In a game that was supposed to determine the final playoff spot, El Farolito needed a win while Sacramento only needed a win or a draw. The home team got off to a 1-0 lead and looked to be cruising to victory but Sacramento go the equalizer late in the second half to get the 1-1 draw, possibly clinching a playoff spot
Academica SC needed a win by a score of 9-0 to steal the berth from Sacramento, which in turn ended any hopes for Farolito. In their game against the Stompers at Turlock, they ended up scoring 10 unanswered goals to steal the playoff spot from the Gold and joining San Ramon FC, and conference winners Davis in the postseason tournament.
SF City will make a quick turnaround with a trip to Boxer Stadium against the Glens on Tuesday July 2 6pm kickoff, while Ventura County will remain in San Francisco with a game against the same Glens on Sunday June 30 – 1pm start time.
The Quakes will have a quick turnaround with a match at Stanford against the LA Galaxy on Saturday June 29 7pm kickoff. Houston will continue their road trip to the East Coast against New England on the same day 4:30 pm kickoff.
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.
In Saturday’s playoff game host AFC Hearts took a 2-0 lead, only to have visiting JASA come back to draw even. The game was tied after 90 minutes with the match immediately advancing to penalty kicks. JASA ended up winning that round 4-3.
In a reversal of fortunes from the season opener, Santa Cruz defeats City 3-1. The Breakers scored 3 unanswered goals and held on to the lead. A late own goal in the 89th minute was the only blemish in the clean sheet for the visitors.
Photos including the Instagram feed of the game shots.
Santa Cruz returns home to host Ventura County next Sunday June 23 1pm kickoff time. SF City hits the road to Southern California one last time with a Friday June 21 7pm match at FC Golden State Force, and then Sunday June 23 at the Seahorses 1pm start.
San Ramon completes their season the road to the other side of the hill against the Stompers at Raimondi Field June 22 7:30pm start time. Napa Valley finishes the season at home against Wine Country rival Sonoma County Sol on June 22, and division contender FC Davis on June 29. Both games start at 7pm.
El Farolito has the weekend off before finishing the season back at Boxer on June 29 against the Sacramento Gold noon start time. The Stompers finish the season hosting San Ramon FC on June 22 7:30pm and on the road at Turlock against Academica SC on June 29 6pm.
Right now, we will defer to Doug at the Beautiful Blog for the highlights of the dramatic 4-3 Quakes win over Sacramento. It is always a pleasure to hang out with one of the socca family. Give him a follow at twitter.com/zimpix. We will admit that he takes the better shots. Plus, the Z man is one of the Red Bulls/Metros fans I will jam with.
Summary and set from the 3pointsport spot coming soon.
San Jose is on break until June 26 when they host Houston in league play while Sacramento resumes USL play against the Tulsa Roughnecks on June 22 7pm kickoff. The next Open Cup match for the Quakes will be on the road against LAFC on June 20 at Banc of California Stadium kickoff at 7:30pm.