Napa Valley 1839 FC fell 2-0 to Sacramento Gold FC Saturday after a well-fought match. Despite Napa having a good amount of opportunities throughout the game, they weren’t able to capitalize on important approaches.
When Napa seemed to be dominating the game and creating chances in the first minutes of play, Sacramento then scored their first goal in the 18th minute when Roberto Mendoza found the back of the net. The first half concluded with Sacramento leading Napa by the lone goal.
It seemed to be only a matter of time before Napa got back in the game in the second half, but once again Sacramento would capitalize on mistakes as Matthew Wiesenfarth crossed to the post to find Samuel Gonzalez to put the ball in the net in the 64th minute.
After Napa conceded their second goal, it looked like Sacramento was ready to deliver the third goal of the night by playing direct and knocking on the opposing goal. Goalkeeper Roberto Llamas would come up big for Napa as several great saves would keep the contest close. Captain Adrian Maldonado would also prevent a third goal as he cleared a ball at the goal line with a fantastic bicycle kick.
Napa fought until the end to try and get a goal back. The final ten minutes featured several corners and headers towards goal. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough and the match ended with a 2-0 loss for Napa.
“We are a new team that still needs a lot of work, but I am confident that the team has a lot of ambition and intensity to get better,” Napa Valley 1839 FC head coach Jesus Medina stated after the game.
Medina also asked the fans to “please be patient, the winning days will come” as he thinks the team did well despite some errors here and there, but everything is fixable.
“We are a new team that is still finding our style of play still,” Maldonado concluded. “We are trying our best to represent the people of Napa.” He emphasized that playing at the Napa Memorial Stadium is a dream come true.
Next week Napa Valley 1839 FC head on the road to visit East Bay FC Stompers to be part of their home opener.