NPL Matchday #9
Here are your NPL games of the week:
U17 Boys NPL South
Elk Grove Soccer – El Dorado Hills Soccer Club
Saturday, 10/22 11:00 a.m. @ Johnson Park
This crucial U17 Boys NPL South contest was postponed.
U19 Girls NPL West
MVLA 4 – Santa Clara Sporting 1
Sunday, 10/23 9:00 a.m. @ Shoreline Athletic Fields
Thanks to a 4-1 victory over Santa Clara Sporting, MVLA are now U19 Girls NPL West champions. Thanks to two goals and two assists from Pilar Vanheusden, MVLA moved to 19 points from seven games. With just one match left to play, the only other side in the league that can equal that 19 point total is Santa Clara Sporting, whom MVLA now have the first tiebreaker over. Reilly Moore and Zoe Wiederhold also scored for the hosts, who still have one game to play for which the result no longer matters.
U19 Boys NPL East
Blues FC 2 – Sacramento United 4
Blues: Bunning, Salem
United: Bergfield, Nye, Abdali, Barajas
Needing a win or a draw to clinch the U19 Boys NPL East title, Blues FC went up early at home thanks to a strike from Angelo Bunning in just the 13th minute of the match. However, Sacramento United came roaring back to keep their championship hopes alive. Jack Bergfield equalized in the 45th minute before Connor Nye scored 11 minutes later to give the visitors the lead. Rahumullah Abdali hit the back of the net in the 71st minute to make it 3-1 before Blues pulled one back through Salamah Salem in the 76th. With both sides pressing for the next goal, Anthony Barajas put the game away in the 81st. Despite the result, Blues still sit atop of the table with 18 points from seven games while Sacramento United have 15 from six.
U17 Girls NPL West
MVLA – Santa Clara Sporting
Sunday, 10/23 3:00 p.m. @ Foothill College Soccer Field – Upper
With most of the games already complete in the U17 Girls NPL West, this weekend’s MVLA – Santa Clara Sporting matchup could very well decide the title. If MVLA win, they will become champions thanks to a perfect record through the first five league games this year. Meanwhile, Santa Clara Sporting could claim the title if they win what is their last contest of the year and other results go their way. Sitting two points behind Sporting and five behind MVLA, Pajaro Valley YSC also has an outside chance at the championship, but will need a host of results to go their way in addition to two victories in their final two games.