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The #1 Wild West Division Seed, CCFC

June 29, 2019 at 6:00pm Contra Costa FC took on JASA of Redwood City in a UPSL Playoff Match up.

The #1 Wild West Division Seed, CCFC, was just ranked as the #4 team in the UPSL. JASA was the Wild West Division winner of the Spring Season in 2018 and had beaten CCFC earlier in the UPSL Fall Season at home. The scene was set, the suspense was building and both teams were hungry looking to advance to the next round.
The match started out back and forth throughout the first twenty minutes as both teams looked to gain the possession advantage. JASA looked to control the ball with pace and push out of their back line. CCFC looked to move quickly during transition while playing through their wings. The first half moved back and forth as both Keepers made it tough for each team to score.
As the match progressed towards the end of the first half CCFC got in rhythm and seemed to be knocking at the door with missed opportunities. Johnathan "Tata" Ayala had a few good looks atop the 18 that sailed inches from a first goal. The JASA keeper seemed to find a way to get his hand on a few balls as the CCFC attack led by Eli Padilla and Luis "Angel" Navarro increased.
41st minute of play a ball played across the 6 found its way on to left backs Steven Henry's foot as he put CCFC up 1-0 heading in to halftime.
The second half seemed to be an organized assault followed by counters from both teams. Possession leaned towards CCFC as they kept JASA from scoring. Andrew Konstantino, CCFC's Goal Keeper, made a few Sports Center worthy saves to keep CCFC up 1-0. In the 80' minute of play Luis "Angel" Navarro took a long rebound the distance of the pitch as he blew past two JASA players. A left footed crack struck the top of the cross bar as this would have locked in CCFC's victory.
From the 85' to the 94' minute of the match JASA tried to push as CCFC held strong defensively anchored down by Isaiah Dargan, Nic Bob and Brandon Kearny. A last minute breakaway by Missael Hernandez, although unsuccessful, sealed the deal for CCFC as the ball never made it past half field again.
Contra Costa FC has moved on to the next round by beating JASA of Redwood City with a final score of 1-0. They take on Pajaro Valley United on July 6, 2019 at 6:00pm.
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CCFC Summer Camp

CCFC player Nic Bob having a chat with campers during their snack time. The first week is in the books but there is still  seven weeks available. Click Here to Register

This soccer camp offers skill training, soccer games, and small-sided competition in a safe and nurturing environment. This camp is an excellent way for all young soccer players to spend their school break having lots of fun while developing soccer skills along the way.

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Contra Costa Football Club wins UPSL playoff debut 5-1

One down, two to go. The UPSL Wild West DIvision champion Contra Costa Football Club defeated Real San Jose 3-1 at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, highlighted by a pair of open-net, second half goals by Brandon Kearney and Eli Padilla.

Contra Costa played the aggressor throughout the first half, however Real San Jose’s goalkeeper stopped the first several attempts by CCFC in the first quarter hour.

Contra goalkeeper Andrew Constantino faced little pressure early in the first half on breakaways from Real San Jose, but was able to make the clearances just out of his box.

Real San Jose’s goalkeeper came up with a huge stop at the post in the 16th minute, as Santiago Alejandro hit a perfect volley low at the post, however RSJ’s goalkeeper made the highlight-worthy save.

CCFC struck first on the scoreboard just two minutes later when Alejandro fired a shot off of a free kick that struck the far post and into the back of the net, putting Contra up 1-0.

Real San Jose pulled even at 1-1 just after the half-hour mark as they broke away from the Contra backline and fired past Constantino into the back of the net. Contra nearly responded just minutes later, however Padilla’s shot from distance went just over the crossbar.

They nearly pulled ahead in the first half again in the 35th minute when Luis Navarro nearly beat RSJ’s backline to a ball heading toward the net, however RSJ’s goalkeeper beat Navarro to the ball, making the save and parrying the ball away at the top of the box.

Contra pulled ahead early in the second half on a pair of open-net goals by Brandon Kearney in the 47th minute and by Padilla in the 55th minute. Kearney tapped in his goal on a second chance off of a cross for CCFC, and Padilla headed in his goal after a frantic sequence inside the RSJ six-yard box.

RSJ nearly pulled back a goal in the 57th minute, chipping Constantino just past his six-yard box, however, Kearney was there to prevent the goal, clearing the ball at the line.

Contra put the game away in the 81st minute as Navarro headed in a cross in front of the net, putting Contra up 4-1, and Steven Henry curled in a goal in the 85th minute to extend the score 5-1.

CCFC plays the winner of the AFC Hearts - JASA FC match in the next round of the playoffs at home on Saturday, June 29th at 6 p.m.