Tuesday, May 8
U16 nor cal
Youth Soccer: Napa United Under-16 girls reach NorCal State Cup finals

The Napa Valley Soccer Club’s United Under-16 girls celebrate their overtime win on Saturday. Submitted photo

The Napa Valley Soccer Club’s United Under-16 girls scored a golden goal in overtime on Saturday to defeat the Southern Alameda County Northstars and move on to the NorCal State Cup finals.

United scored six minutes into the second half to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit. On a restart from 45 yards out, sweeper Joy Hopkins delivered a short pass to center midfielder Alina Martinez. Martinez one-touched it back to Hopkins, who blasted a long line drive into the upper right-hand corner to tie the game.

United kept the pressure on the Northstars for the rest of the half. Kelsea McIver, Bailey Kiser, Sarah Tracy, Krista Carrillo, Kathryn Johnson and Claudia Torkelson all had or created great chances for United as the game wore on, but stellar saves by the Northstars goalie kept the score tied.

Goalkeeper Marisa Bergin performed to her usual high standard, backed up extremely well by defenders Camille Castro, Korinne Wallace, Amanda Neidlinger and Nico Baila. Midfielders Daisha Paringit, Meghan Perrin and Samantha Schwandt provided valuable support on both the defensive and the offensive ends.

After withstanding a Northstars corner kick at the end of regulation and an early foray into the United end at the beginning of overtime, Napa United put the game away three minutes into the first overtime period. Tracy found Martinez, who one-touched it to center midfielder Rayan Takemoto. After preparing the ball, Takemoto slammed a searing shot past the keeper from 23 yards out to end the game and send the United squad into a jubilant pile-on at midfield.

Trainer and coach Rob Kusel was ecstatic with United’s performance after the game.

“I’m incredibly proud of the team’s execution and attitude today,” he said. “They faced a halftime deficit against a highly talented team and never backed down. Every United player did her part and more to keep us in the game, and in the end, we were able to prevail.”

The championship game against Modesto Ajax Elite will be played today at 1 p.m. at Turlock Sports Complex. Should United win, they will achieve a triple crown: champions of the CCSL Fall League, champions of the NorCal Premier Fall League, and champions of the NorCal State Cup. They will also qualify for the U.S. National Club Championships in Chicago in late July, as well as the Surf Cup in San Diego in August

Story with permission from the Register.

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Thursday, August 4
U13 Boys Win National Championship Game
U13 boys 8-11
Hello everyone,

The U13 Boys captured the National title this morning in the premiere division against Washington's 3-Rivers SC. The boys had a good start going up 2-0, but Washington caught up 2-2. The game went into extra time in which Washington went ahead 3-2, but at the end we tied 3-3. The team ended up going to penalty shootout where we won 4-3.


U13 trophy 8-11

Thursday, August 4
Napa United 16-under squad reaches semifinals in Oregon tourney
Champs 8-11

The Napa Valley Soccer Club’s 16-under United soccer team traveled to Portland, Ore., recently to compete in the Lake Oswego Nike Classic. Left to right, sitting: Daisha Paringit, Bailey Kiser, Yessenia Nolasco, Kathryn Johnson, Rayan Takemoto, Niko Baila, Jessica Douma. Kneeling: Camille Castro, Amanda Neidlinger, Samantha Schwandt, Marisa Bergin, Kelsea McIver, Korinne Wallace, Meghan Perrin. Standing: Coach Rob Kusel, Krista Carillo, Alina Martinez, Taylor Peterson, Sarah Tracy, Joy Hopkins, Maddie Dolan, assistant coach Cornel Baila

The Napa Valley Soccer Club’s 16-under United soccer team traveled to Portland, Ore., recently to compete in the premier division of the Lake Oswego Nike Classic.

In its first match on Friday, United handled FC Portland White 4-0 with two goals from Kathryn Johnson, and one each from Rayan Takemoto and Kelsea McIver.

Sammi Schwandt assisted on two of the goals, while Korinne Wallace assisted on another. Keeper Marisa Bergin and the solid Napa defense, led by Joy Hopkins and Nikko Baila, recorded the shutout.

In its second Friday match, United played Seattle’s Highland Premier Academy and won 3-1.

All of the goals came in the second half, scored by Krista Carillo, Bailey Kiser, and Yessenia Nolasco.

Defensively, Maddie Dolan, Camille Castro and Amanda Neidlinger had solid performances.

Saturday’s game pitted United against the defending Oregon State Cup holders and host team, Oswego Southside Soccer Academy. Both teams having already qualified for the semifinal round, the game was played with great enthusiasm and speed.

OSSA scored first on a 35-yard blast by their left back for a 1-0 halftime lead.

United came out energized in the second half and scored an equalizer off a 28-yard shot by Takemoto to the upper left side.

Alina Martinez assisted on the goal.

OSSA was not to be outdone and scored the winning goal on a 40-yard blast from the same left back, which Bergin deflected onto the crossbar only to be headed in the net by a streaking OSSA forward for a 2-1 win.

In its Sunday semifinal, United faced FC Portland Blue, another high-level premier Oregon side. The game was extremely even throughout.

However, Portland hit a great shot in the first half for a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The second half saw more even play, with Martinez hitting a left foot shot from the top of the box which thumped off the crossbar, denying United the tying goal.

Portland would add on two late second-half goals for a 3-0 victory and a place in the championship.

In the championship match, OSSA beat FC Portland Blue, 3-0.

United coach Rob Kusel was extremely happy with the team’s first outing of the season.

“This was a great test for the 22 players on this team. To travel with parents and family to Portland and accomplish what they did is a great step forward for this team,” he said. “We played attractively throughout and were commended by both the OSSA Portland coaches for having a great team.”

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Monday, January 17
Annual General Meeting of the Napa Youth Soccer League will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Theater at Napa High School

January 12th, 2011

“Updated” Notice and Invitation to all Members of the NYSL and the Select Program (NVSC):

Dear Members,

Please Note: This notice replaces the original notice dated January 1st, 2011.

The Annual General Meeting of the Napa Youth Soccer League will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Theater at Napa High School (Not Vintage).  The Board of Directors of Napa Youth Soccer League (NYSL) invites you to attend the Annual General Meeting and participate in the election of officers of the NYSL.

Nominations are currently open and on-going for the following positions until Sunday night in order to get the nomination(s) on the ballot (we need time to print up the ballots).  If you want to nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission) we invite you to do so at this time by emailing your nomination to the Registrar of NYSL at or calling (707) 226-NYSL.  You can also announce your nomination after the Sunday night deadline or from the floor of the meeting and be a “write-in” candidate.  Elections will be held for the following positions at the meeting:

1.       President

2.       Financial Director

3.       Registrar

4.       Select Program Coordinator

The following individuals have been nominated so far:

 The general membership of NYSL (everyone) may vote the following three positions:

1.       President, Napa Youth Soccer League

A.      Luigi Cervone

B.      Frank Hernandez

C.      (Other Nominees, please let us know by Sunday night)

D.      (Write-in Candidate if after Sunday night)

2.       Financial Director, Napa Youth Soccer League

A.      Glenn Schreuder

B.      (Other Nominees, please let us know by Sunday night)

C.      (Write-in Candidate if after Sunday night) 

3.       Registrar, Napa Youth Soccer League

A.      Andy Szmidt

B.      (Other Nominees, please let us know by Sunday night)

C.      (Write-in Candidate if after Sunday night)


4.       The membership of Napa Valley Soccer Club (NVSC) may vote the following position: Select Program Coordinator (and Committee Chair)  **

A.      Arik Housley

B.      Other Nominees (Please let us know by Sunday night)

C.      (Write-in Candidate if after Sunday night)

** According to the NYSL Bylaws, this position shall be voted on by the League Membership participating in the Select Program (aka NVSC) only.

Finally, all other positions on the Board of Directors of NYSL that are not elected shall be appointed by the President of NYSL subject to the ratification of the other members of the Board of Directors. We ask for your interest in filling one of the following positions on the NYSL Board of Directors currently available for appointment:

·         League Counselor

·         Coach Coordinator

·         Napa-Yountville Coordinator

·         St. Helena Area Coordinator

·         Calistoga Area Coordinator

·         American Canyon Area Coordinator

Description of these positions may be found at Section 1.08.05 of our Bylaws.  We do not expect to appoint these positions at the Annual General Meeting but in the months soon after.  There are many important Non-Board roles beyond those listed here so please let us know if we can count on you to join us in making soccer in Napa the best that it can be!

Notice of Elections for Select Program Committee Positions:

Immediately following the NYSL Annual General Meeting, the newly-elected Select Program Coordinator will hold elections for the following positions of the Select Program committee:

·         First Vice President, US Club

·         Second Vice President, CYSA Director

·         Registrar

·         Treasurer

Nominations for these positions will be heard from the floor if the AGM.

Thank you in advance for your polite, respectful, and positive contribution to the governance of the Napa Youth Soccer League and the NVSC Committee!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):Why should I vote?  Our league depends entirely on people getting involved and helping out; the simplest way to get involved is by voting for the leadership of the league.  In addition, the Board of Directors would greatly appreciate it if you can volunteer your time to our league in a wide variety of ways.

Who can vote in the election?  Any adult “member” of the league such as a parent or guardian, a board member, coach, assistant coach, referee or even a player who is 18 years of age.  Both, parents (or guardians) of a player are permitted to vote in this election.  Aunts, uncles, grandparents cannot vote in this election unless they are your legal guardian(s).

I really want to get involved in the soccer league, where do I start?  Just come to the Annual General Meeting and let someone with the NYSL Board of Directors or the NVSC Select Committee know how you would like to help.  Or if you just want to help in some way but don’t know how, let’s try to figure it out together.

I want to coach or assist, who do I talk to?  You can start by talking to our Coach Coordinator, he or she can help point you in the right direction and get you started.  We value our coaches a great deal and pay the cost of get coaching licenses and we throw a big “after season” dinner party every year in their honor! 

The Board of Directors of NYSL hereby declares the following statement reflects our guiding philosophy:CYSA Mission Statement

“The mission of the California Youth Soccer Association is to serve all children and our communities by providing opportunities that allow each child to grow, learn, mature and succeed by becoming productive adult members of society through the development, promotion, and offering, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin and/or ability, comprehensive community based leagues that offer a complete range of youth soccer opportunities for all children of all ages and abilities.”