Posted On March 16, 2014 by PUSC
Last weekend, three Placer United boys teams traveled to the NPL National College Showcase held in Henderson, Las Vegas, and three boys and two girls Placer United teams traveled down to the South Bay to play in the Norcal Spring College Showcase.
Out in sunny Las Vegas, there were about twenty five college coaches attending the first NPL National Showcase. Our U16, U17 and U18 boys all faced strong opposition from teams who came to play from across the U.S. The U17 boys won all three showcase games, beating Las Vegas Premier 3-2, Tynecastle 2-0, and a very strong southern California team, LAFC 3-0, to take first place. The U16 boys won their first two games beating Colorado Storm 4-0, Texas Dynamos 3-0, and then tied against Sporting Kansas City to finish third overall. The U18 boys had a tough time in the first two games losing 1-0 to the Chicago Sockers and 2-1 to the Madison 49ers, but bounced back in the last game to win 1-0 over a strong Scott Gallagher team.
Back in northern California, games were also taking place in front of college coaches at various locations throughout Redwood City.
The U17B White team won the overall points championship in the Gold group posting four straight wins with no goals against. They defeated Marin FC Red 2-0, Livermore 1-0, Bend FC from Oregon 3-0, and Orchard Valley 1-0.
The U14G White team reached the finals of the event after three straight wins. They defeated the Alpine Strikers 5-0 and Bullard 2-0. In the semi-finals, the girls beat the ACC Mavericks 2-0. In the final, the girls lost to a very strong Boise Nationals team from Idaho, 3-1.
The U15B Red team went 1-1-1 in group play. They tied Marin FC Blue 1-1, lost to Stockton Storm 2-1 and then rebounded with a 3-0 win over Santa Clara Sporting. That put them in a tie for points with the Cal Odyssey Earthquakes to make it to the next round. The teams went to the penalty spot to decide who moved on and Placer came up on the short end.
The U16G White had a good weekend with four straight draws. The girls created many scoring chances but could not convert. They drew 0-0 with MVLA, SF Seals, and the West Valley Legends. They also had a 1-1 draw with Castro Valley.
The U15G White played some good soccer this weekend. They had one draw and two narrow defeats. They drew 0-0 with Union City, a 1-0 loss to Fusion and a 2-0 loss to Athletico Santa Rosa.
Congrats to all of the Placer United teams on a fantastic weekend!