Sacramento Gold FC took care of business with a 2-0 win over Napa Valley 1839 on Saturday. But, they weren't the only team making moves. Here's a recap of last week's games, as well as a look at what's in store this week.
GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE
PETALUMA, Calif. -- Powered by a pair of second-half goals, the Sonoma County Sol defeated East Bay FC 3-1 on Saturday at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, taking three points in the teams' first meeting since Sonoma won their 2016 opening-round playoff match by the same score.
Looking to bounce back from an opening-day loss at CD Aguiluchos USA, the Stompers appeared to still be reading from the same script — once again, two goals after the break ruined a halftime tie, and a late surge of strong possession and fierce attacks was insufficient to earn East Bay FC any gain in the standings.
"We played very good soccer," said Stompers head coach Martin Sierra. "But at the end of the day, goals are what counts."
Sonoma's Diego Lopez put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute with a sharp drive from just inside the top left corner of the penalty area that Stompers goalkeeper Victor Meraz couldn't stop. Sol took the lead for good right at the hour mark when Ryan Rohane charged into the six-yard box and headed home a corner kick.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Albion PROS returned to Mission Bay Stadium after two away games in victorious fashion with a 3-1 defeat of Corinthians USA on April 1.
“We had the early goal and control of the game in the first half … Our guys showed some resilience and we did enough to do what we do [best]. It was a good night,” said Head Coach Ziggy Korytoski.
Game four of the NPSL soccer season featured the return of Matt Clare and Luan Oliveira from the San Diego Sockers. Two new players also made an appearance on the pitch, Tyler Allen from Point Loma Nazarene University and Michael Sauers from San Diego State University. All four players made their first start of the season for the PROS.
Oliveira made his presence known quickly with a goal in minute 21 off an assist from Travis Nicklaw. This goal brought the score to 2-0. The first PROS goal came just two minutes earlier as Felipe Liborio found the back of the net after a pass from Frankie Sanfilippo.
OXNARD, Calif. -- The second home game in Oxnard Guerreros history on Apr. 1 didn’t go according to plan as they fell 2-1 to top of the league Riverside Coras at Del Sol Park.
The Guerreros, who were able to get a win last week against Temecula FC, couldn’t seem to get things going early as a defensive mistake allowed Riversides Cody Shelton to pounce and give the Coras a 1-0 advantage four minutes into the match.
“This is the third game that we have allowed a goal in the first five minutes,” Guerreros assistant coach Paulo Monlleo-Filho said.
The Guerreros were down early, but didn’t give up. Six minutes later Emmanuel “Nana” Ayken received a ball on the left side of the pitch after a well-timed run then proceeded to beat the Riverside defender and play a brilliantly weighted cross into the box. The cross was met by Guerreros striker Eduardo Gonzalez, who placed the shot just beneath the keeper, leveling the game at 1-1 and getting the Guerreros right back into the game.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The conditions were indeed perfect for a shootout in the Valley on Saturday.
OCFC took an early 1-0 lead when striker Alessandro Canale connected on a cross from right back Justice Dverksen after just five minutes. City of Angels wasted no time and took advantage of breakdowns in the OCFC defense to take a surprising 2-1 lead within ten minutes on goals scored by Tarek Nazzal and Byron Rivera.
Orange County FC refused to get pushed around and found the equalizer in the 34th minute when Canale scored his second goal of the match by putting a penalty kick past keeper Jesus Cuellar Jr. OCFC were looking to tighten up on defense in the second half, but two minutes before the hour mark they suddenly made their job harder when midfielder Edward Anthony Morales was sent off for a hard foul.
Fortunately for OCFC, the hosts were also reduced to ten men six minutes later when captain Jovian Amirkiai was sent off after receiving his second yellow card for bringing down Staforde Palmer in the penalty area. The English striker, who had just been fouled, decided to take the kick himself and converted to put OCFC back in front with a 3-2 lead.
TEMECULA, Calif. -- Temecula FC (1-2-1) scored early, battled for the entirety of the match with Southern California Sports Club (1-1-1), and scored again late on to earn a 2-0 victory in their 2017 National Premier Soccer League home opener which doubled as the National Game of the Week in the NPSL.
Coming off a tough start to the season, losing twice and drawing once, the Quails of Temecula went into their home opener in high spirits, looking for the club’s first victory of the 2017 NPSL season. In the lead up to the game, head coach Willie Donachie described the spirit in the team as “very good.”
“It’s difficult after having a bad start, but they are decent people and when you have good people you’ve always got a chance,” continued Donachie. “Today we’re stronger, more hopeful. We’ve got a strong team today, and at home we’re hoping to do well.”
Buoyed by a raucous crowd, Temecula began the match about as well as any match could be started. Good combination play up the left flank between Quails’ Ricardo Gonzalez and Joseph Ciochetto led to an early opportunity for Temecula that was cleared behind So Cal SC’s goal. From the resulting corner kick, center back Steven Lamberta rose highest to power home a header and give Temecula a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game.