In their only meeting between two crossbay rivals, JASA Redwood City took the lead with 3 early goals in the first half, only to have the Stompers chip away at the lead before halftime with 3 of their own. With both teams held scoreless in the second half, both teams played to a 3-3 draw.
Olympic Club continued their qualifying run with a 4-2 win over the Oakland Stompers at the Beach Chalet in San Francisco. The match was their second straight tournament win for the SFSFL outfit over a UPSL club having defeated JASA Redwood City last month on the road.
The Stompers will finish their schedule with a road game to Turlock at Academica SC on Saturday June 29 at 6pm. San Ramon FC finishes their debut NPSL season and will await their playoff opponent, pending the outcome of El Farolito v Sacramento Gold on June 29.
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.
In a game that was postponed a week earlier due to the teams’ participation in the US Open Cup, and in addition to the poor air quality caused by the recent Northern California wildfires, JASA Redwood City and the Oakland Stompers finally have their game to determine placement in the division. The match was dominated by Redwood City with three unanswered goals to give them a 3-1 win. A late Stompers goal off the free kick in the second half was the consolation in ruining the shutout for the home team. The 90 minutes were dominated by some very chippy and animated play from both sides. However, it was home team that prevailed in the return leg that saw them draw even last month.
With the win JASA clinches the UPSL Western Conference Wild West South Division and complete their regular season slate with a perfect 5 wins and 3 draws (18 points). The Stompers, currently in second place with 2 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses (9 points) still have a chance at second place when they meet San Ramon Tuesday night November 27 at 9pm at Raimondi Park in a makeup date from November 10. Simple win for Oakland would mean the second spot in the post-season. The rest of the UPSL division schedule has been unconfirmed, but only the Stompers and JASA have completed their slate of matches, with the US Open Cup third round game and their league make-up game to go.
In a blowout game that was dominated by physical play, the Oakland Stompers put their mark with a 6-0 win over San Leandro United FC. The goals were from Zahnin Mahic off a penalty kick, two from Burlingame Dragons alum Khaled Arma–all in the first half, with another three in the second half from Michael Molinari, Fire/Sporting KC/USA U23 alum Benji Joya, and Gustavo Tavera-Rico to cap off the barrage.
The win was the first for the Stompers who still have the fourth spot (5 points) in the Wild West South Division with 1 win, 2 losses, and 1 draw while San Leandro still holds third place (6) points with 1 win, 2 losses, and 3 draws. JASA and Real San Jose still hold the top and second spots respectively pending other results.
Both teams will face off against Real San Jose in their next match. The Stompers head down the road to play at the PAL Stadium next Saturday November 3, while San Leandro will wait two weeks to resume play and will host the South Bay club on November 10 at Burrell Field. Up the road at the same time at Raimondi Park the Stompers will host San Ramon Dynamos.
Of note: due to the Stompers and JASA Redwood City playing in the third round of the US Open Cup the weekend of November 17, their league match will be rescheduled at a date to be announced. That game could come down to post-season rank. Stay tuned to the site for the new date and time.
In UPSL play the Stompers and JASA played to a 1-1 draw at Raimondi Park. JASA got off to the early lead with an early goal at the 30th minute, only to be drawn even with a goal by Benji Joya in the 32nd minute. His resume includes stops at Santos Laguna and Necaxa in Mexico, and Sporting Kansas City and Chicago in MLS. He also has played for the USA for the U20s in 2013 with the likes of DeAndre Yedlin, Luis Gil. Jose Villarreal, Kellyn Acosta, Wil Trapp, and Zach Steffen.
With the draw the Stompers are yet to win a match but have only 1 loss and 2 draws while placing fourth out of five teams in the Western Conference Wild West South Division. JASA Redwood City has a hold on first place in the division with an undefeated record of 2 wins, no losses, and 2 draws.
The Stompers will continue US Open Cup play against Real San Jose at Raimondi Park on Saturday October 20 at 7 and resume UPSL league play hosting San Leandro United the week after on October 27 7:30pm. JASA also will be continuing their US Open Cup run hosting Napa Sporting SC at Sequoia High School but resume league play hosting San Leandro United at Red Morton Community Park Bechet Field on Sunday October 21 at 5pm.