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NPL Weekly: October 19-20 Recap

After a slew of games in September and October, there are precious few NPL matchdays left on the season. And this past weekend teams all across the state had the opportunity to stake their claims to move up the table and get into pole position ahead of November’s Fall College Showcase. Here are your game of the week recaps:

NPL SCHEDULES AND RESULTS


NPL MATCHDAY

U19 Girls Champions League

EBU Bay Oaks 0 – Marin FC 4

Marin FC Scorers: Carroll, Martin, Evans, Altman

Despite coming into the game clear at the top of the table, Marin FC were given an early challenge by EBU Bay Oaks. Early play was back-and-forth and it wasn’t until Olivia Carroll’s near post shot hit the back of the Bay Oak net in the 29th minute that the momentum began to switch for either team. After both teams hit the crossbar, Taylor Martin doubled Marin’s advantage in the 55th minute after latching onto a loose ball before Jenna Evans and Margarat Altman both scored late to round out a 4-0 victory.


KEY MATCHES

U15 Girls NPL 2

Elk Grove Soccer 2 – Sacramento United 3

Sac United Scorers: Romo (2), own goal
Elk Grove Scorers: Ledesma, Nguyen

Coming in as the favorites, first-place Sacramento United were given a scare an early scare against Elk Grove Soccer as Elizabeth Ledesma scored early to put the hosts up 1-0. But United proved why they’re at the top of the table, with Micaela Romo scoring a brace to take a lead after an Elk Grove allowed an own goal as well. Geneva Nguyen also scored for the hosts, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 3-2.


U16 Boys NPL 1 East

San Juan SC 1 – Davis Legacy 4

Davis Scorer: Guerra (2), Ruiz, Gray
San Juan Scorer: Moll

While San Juan scored first in this game through Josh Moll, Davis Legacy were quick to get back in it on the road, with Rigo Guerra leveling up the game in the 32nd minute with one of his two goals on the night. The game then stayed at a deadlock all the way until the 68th minute, where the Legacy scored three times in six minutes through another Guerra strike and goals from Daniel Ruiz and Michael Gray.


U17 Boys NPL 1 North

Heritage SC 3 – California Odyssey 1

Heritage Scorer: Villegas (3)
Odyssey Scorer: Huerta

In a matchup against two top-of-the table sides, Heritage SC’s Justin Villegas made the difference in downing a strong California Odyssey side in a 3-1 victory. Villegas scored in the 37th, 50th, and 87th minute to give his side a valuable three points, while visitors California could only manage a 43rd minute strike from Andrew Huerta.