U17 Girls NPL Fall Showcase Recap
NPL 1 EAST
Champions League Qualifiers
California Odyssey, Central California Soccer Alliance, Ajax United
With four teams in contention for three Champions League spots heading into the weekend, the race at the NPL College Showcase was always going to come down to the wire. The action didn’t disappoint, with California Odyssey (16 points) taking the title after a 1-1 draw against Union Sacramento Saturday and a 2-0 victory against Sacramento United Sunday. With second and third-place sides Central California Soccer Alliance (15 points) and Ajax United (13 points) each only playing once over the weekend, they couldn’t afford to slip up. Neither side did, with CCSA defeating Union 2-1 and Ajax topping Sacramento 1-0 to both clinch spots in the Champions League. Despite two losses, Sacramento United (10 points) snuck into the NPL 1.
NPL 1 WEST
Champions League Qualifiers Teams
MVLA, Mustang, Diablo FC, Marin FC, Pleasanton Rage
Though there is still one game left to play in the NPL 1 West, the result won’t impact the standings after a weekend of quality play in the division. MVLA (22 points) are assured of the title, having drawn just one game all season while posting a plus-30 goal differential. Meanwhile, Mustang SC (16 points), one of the teams with a game still to play are guaranteed a spot in the Champions League despite losing their only match of the weekend, a 4-2 loss to MVLA. Finishing third are Diablo FC (14 points), who earned four points over the weekend, and coming in fourth are Marin FC (13 points), who fell to Diablo Saturday, but rebounded to beat Vision on Sunday to book their spot. Fifth-place Pleasanton Rage (12 points) also booked a spot in the Champions League by picking up a pair of points in hard-fought draws.
NPL 2 NORTH
West Coast Wildfire
With all matches having been played before the showcase, there was nothing up for grabs in the NPL 2 North in Davis this past weekend. West Coast Soccer (21 points) finished the season with a perfect 7-0-0 record to grab one of the two NPL 1 spots, while 12-point Folsom Lake Earthquakes garnered the other. The two NPL 2 slots were granted to Placer United and Walnut Creek after both sides finished with 10 points.
NPL 2 SOUTH
Despite having just one fixture over the weekend, Tahuichi FC (17 points) made the most of their opportunity to qualify for the spring’s NPL 1 by defeating SF United 3-0 on Sunday. The only team that could catch them, second-place San Bruno (15 points), ceded the title to Tahuichi on Saturday by failing to win in a scoreless draw against California Thorns. San Bruno will join the NPL 2 in the spring, while all other sides will play in the NPL 3.