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NorCal NPL Match Day #6

NorCal NPL play continued last weekend with Match Day #6. The first team to clinch a Champions League spot is the Santa Clara Sporting U17 boys, who qualified in style, beating Walnut Creek 6-0. In another U17 match-up, Placer United remains in first place in the NPL East after beating Region 6 rivals Sacramento United, 2-1. On the girls side, Rage ECNL took a major step towards a Champions League spot, moving above the red line with a 3-1 win over Blues FC in the U17 NPL 1 East. Finally, in a U14 NPL 1 West match-up, the top two teams in the division met, with MVLA coming out on top over Force, 4-2. Only two match day weekends remain before the NPL Fall Showcase which takes place on November 19-20.
Barrientos, BarbieriJung 2, Karp, Paulazzo
MVLA upended Force, 4-2, in a top-of-the-table clash for the NPL 1 West division last Saturday at Leland High School. The game began nicely for Force with Brianna Barrientos scoring off an assist by Emma Tovar after only four minutes. Five minutes later, MVLA were quick to respond with Peyton Karp scoring on a free-kick. MVLA then took the lead in the 26th minute when Christina Paulazzo finished off a well placed through ball from Summer Steadman. Just before the half, Stefanie Jung doubled the MVLA lead when she converted from the penalty spot. The momentum continued for MVLA in the second half, as they went up three in the 46th minute, when Jung's deflection from a well placed cross found the back of the net. Force pulled one back late in the game with Alice Barbieri scoring from a long free-kick but it would not be enough as MVLA held on for the 4-2 win.
10/22Sacramento Unitedsac-united
placer-unitedPlacer United
SaulsKikanovic, Finley
Placer United fought back from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory over Sacramento United on Saturday afternoon at Granite Park. After a scoreless first half, Sacramento United was on the board first when Jack Sauls struck in the 60th minute. Benji Kikanovic leveled for Placer from the penalty spot in the 75th minute. With the game level, both teams pressed for a winner and it came for Placer in the 85th minute when Dylan Finley finished off a well placed service from Kikanovic. The win puts Placer United at the top of the NPL 1 East table and in excellent position to qualify for Champions League.
blues-logoBlues FC
Cole 2, RomeroPorter
Rage ECNL took a major step towards a Champions League spot with a 3-1 win over Blues FC on Saturday afternoon at Val Vista. The teams traded chances early in the match before Rage took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute on a goal by Ashley Cole assisted by Faith Chavez. Blues started the second half strong and their effort paid off when Lindsay Porter's goal leveled the game. Rage retook the lead in the 62nd with a goal from Lexi Romero, assisted by Sarah Mirr. The lead was doubled just four minutes later as Cole scored her second of the match off an assist by Nikki Lee. The Rage defense held strong for the remainder of the match to secure the 3-1 win.
10/22Walnut Creekwalnut-creek-soccer-club
sporting logoSanta Clara Sporting
Adam 2, De Las Santos, Avalos Guzman,
Kepp, Fernandez
Santa Clara Sporting became the first team to clinch a Champions League spot thanks to a 6-0 win over Walnut Creek on Saturday afternoon at Arbolado Park. The 2015 NPL National Champions, Sporting, continued their dominance in the NPL 1 West division, scoring early and often. Javier De Las Santos, Angel Avalos Guzman, Jamal Adam, and Harrison Kepp each scored in the first half as Sporting took a large lead into half time. Sporting continued their impressive form in the second half with Adam and Bryce Fernandez each tallying. With the loss, the Champions League prospects for Walnut Creek took a dent, however, they are still within striking distance.