The Napa Valley 1839 FC men’s soccer team remained unbeaten in the National Premier Soccer League-Golden Gate Conference by beating Academica Soccer Club in Turlock on Saturday, 3-1.
It was a very physical match that was played at Academica Field. Napa Valley 1839 FC is now 2-0-1 on the season. Academica Soccer Club is 1-2.
“In our first meeting, we allowed them to approach our goal a lot. They had at least eight clear opportunities,” said Jorge Lua. “Tonight, we applied what we worked on during the week and minimized (Javier Valdez’s) work in goal. We will tune up during this bye week and work on what we need to be ready for April 7.”
Napa got solid play from defensive outside backs Marco Reyes and Lukas Schubert.
Reyes, making his first start for 1839, and Schubert, who was signed this season as a forward, showed their offensive and defensive qualities.
Schubert scored his first goal of the season in the 24th minute.
Napa received a penalty kick. Bryan Marín placed the ball on the penalty spot, but was denied by Martin Sanchez Jr.
The Academica defense was not able to clear the ball that landed in front of Schubert, who finished it with a hard strike.
Napa Valley 1839 FC head coach Jesus Medina made two changes to begin the second half. Francisco Mendoza and Mike Muniz entered the game and immediately had an impact.
Mendoza got his shot attempt at goal at 10 minutes in and didn’t disappoint, with an explosive shot to the top right corner of the goal after a series of rebounds.
Soon after Napa’s second goal, Academica managed to control the game.
Upon entering the match, midfielder Gerardo Cazares helped improve the midfield for Academica, which took control of the final 20 minutes.
Academica failed to score on a shot attempt in the 80th minute.
Mike Muniz, in his debut, scored off a crossing pass from Max Alvarez and connected on a shot to the back of the net, making it 3-0.
Muniz, a midfielder, played for Mexico’s first division Queretaro FC.
Jose Luis Rodríguez scored for Turlock via a penalty.
Schubert was named by Medina as the “Man of the Match.”
“Every player is willing to work hard. Our finishing was good today, that made the difference,” said Schubert. “We are playing on a decent standard. There is still a lot to improve in. The conference is tight. It will take commitment and dedication to succeed.”
Napa Valley 1839 FC now enters a bye week before returning home to Justin-Siena High School’s Dodd Stadium on April 7 to face El Farolito (1-1-0) of San Francisco.