We’re six matchdays into the season and the action is picking up all across the state as some teams fight for league titles, while others hope to avoid a relegation battle. As always, points are at a premium for every squad competing this weekend.
Here are your NPL/ECNL-RL games of the week:
U15 Girls ECNL-RL
Association Football Club
San Juan South
Thanks to a dominating performance, San Juan South bolstered their title aspirations with a 3-0 away win at Association Football Club this past weekend. Alessandra Barajas bookended the game with goals 15 minutes in and 15 minutes from time, while Madison Van Exel also hit the back of the net in the 20th minute. Makayla Spencer was also influential and provided two assists in the match.
U19 Boys NPL 1
Palo Alto SC
Turlock Academica Jrs
In a back and forth matchup that featured three penalties and a late winner, Palo Alto Soccer Club narrowly edged Turlock Academica Jrs via a 3-2 scoreline. The hosts opened the scoring in just the seventh minute on an unassisted strike from Andres Moreno before Turlock took the lead on penalties from Khristian Rubio and Adrian Cisneros. Down to 10 men after a Palo Alto player was sent off, the Bay Area side scored again through Moreno in the 85th minute before Moreno fed Alessandro Callioni for the winning goal in the 88th.
U16 Boys ECNL-RL
In a top of the table matchup in the U16 Boys ECNL-RL, SF United and Stanford Strikers shared the points after drawing 1-1. The match was scoreless until late in the second half when Stanford's Lucas Shotts found Idel Rueda in the 61st minute for the go ahead goal. While the visitors were able to hold onto the lead for a while, it didn't ultimately last as Marcus Mitchell scored just seven minutes from time to earn SF United a point.
U16 Girls ECNL-RL
De Anza Force
Walnut Creek Surf
Walnut Creek Surf continued their perfect start to the season Sunday, hitting the road to down De Anza Force via a 3-0 scoreline to move to nine points on three games. Three different players hit the back of the net for the visitors with Ava Jara, Amaya Reese, and Isabella Meric all scoring for Surf.