Around the West: Goals Abound


Sacramento Gold FC's Sunday afternoon showdown featured seven goals, the most of any matchup in the West Region over the weekend. However, it was far from the only goal fest. Here's a recap of last week's games, as well as a look at what's in store this week.

GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Beautiful Pioneer Stadium was host to the NPSL National Game of the Week on April 8th between the East Bay FC Stompers and Golden Gate Conference newcomers, Napa Valley 1839 FC. The match ended 3-3, with both teams picking up their first point of the season. The game was a hotly contested match with both sides having the lead and the referee showing multiple yellow cards.

The match got off to a quick start. Within minutes, a bad give away at the back from Napa Valley led to the opening goal of the game, when East Bay midfielder Prince Bere intercepted a poorly played back pass. He went in on goal and calmly finished it for the host to take the early 1-0 lead just three minutes into the match.

Napa Valley built their way back into the game following the opening goal, controlling most of the possession for the next ten minutes. However, the next big chance came for the Stompers when a scramble in the box led to a big clearance off the line.

The Stompers would follow this up by doubling the lead in the 28th minute when there was a miscommunication in the back by Napa Valley. This led to another Stompers’ goal, this time by Zanin Mahic as he took advantage of the mistake to make it 2-0.

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(Photo by Donnie Graham/East Bay FCStompers)

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- FC Arizona extended its undefeated streak and shutout streak to four matches following its 6-0 victory over City of Angels FC on Saturday afternoon.T

hrough its first four National Premier Soccer League matches in franchise history, FC Arizona has scored 11 goals and allowed zero goals. The club sits second in the Southwest Conference, two points behind Riverside Coras.

Defender Dom Papa opened up the goal fest just nine minutes into the match from a Paul LaMarca assist. In the 23rd minute, great distribution from Ari Sanchez allowed for a easy Cesar Mexia tap in. Just four minutes after this, Costa Rican international, Alejandro Aguilar, scored his first on the season on a great link up between Kenny McAvoy and Mexia.

McAvoy wrapped up the first half with a goalazo in the 35th minute when he chipped the goalkeeper from 30 yards out.

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(Photo by Garrett Cleverly/FC Arizona)

OXNARD, Calif. -- Orange County FC knew they would be in for a tough match when they paid a visit to Oxnard Guerreros FC on Saturday April 8th but the extremely windy weather and physical play from both teams showed why the game was a battle.

Ten minutes into the match OCFC striker Alessandro Canale received a long ball that hung in the wind from keeper Brandon Hugo Gomez and put his shot past keeper Angel Cervantes to earn his third goal of the season.

OCFC keeper Brandon Hugo Gomez has been one of the many bright spots so far and getting an assist on the stat sheet was perfect.

"Brandon's organization was great," said assistant coach Ernie Richau. "His long balls really took a lot of pressure off us in the back."

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(Photo by Jessica Di Donato/Orange County FC)

POMONA, Calif. -- After two winless weeks, the Southern California Sports Club rebounded as the team rediscovered its winning ways in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) with a dominating 3-0 win over Sports Club Corinthians USA last Saturday at the Fairplex.

Midfielder Alex Zaragoza was the first to find the back of the net against Corinthians USA while Colombian forward Roonie Moreno had a brace to score his first two goals in a SoCal SC’s uniform and take home the Man of the Match award.

With the result, SoCal SC moved two steps up on the Southwest Conference standings and now sits fourth with six points – two wins and two losses. Riverside Coras leads with 15, followed by FC Arizona and Orange County FC with 10 each.

SoCal SC’s reaction after two defeats pleased head coach Daniel Musatti, who praised the players’ attitude change and commitment to the game plan.

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(Photo by Raul Martinez)

In addition, U.S. Soccer announced the First Round matchups and Second Round possibilities for the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. These include three West Region teams and Sacramento's pro soccer club. Fore more info, click here.

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