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NPL Match Day #7

A clearer picture has been painted in NPL division standings with over 100 games being played over the Match Day #7 weekend. The San Jose Earthquakes kept their Champions League aspirations alive with a 3-0 win over SCC Breakers in the U17 Girls NPL 1 West. In the U19 Girls NPL 1, West Coast Wild have not yet clinched a Champions League spot but are now very close after beating Lamorinda United, 3-1. For boys divisions, EBU Bay Oaks scored a late winner to beat Santa Rosa United, 4-3 in a thrilling U17 Boys contest. Finally, Lamorinda United clinched a Champions League spot, beating Force 3-0, in the the U15 Boys NPL 1 West.
11/5SCC Breakersscc-breakers
San_Jose_Earthquakes_2014.svgSJ Earthquakes
Ferguson, Cowell, Wallace
With both sides needing a victory to keep their Champions League hopes alive, the San Jose Earthquakes went on the road to top SCC Breakers 3-0 in a match-up that was closer than the scoreline indicated. Trailing 1-0 at halftime through a goal from Devin Ferguson, the Breakers pushed numbers forward in attempt to grab an equalizer, but the Earthquakes caught the home side late twice on counter attacks to settle the matter. Tallies from Jane Cowell and Ashley Wallace helped the Earthquakes pull away on the pitch at Santa Cruz High School, giving the away side a fighting chance at a Champions League spot in the NPL 1 West division.
11/5West Coast Wildwest-coast-soccer
lamorinda-club-logoLamorinda United
Gilfoy 2, SheehanClark
Perhaps no team in the NPL 1 C division is enjoying the run of form that West Coast Wild currently is, with the U19 Girls side winning its fifth straight victory this past weekend, a 3-1 result that pushes the Wild ever closer to clinching a spot in the Champions League. The match appeared to be headed for a halftime deadlock after the Wild opened the scoring through Devyn Gilfoy in the 22nd minute with opponents Lamorinda United equalized 13 minutes later. Another goal from Gilfoy, this time to start the second half, gave West Coast the advantage that it needed. Delaine Sheehan put the contest away in the second half for the streaking side at Las Positas College. With the loss, it will be a tough road ahead for Lamorinda United in order to qualify for the Champions League.
11/5EBU Bay Oaksebu
santa-rosa-unitedSanta Rosa United
Cisneros, Daly, Perez, AdeyeyeSchlesinger 2, Perkins
In what was perhaps the game of the weekend, EBU Bay Oaks knocked off Santa Rosa United Saturday in thrilling fashion to move five points clear in the hunt for a spot in the Champions League with a 4-3 victory at the Emeryville Center of Community Life. EBU left it late, not netting a winner until the 90th minute of the game, with Michael Adeyeye tallying in stoppage time to give the hosts all three points on the day. Santa Rosa had earlier led twice in the game with Kurt Schlesinger putting United up 1-0 in the 7th minute and 3-2 in the 52nd. But EBU fought back each time through goals from Christian Cisneros, Ian Daly and Ramses Perez. Calvin Perkins scored the other goal for Santa Rosa, a 29th minute equalizer.
Gennacopulos 2, Guzman
Entering the match with just one point separating the pair in the standings, Lamorinda FC comfortably dispatched Force by a 3-0 scoreline to all-but book a Champions League spot from the NPL 1 West division. Hosting the match at Wilder Field, Lamorinda pressed early and often in order to force its opponents into repeated mistakes, resulting in quality opportunities for the home side. In the end it was standout players Adrian Guzman and Nickolas Gennacopulos who made the difference, with the former scoring the winner in the first half and the latter adding an insurance brace in the second to wrap up the victory.