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NPL Weekly: November 9-10 Recap

It’s officially down to crunch time here in the National Premier League as just two weeks remain before the NPL Fall College Showcase, due to take place in Davis (girls) and Modesto (boys). Now more than ever, teams all across the state need points and will be up against stiff competition. Here are your game of the week Recaps:



NPL Matchday

U14 Boys NPL 1 West

Barcelona Bay Area 3 – Elite Soccer Orange 1

Goalscorers: Barcelona: Trung Le, Menjivar, own goal

Elite: Gomez

In a fluid, attacking game in which both teams had a plethora of chances, Barcelona Bay Area proved to be the better side on the night, defeating Elite Soccer Orange via 3-1 scoreline. Despite dominating much of the early play, the hosts didn’t find an opener until the 38th minute, when Tin Trung Le struck from distance on a shot that took a nasty bounce off of the slick turf surface. Barcelona then doubled their lead in the 56th minute after good interplay on the right side of the field found Leonardo Menjivar near the top of the box. And while Elite’s Jose Gomez scored with a volley to cut the scoreline to 2-1, an own goal for Elite two minutes from time sealed the result.

Key Matches

U15 Boys NPL 1 West

Atletico Santa Rosa 3 – San Francisco Glens 2

Goalscorers: Atletico: Contreres, Rui, Pardo 

Glens:  Mojabi, Bermudez

Despite being down at halftime 2-1 thanks to San Francisco Glens goals from Karman Mojabi and Bryan Bermudez, Atletico Santa Rosa stayed in this crucial matchup due to their own first half goal from Jose Angel Contreres. After the break, ASR came out on the strong foot and would eventually tie the game through a well-taken chipped goal from Kevin Rui before Jonathan Pardo’s header gave the hosts all three points.

U15 Girls Champions League

California Odyssey  4 – Palo Alto SC 0

Goalscorers: Odyssey: Torres (4)

While soccer is a team game, sometimes a special player steps up and makes all the difference in the world. That was the case this past weekend as California Odyssey defeated Palo Alto SC 4-0 thanks to four goals from Daisy Torres. The creative fulcrum of the team scored in the 28th, 48th, 54th, and 71st minutes to give the Odyssey all three points in a match they needed to win in order to keep up with other contenders at the top of the table.

U19 Girls NPL 2

Star Academy 4 – Impact SC 2

Goalscorers: Star: Phan (2), Peglar, Potter

Impact: Gutierrez

Coming into the match with four wins from four games, Star Academy improved their record with a 4-2 victory over Impact SC to remain perfect on the season. The star on the day was Sam Phan, who hit for a brace, while teammates Grace Peglar and Lillian Potter also added goals for the hosts. Meanwhile, Alexis Gutierrez was up to the task for Impact as she scored a brace as well, but it wasn’t enough to get Impact any points in the process.