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LIGA NorCal Matchday No. 1

El Farolito 2 – San Ramon FC 2

In the opening weekend of LIGA NorCal, NorCal Premier Soccer’s top adult competition, former U.S. Open Cup champions El Farolito drew with San Ramon FC 2-2 in a wild game that featured some of the best amateur players in the state.

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The visitors were led by Jehimy Arias, who scored both goals, while San Ramon got strikes from Gerardo Mendoza and Israel Olivares.

With both sides finishing strong in the NPSL last year, this was NorCal’s inaugural LIGA Game of the Week.

“It was a good match against a good San Ramon team,” said El Farolito manager JP Mujica. “I’m Happy with the performance of our players. This was our first official game together, and the chemistry was great. From the starters and the players who came in. This is a new group of young players, and we are excited to watch them grow as a team and individuals.”

Added San Ramon coach Mani Salinpour: “For only being back for two weeks I though the players played well and they stuck to our game plan. We created a lot of opportunities and was able to score 2 very nice goals one by Gerardo Martinez and one by Israel Olivares, a new player to the team. Also our goalkeeper, Jesus Gomez, made some incredible saves to keep us in the game.”