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NorCal NPL Match Day #2

The young NorCal NPL season continued this past weekend with several exciting matches being played. On Saturday, Santa Clara Sporting looked like a team that is serious about returning to the NPL Finals as they beat Force I (4-0) in a U17 Boys NPL 1 West match. Later that afternoon, in the U19 Boys NPL East, Diablo FC made it two wins in two matches, beating Odyssey South, 3-1. On the girls side, Davis Legacy 98 picked up a big 2-0 win over rivals Placer United 98 in the U19 NPL 1 B. Finally, on Sunday, Santa Clara Sporting pulled off the shock result of the weekend as they beat defending champions Force Blue in convincing fashion, 6-2.
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Pedroza, Felix, Avalos, Own Goal
Santa Clara Sporting secured their second consecutive convincing win to start the NPL season beating Force 4-0 on Saturday morning at the Santa Clara Soccer Park. Sporting were on the board early, in the 6th minute, when Rudy Pedroza's strike from twenty-five yards out hit the upper corner. Keeping their foot on the gas, Sporting scored the second in the 25th minute on a tidy finish from Ramon Felix. After holding a 2-0 lead at half, Sporting put things away early in the second half with Gerardo Avalos scoring after five minutes. Things got worse for Force, as they gave away an own goal five minutes from full-time. With the win, Sporting moved into first place on six points and look to be a serious contender to compete for another NPL title.
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9-10Davis Legacy 98davis logo
placer-unitedPlacer United 98
Root, Own Goal
Defending NPL National Champions, Davis Legacy 98, continued their fantastic start to the 2016-17 NPL campaign with a 2-0 win over their Region 6 rival, Placer United 98, this past Saturday at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex. After few chances for either team in the opening period, Davis scored a crucial goal just before the halftime whistle when Mia Root struck from just outside the eighteen off an assist from Sidra Bugsch. Trying to find the equalizer, Placer United began on the front foot in the second half, but were unlucky to go down 2-0 from an own goal. Heavy pressure from Davis striker, Ele Avery, rushed a clearance attempt from the Placer goalkeeper which hit off her own defender and rolled into the Placer net. From there, Davis saw out the remainder of the match, with goalkeeper MacKenzie Hatanake keeping the clean sheet.
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odyssey-southOdyssey South 98
Bedig 2, NavarretteMendoza
Diablo FC moved into first place in the NPL 1 East division with a 3-1 win over Odyssey South on Saturday afternoon at Mount Diablo High School. Justin Bedig opened the scoring in the 17th minute on a 40 yard strike to put Diablo ahead. Kevin Navarrette doubled the lead in the 31st minute from an assist by Juan Carlos Ayala. In the second half, Odyssey South pressed to get back into the game, and cut the lead in half sixteen minutes from time, on a goal by Fernando Mendoza. Seizing the momentum, Odyssey South continued to push forward, but were unable to capitalize. Instead Bedig iced the game with five minutes to play and sealed the Diablo FC victory.
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de-anza-forceForce Blue 98
Cacoyannis, Talancon, Glock, Ascencio,
Mendoza, Chavez
Anderson 2
Santa Clara Sporting 99 turned-the-tables on the defending NorCal NPL Champions, Force 98, on Sunday morning at the Santa Clara Sports Park with a commanding 6-2 win. Sporting scored early and often, with Chloe Cacoyannis opening the scoring in the 16th minute on a 25 yard blast. Five minutes later, after a fine combination play, Belinda Ascencio slipped in Alicia Talancon who finished to give Sporting a 2-0 lead they would hold until half. The second half started with more of the same as Kyllie Glock made an amazing dribbling run before finishing in the low corner. Moments later, Ascencio scored the fourth for Sporting from an assist by Ally Kammerer. In the 70th minute, Joelle Anderson's well place penalty pulled a goal back for Force, however, the momentum was short-lived as Sofie Mendoza scored a minute later to put Sporting in front 5-1. Mendoza then set up a sixth goal, scored by Victoria Chavez. Anderson scored her second of the match for Force to finish off the scoring in the 90th minute but the game was well out of reach at that point.