By Napa Valley 1839 FC
Napa Valley 1839 FC hosted their third home league game on Saturday, June 3rd when they hosted Sacramento Gold at Justin Siena Dodd Stadium.
Over 600 fans were in attendance for the early June game. The majority of the fans were supporting the home team, yet the Sacramento fans made some noise of their own. The game kicked off at 7:00 pm with both teams showing great energy to grab the win. Napa Valley 1839 FC sits in second place with a 4-2 record so far this season. Sacramento was last year’s Golden Gate Conference champion and currently sits in fourth place with a 2-4 record. The last time these two teams met, Napa won 3-1 thanks to two early goals.
After 15 minutes of play, both teams were clearly playing a very organized formation with fairly level possession. Gerardo Mendoza made a great run up the left side and played a ball back across the middle for a calm finish by Dario Pavon in the 39th minute. Napa would keep the 1-0 going into halftime.
Napa Valley continued to attack in second half when Luis Velazco had a shot blocked and the deflection went to the right side of the field. The ball was received by Ivan Sakou who put a cross just inside the six-yard box. Pavon completed his brace with a header in the 57th minute. That was Pavon’s seventh goal in just three games.
In the 66th minute Sacramento Gold was awarded a penalty when one of their players was fouled by Napa Valley 1839 goalkeeper Alex Clewes. Dominic Vegaalban converted the penalty kick to cut Napa’s lead to 2-1.
The final 20 minutes of the game was end to end with both teams having opportunities to score, but the score remaining unchanged. Napa Valley 1839 emerged with a 2-1 win, giving them two wins over Sacramento this season.
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Photo Credit: Don Lex