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Men's Soccer: Napa Valley 1839 FC edges rival Sol 1-0

By Daniel Morales, 04/24/22, 8:30PM PDT


PETALUMA — With two weeks to ponder a painful first National Premier Soccer League loss, 1839 FC didn’t let its rival make it a losing streak.

Napa Valley made an early penalty kick hold up for a 1-0 victory over host Sonoma County Sol FC at the Petaluma Community Sports Field Complex on Saturday night.

The highly anticipated Wine Country Derby saw nearly 50 traveling supporters of 1839 FC witness the team get back in the win column after a 1-0 defeat to El Farolito in San Francisco on April. 9.

“It definitely feels great to bounce back,” 1839 FC midfielder Luis Mendoza said. “The last result was something we had on our shoulders. We had a chip on our shoulders coming into this game and I feel like we wanted it more this time.”

That was immediately apparent as Napa Valley (3-1) quickly jumped on the offensive and found itself in the opposing goal box with the ball at Luis Mendoza’s feet. Before he could get a shot off, the midfielder was clipped by Sonoma County’s Sebastian Herrera and awarded a penalty just one minute into the contest.

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