Golden Gates Conference
The Western teams in the NPSL, for those unfamiliar, play more regular season games than the rest of the country. So, the numbers will be a bit bigger when it comes to the standings...
Sacramento leads with 16 points and a goal difference of plus-15 after seven matches. They beat Real San Jose 2-0 last time out and get the San Fran Stompers this weekend. Sonoma County is three points back in second. They shut out San Fran 2-0 last week and host CD Aguiluchos. The Stompers are third with 8 points while San Jose and CD each have seven points. Real has the week off since they have already played 8 games this season.
Back on the 10th, the Stompers and CD tied at 1. Greivin Pacheco sent this PK home for the tying goal
((HT: SF Stompers))
The team here in the early going is the Spartans Football Club out of Vancouver, Washington. 6 games, 6 wins, and a goal differential of plus-20. They've scored 6, 5, and 4 goals three times this season. They get to travel to Gorge FC, who are at the bottom of the table at 0-2-4.
Seattle Sporting FC plays Inter United FC in the other division match-up. Seattle are 8 points back of Spartans and 6 ahead of Inter going in.
The biggest match-up last week had the top two teams going at it- FC Force and the San Diego Flash. In the end, it was a 3-1 win for the Force for the Flash's first loss of the season. Here's the last little bit, thanks to Luis Reyes
Flash Head Coach Warren Barton said post-match:
“We went into the match knowing the magnitude and what was at stake, but could not capitalize on our opportunities. We really wanted to leave with a win knowing in the back of our minds the next two matches were not going to be any easier.”
Next up for the Flash is a match against FC Hasental- who come in to the match in Thousand Oaks at 6-0-3 and a matching GD of plus-19. Hasental put on on cellar-dwelling Del Rey City last week and are two points back of San Diego. DRCSC are still winless with a goal difference of minus-26. They play Temecula FC while FC Santa Clarita go to FC Force.