U16 Boys NPL Spring Showcase: Recap
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Atletico Santa Rosa Bayern
Though they still had a game left to play Sunday afternoon, a 3-1 win over Davis Legacy secured the U16 Boys Champions League title for the San Jose Earthquakes, who led by four points heading into the final day after second-place Atletico Santa Rosa drew 2-2 with the Turlock Tornados. Santa Rosa crushed the Earthquakes 3-0 on the final matchday, dropping San Jose’s record to 6-1-0 in the Champions League, but it didn’t matter as the Quakes enthusiastically celebrated their title on NorCal’s award stage with blue smoke bombs. The Legacy finished third in this division, winning a head-to-head tiebreaker over fourth-place ECFC Galaxy.
While there were eight high-quality matches played in this division at the College Showcase, the champion won’t be decided until a few weeks from now, with first-place Lamorinda SC (4-0-1) taking on third-place Santa Clara Sporting (4-1-0) likely deciding the division title race with their May 14 match. Second-place SF Elite (4-2-1) oddly cannot win the division as Lamorinda defeated them by a 1-0 scoreline on the first day of the showcase, and Elite are finished playing games, while Lamorinda and Santa Clara each have two to go.
Though there is still one game left to play in this division, Star Academy wrapped it up over the weekend with a pair of 3-2 victories, beating FC Elk Grove Saturday and Atlas Academy Merced Sunday. The division was never really in question as Star captured it via a four-point margin, with second-place Juventus finishing ahead of third-place FC Elk Grove by that same amount of goals.
With identical 5-1-1 records, not much separated California Odyssey with East Bay United in the U16 Boys NPL 3. Well, not much other than the Odyssey’s 2-0 win over East Bay United that gave them the tiebreaker. Still, the Odyssey didn’t control their own destiny heading into their final game on Sunday of the College Showcase — they needed to win and to have East Bay lose or draw. California had no problem with their task, thrashing Santa Rosa United 5-0, while East Bay could only muster a scoreless draw against Heritage SC.