By Napa Valley 1839 FC
Napa Valley 1839 FC hosted Fresno’s California Odyssey SC on Saturday, June 10th at Justin Siena Dodd Stadium. Entering the game, Napa was in second place in the Golden Gate Conference with a 6-2-1 record. Odyssey was looking for a win and would benefit from a FC Arizona loss to help with their playoff push.
750 fans were in attendance for this windy evening game. The game kicked off at 7:00 pm and for the first few minutes, both teams were a bit sloppy as they got settled into the game. By the 10th minute, Napa started creating chances but were unable to score.
That changed in the 14th minute when Luis Velasco sent a through ball to Paris Martins. Then Martins dropped the ball back to Velasco, and after he got a shot off, it deflected back in front of goal. Napa’s leading goal scorer Dario Pavon was there to slot it home to take the 1-0 lead.
Only minutes later, Napa’s Oscar Ortiz broke through and got a one-on-one with the Odyssey goalkeeper, but a great block kept the score at 1-0. Martins grabbed a yellow card for a tactical foul in the 23rd minute.
Ryan Kane appeared to be struggling with a hamstring injury late in the first half. Miguel Lara warmed up and entered the game as a substitute at the halftime break.
In the 48th minute Lara put a beautiful ball at the feet of Pavon. When the keeper came out, Pavon chipped the ball over and into the back of the net for a 2-0 Napa lead. Pavon now leads the league in goals with 14.
Later Lara set up Oscar Ortiz who also chipped the keeper to give Napa a 3-0 lead in the 65th minute. Odyssey got through on a few opportunities throughout the second half, but were unable to finish their chances.
The game finished at 3-0, helping Napa improve to a 7-2-1 record. Alvaro Carreras was recognized as the player of the game for Napa.
Napa will host their first playoff game on Saturday, July 1st at home with a 7:00 pm kickoff. Please visit napavalley1839.com for more information on Napa Valley 1839 FC.
Photo Credit: Don Lex