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UPSL Wild West Champions

CCFC bounces back, defeats Pajaro Valley United 6-1

Coming off of a tough loss a week ago at JASA FC in Redwood City, Contra Costa FC returned home to Northgate High School in Walnut Creek and got themselves back on track off of a pair of first half goals by Jonathan Ayala and Brandon Kearney in their 4-1 win over Parajo Valley United, clinching the top-seed in the UPSL’s Wild West Division.

CCFC struck first in the 11th minute as Ayala headed in a second-chance ball off of an initial shot by Navarro inside PVU’s six-yard box. Navarro nearly doubled CCFC’s score just minutes later, but his header just went over the top of the crossbar.

PVU looked to pull even in the 15th minute off of a counter attack, however their run in on goal was routinely stopped by goalkeeper Andrew Konstantino.

Konstantino couldn’t hold PVU out of the net for long. Parajo Valley responded with an equalizer in the 23rd minute, heading in a shot a point-blank range past Konstantino to pull even at 1-1.

CCFC took the lead back in the 33rd minute when Brandon Kearney finished a shot into an open net off of a pass by Ayala at the far post. PVU’s goalkeeper ran in to stop Ayala, leaving Kearney open at the post with nothing but net.

Navarro earned the first goal of his brace at the hour mark, beating PVU’s backline and fighting for the ball before breaking away and finishing his shot in the lower corner of the net, giving CCFC an insurance, third goal. His second of the game came just eight minutes later when he finished a shot into the upper 90, running in on goal.

Ellie Padilla came off of the bench and scored in the 78th minute, extending Contra Costa’s lead to 5-1, and Jesus Ocegueda tapped in an easy second-chance ball at the far post in the 80th minute to give CCFC a commanding 6-1 lead in the final minutes.

The win helps CCFC clinch the top seed in the division, putting them five points clear of second place PVU, who entered Saturday’s game just two points behind Contra Costa in second.

CCFC returns home to Northgate High School next Saturday in the final game of the regular season, taking on Redding Royals FC at 6 p.m.

GOALS:

CCFC 11’ – Jonathan Ayala (assist by Angel Navarro)

PVU 23’

CCFC 33’ – Brandon Kearney (assist by Jonathan Ayala)

CCFC 60’ – Angel Navarro

CCFC 68’ – Angel Navarro

CCFC 78’ – Ellie Padilla

CCFC 80’ – Jesus Ocegueda

 

 

RECORDS:

CCFC: 8w-0d-1L, 24 points, 1st place in Wild West Division

Parajo Valley United: 6w-1d-2L, 19 points, 2nd place in Wild West Division

 

Thank you Jeff Weisinger for the writeup.

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CCFC Trip to Redding proves Successful

Your Contra Costa FC remains undefeated in the UPSL Wild West Division following their 3-0 win over the Redding Royals, who were currently in second place.
Contra Costa FC started out the first half of play with a strong performance in both possession and shot opportunities. Playing as a unit CCFC used the entirety of the pitch playing balls across, shots from the 18 and 1v1 opportunities. It wasn't until mid-way through the first half that Ben Reiter of Contra Costa put the first goal away. Soon thereafter a rocket of a shot by Alexis Martinez put CCFC up 2-0 heading in to half. Not much changed in the second half as another great goal from Luis "Angel" Navarro put the match out of reach.
Your Contra Costa FC takes on another strong opponent, the Oakland Stompers, this upcoming Saturday May 11th.
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Contra Costa FC battles it out with the Hearts

Your Contra Costa FC played against the SF Hearts in a 2-1 battle. CCFC seemed to control the majority of the match through the 75-80th minute of the match until the Hearts got their second wind. Continuous long balls and fast strikers seemed to plague the last 10-15 minutes of the match. The back line was tested over and over again until the Hearts broke through earning a penalty kick. CCFC had numerous missed scoring opportunities but was able to hold off on the late storm.
CCFC hits the road as they travel up to Redding this upcoming weekend on May 4th.
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CCFC vs San Leandro FC

This past Saturday night your Contra Costa FC defeated San Leandro FC by a score of 4-1 to improve their league record to a perfect 3-0 in the UPSL. The match was a tail of two-halves. The first half was a slow feel out process as both teams tried to impose their will on one another. It was until the 45' minute of the first half that Steven Henry put in a free kick sending CCFC up at halftime 1-0. Following a spirited halftime speech by Coach Derricke Brown CCFC came out firing on all cylinders. 3 goals were put in within 15 minutes of play. CCFC never looked back as the final scoreline read 4-1 in Contra Costa's favor.
The next match for CCFC is at home on April 6th against Real San Jose.
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CCFC takes down Chico City, 5-0

Your Contra Costa FC took on the Chico City Rangers in their home UPSL debut winning 5-0. CCFC looked strong as they came out working possession and had opportunities early on but couldn't find the net. It was a goal off the head of Jonathan "Tata" Ayala mid-way through the first half that opened up. CCFC went in to the half up 2-0 and came out from the half firing on all cylinders scoring 3 more.

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CCFC Enters the UPSL Strong…

In the opening match of the 2019 season your Contra Costa FC took on the San Francisco Hearts toppling them 4-0. CCFC came out swinging right out the gates with an intensity that can only come from anticipation, as they have been waiting patiently for their debut. "The team clicked, we played well and strung some really nice combinations together," said Captain Brandon Kearny. CCFC lead the Hearts at half with a 2-0 margin but didn't settle. "We seemed to play well and keep our shape during most of the match. These guys haven't played together much lately so there is a lot we need to work on," said the Director of Player Development Jon Scoles. Goals were put in by Luis "Angel" Navarro, Brandon "BK" Kearny, Eruvey "Jr" Arecta and finally Ben Reiter.
Next Match: Contra Costa FC v Chico City on March 16th @ 6:00pm
Location: Northgate High School
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Club Day

Contra Costa FC held their first Club Day of 2019 this past Saturday, March 2nd. The UPSL Premier roster was split down the middle as a few top Reserve players were called up to join in. Team Crimson took it to Team Gold by a score of 4-1 winning the Functional Soccer Academy Champions League Shirts presented by FitProUSA.
The scoreline was second to the fun and activities that took place before, during and following the match. Functional Soccer Academy's 4v4 Youth 05/06 Boys Championship Teams battled out in a rematch at halftime. Local youth soccer players walked out with the CCFC players for our introduction. Pancoast Pizza of Walnut Creek served some delicious pie as our official CCFC Fan Gear Store was introduced on behalf of Spoken Cloth, our exclusive screen printer.
Your Contra Costa FC takes on SF Hearts in our UPSL debut next Saturday, March 9th, in San Francisco.
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72nd Minute

Another match in the books for your Contra Costa FC as they took a 1-0 victory over Elk Grove Everton FC in Liga NorCal. For the second match in a row rain and wind drastically altered the outcome of the match, as well as dictated the pace of play. CCFC held possession for the majority of the match as opportunity after opportunity seemed to slip by. It wasn't until the 72nd minute that Max Mirner finally found the back of the net as a ball was slotted across the face of the goal. The Elk Grove keeper made a valiant effort but the ball slipped by to put CCFC up 1-0. CCFC never looked back as they maintained possession and continued to earn opportunities on goal.
Up next, your Contra Costa FC takes on Pajaro Valley United at home, February 16th, in a UPSL friendly.
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Contra Costa FC holds on playing with 10 men

The weather was a major factor in last weeks match; however, the elements were not the only thing that caused a rift. In the infancy of the match a CCFC player received a “last man” red card, which made Coach Brown adjust his match tactics rather quickly. Playing down CCFC found a way to play together and put 3 goals in the back of the net. Acoreano never stopped playing and put pressure on CCFC while Konstantino stayed strong in goal. CCFC moves on in the league to host Elk Grove Everton FC this upcoming weekend, Saturday February 9th at 6:00pm.

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CCFC takes down Elk Grove Everton FC to move on in the Playoffs

A tough hard fought battle on the pitch this past weekend as your Contra Costa FC took on Everton FC from Elk Grove. It was clear from the beginning that this was an elimination match for the Copa Cup. Both teams came out with vigor looking to hit the other. Through half the scoreline remained empty as the Elk Grove keeper stood out with some phenomenal saves, which kept CCFC’s numerous opportunities at bay. In the 52nd minute Captain Brandon Kearny was moved up top and dividends were paid immediately. CCFC continued to dominate possession and took shot after shot while the Elk Grove keeper continued to shine throughout the match. The scoreline ended with a 1-0 victory as Elk Grove Everton FC has been eliminated from the Liga NorCal Copa Cup 2019.
Contra Costa FC takes on Academica SC of Turlock on February 23, 2019. Location and time TBD.
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UPSL Announces Contra Costa FC as Western Conference Expansion Team

The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Contra Costa Football Club as a member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.

Based in Concord (Calif.), Contra Costa FC will begin UPSL play in the Western Conference Wild West Division and play its UPSL home games this season at Northgate High School Stadium (425 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598) in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards.

United Premier Soccer League Wild West Division Manager Nick Arellano said, “Contra Costa FC is a well-run club and we think they’ll be a great addition to the already competitive UPSL Wild West Division. The Contra Costa FC staff has assembled a winning organization in Concord, and they are committed to being among the clubs competing for the UPSL 2019 Spring Season Championship.”

Contra Costa FC is owned by Mark Wine, 33, CEO of Functional Muscle Fitness and the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Concord (Calif.)’s De La Salle High School.

Contra Costa FC Owner Mark Wine said, “We feel like it’s the right time for the club. Our biggest goal is to bring a top level Pro Development club to this area. We feel like there’s a need to inspire the youth players that are all around, and give them a place to play as older players and role models to look up to. We need to take the next step up and the UPSL is where we want to be to play a higher level of competition. This is something that we want to do and something that we’ve promised to our players; It’s just one of those moments where we sensed it was the right time for us.”

Contra Costa FC has played in the prestigious NorCal Premier League since its inception in 2015, and claimed the Liga NorCal Copa Cup championship in May 2018.

“A lot of our players come from local youth clubs and that makes us unique because we’re not attached to any one youth club (and) because of that we’ve been able to build a bigger and stronger community,” Wine said. “We have a surrounding community of numerous clubs and we have representations from almost all of them, players which in many cases were the best players from those clubs.”

Gabe Cienfuegos serves as General Manager for Contra Costa FC. Cienfuegos, 34, played collegiately at Belmont (Calif.)’s Notre Dame de Namur University (2005-’06) and is a youth coach at Walnut Creek (Calif.) Surf Soccer Club.

Derricke Brown is Head Coach of Contra Costa FC. Brown played collegiately at Moraga (Calif.)’s St, Mary’s College and is in his eighth season as Head Coach at Concord (Calif.)’s De La Salle HS, where he’s led the boys varsity soccer team to four California Interscholastic Federation section titles in six championship game appearances. Brown also coaches at Walnut Creek (Calif.) Surf SC.

Jon Scoles is the Director of Player Development and serves as an Assistant Coach for Contra Costa FC. The Director of Coaching at Heritage Soccer Club, Scoles also is a Men’s Soccer Coach at Contra Costa Community College.

The club is hosting its next tryout on Jan. 13, 2019, and will announce its upcoming game schedule.

About Contra Costa Football Club

Contra Costa Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Concord, Calif., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Contra Costa FC will begin play in the UPSL Pro Premier.

Founded in 2015, Contra Costa FC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

Contact:
Email: ContraCostaFC@gmail.com
Website: www.contracostafc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/contracostafc
Instagram: @ContraCostaFC
Twitter: @ContraCostaFC

Credit: www.upslsoccer.com

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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.