk Grove Platinum
Vision Soccer Club
Three squads finished tied at the top of the table in this division, with each of FC Elk Grove, Vision, and De Anza Force, ending their seasons with 14 points. Because of tiebreakers though, Elk Grove claimed the title, sealing the win with a 0-0 draw against De Anza in the final match of the season. In a slugfest between the two sides, neither could find the winning goal that would have given them all three points — and Force missed a penalty — but a point was enough for Elk Grove, whose plus-10 goal differential was higher than Force’s plus-8. Force ultimately ended up in third place due to tiebreakers, and Elk Grove edged Vision thanks to a 3-0 win Saturday in the Showcase.
Thanks to a 1-0 win over third-place Ethos, Davis Legacy require just a point from their final game to clinch this division after a pair of wins over Force North and Diablo FC during the showcase. While the San Jose Earthquakes currently stand in second with 14 points, they’ve played all seven games, meaning they can’t top the Legacy’s 15 through six games. Ethos, on 10 points through five, are the only side who could potentially catch Davis.
Santa Clara Sporting picked up a big 2-1 victory over SF Elite Academy at the College Showcase to stay in first place in this division with 13 points, but the title race is still controlled by MVLA, who exited the showcase with a perfect 4-0-0 record. The two sides meet Tuesday May 2 in a match that will have huge implications on the title race, but not fully decide it. Third-place San Ramon, on nine points, will hope for a draw between the two sides for an outside chance at overtaking the division.
A pair of victories over Force South and North Coast FC gave the West Coast Warriors the U15 Girls NPL 3 title over the weekend in our College Showcase, even though there are games on the schedule left to play. Still, the race for second place is still on, with San Juan and Pleasanton Rage on 13 and 12 points, respectively. But third place Palo Alto, on 12 points with two games in hand, are the favorites for second, with North Coast FC’s 10 points and two games in hand also in contention.