NPL Weekly: March 23-24 Recap
Matchday #2 of the NPL spring season is in the books and what a weekend it was for soccer in Northern California. All across the state, there were comebacks, amazing goals, and exciting team play as teams were able to get a better idea of where they stand among their competition.
Here are your game of the week recaps:
NPL MATCHDAY — U14 Girls Champions League
Pleasanton Rage 1 – California Odyssey 0
Rage Goal: Kenny
Coming into this match, California Odyssey appeared to be the clear favorites, not having lost an NPL match all season in the Champions League. And they would come out of the gate stronger than hosts Pleasanton Rage, creating a multitude of early opportunities. When the game went into the break scoreless, it was only because of stellar goalkeeping from the Rage and a slew of missed opportunities for Odyssey. The longer and longer the match went on, it appeared as if the game would end in. a scoreless draw, with one minute remaining, Rage attacker Lauren Kenny had other ideas. Taking a through ball down, Kenny found herself behind the California defense and chipped the onrushing keeper to give the Rage a 1-0 win and put them on top of the table with 30 points from 13 games.
U17 Girls Champions League
Mustang SC 0 – Folsom Lake Earthquakes 0
Needing a win to get back into contending, the Folsom Lake Earthquakes travelled to Mustang SC with the latter side also hoping for all three points. But in the end, neither side was able to hit the back of the net and the action ended scoreless. The result was slightly better for Mustang, who remain in fourth place in the division on points per game, while Folsom are stuck back in sixth place.
U14 Boys Champions League
MVLA 3 – San Francisco Glens 2
MVLA Goals: Rodarte, Fedronic, Parker
Glens Goals: Lonergan, Howarth
MVLA may have left it until late, but came out of their match against the San Francisco Glens with a 3-2 victory to continue their perfect start to their season. The Glens came out as the stronger side, going up two goals in the first 23 minutes thanks to strikes from Shane Lonergan and Alastair Howarth as the visitors enjoyed a 2-0 lead at the break. But MVLA didn’t give up and got a pair back in the 68th and 69th minutes through Isaac Rodarte and Lucas Fedronic, respectively. Then, with three minutes left, MVLA won a penalty that Kai Parker smashed home to give the hosts a shocking comeback victory.
U15 Boys Champions League
Davis Legacy – Manteca FC
Saturday 3/23, 10:00 a.m. Pod E Field 10