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2016-17 NorCal State Cup Round of 16 Recap

With a fierce storm raging all throughout Northern California late in the week, conditions for the State Cup’s Round of 16 games at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex were always going to be tough for the players. But even a muddy playing surface, couldn’t dampen the mood of NorCal’s elite, and the game action failed to suffer as many matches went down to the wire in the race for the coveted State Cup title.

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Overall, it was a good weekend at every age group for a few of Northern California’s strongest clubs.

On the boys side, Santa Clara Sporting swept all of their games, with the club’s U-15, U-16, U-17, and U-19 sides each advancing to the quarterfinals. Atletico Santa Rosa (U-14, U-15, and U-16) and Turlock FC (U-14, U-15, and U-16) each also enjoyed quality outings, with all three of their remaining teams advancing. Sacramento United led the way with the most boys teams involved, with all five playing a part, but only the U-14 and U-15 squads advancing. Meanwhile, the game of the week goes out to the contest between Napa Soccer Academy and Blues FC in the U-15 division, as Napa held off an upset bid by the Blues to win 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation and overtime.

On the girls side of the action, Davis Legacy proved to be the standard bearer, winning all five of their round of 16 match-ups, with U-14, U-15, U-16, and two U-19 sides advancing. Just behind the Legacy were Marin FC, who won three of their five matches (U-15, U-16, and U-19), as well as Santa Clara Sporting, who had five teams involved, and advanced in the U-19 and U-16 divisions. The game of the week for the girls was Lamorinda vs. Central California Soccer Alliance, where Lamorinda held CCSA off in penalties after scoring a dramatic equalizer in the final minute of overtime to bring the game’s scoreline to 2-2.

The winners of each game advance to the following round of the State Cup: the quarterfinals, which will take place May 6 and 7. From then out, remaining teams will play each weekend, culminating in the championship games, which will be held at Cosumnes River College on May 20 and 21.

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