U16 Girls NPL Spring Showcase: Preview
Separated by just two points at the top of the standings, one of Marin FC (13 points), FC Elk Grove (12 points), or MVLA (11 points) is assured of coming home with the title. And though they’re currently top of the table, the road appears toughest for Marin FC, who will have to face both Elk Grove and MVLA over the weekend, while the latter two sides each play teams no longer in contention in their quest to win the Champions League.
Because of a disparity in matches played, it’s possible that a winner for this division may not be decided all the way until June 10. But first-place Folsom Lake Earthquakes (12 points), who have a game in hand on all of the other contenders, could end things this weekend with a pair of wins. Sitting one point behind them are San Jose Surf, who play the Earthquakes Saturday and could wrap up the title with a pair of weekend wins, coupled with two Folsom Lake losses. Diablo FC (seven points) and Force North (seven points) could both also take the title, but need two wins and a boatload of help to capture an improbable victory.
The road to a league title is simple for first-place California Odyssey (12 points): win Saturday against second-place SF Elite (10 points). That victory would give the Odyssey the title, but a loss or a draw would mean that the action won’t be decided until Sunday, where Livermore Fusion (seven points) have an outside shot at claiming the NPL 2.
Having gone undefeated in NPL 3 play thus far, first-place MVLA (12 points) will be heavy favorites to win this division, especially as their opponents at the showcase are currently near the bottom of the table. Still, with every side still in contention for a top-four spot that would guarantee NPL qualification in the fall, don’t count out Palo Alto SC (nine points), North Coast FC (nine points), or Davis Legacy (seven points), the latter of which has a game in hand.