From June 5. The NPSL returned to play with a match between perennial contenders El Farolito and debutantes Contra Costa FC. The established upstarts from San Francisco came away with a 3-1 win over the Walnut Creek club.
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In the semi-final of the UPSL Wild West Playoffs, JASA Redwood City hosted Contra Costa FC in a win or go home match. There was no scoring in the first half until JASA opened up the goal scoring tally seven minutes into the second half. However, the theatrics were save towards the last 10 minutes plus stoppage time of the match when Contra Costa tied the game by way of a banana kick that veered into the upper left net. JASA came back and regained the league off a short kick into the goal until in the final minutes the Walnut Creek area club tied the game again with a free kick play.
The game went to penalty kicks after 90 minutes, with each team scoring a kick. The one kick by Contra Costa sailed over the post that was reminscent of Roberto Baggio back in the 1994 World Cup final and JASA advances to the final on penalty kicks.
In a battle between the defending Fall champions and the current top team in the league, something needed to give. In a bit of an upset, JASA scored 3 goals to give them a win and handing the visitors their first defeat of the season.
JASA Redwood City now hit the road for their remaining schedule with a road game June 1 at Nevada Coyotes 4pm start time, and return to the Bay Area with a trip to San Francisco to play AFC Hearts on June 8–4pm kickoff. Contra Costa FC return home to play their remaining schedule hosting Pajaro Valley June 1 and Redding Royals a week later at Northgate High School Walnut Creek 5pm kickoff for both games.
The 2019 Spring season kicks off Saturday with games in San Francisco and San Leandro.
JASA Redwood City returns to the fold after winning the Fall title with a match on the road against San Leandro while AFC Hearts will host the Oakland Stompers at City College. Of note: the Stompers will be fielding both an NPSL and UPSL outfit (which is their “B” team).
The Wild West schedule will run from March 2 until June 8-9.
The schedule can be found at upslsoccer.com – search: Western Conference – Wild West Division. Note: Home team listed first.