PALM COAST, Fla. (Dec. 31, 2015) - The 2015-16 NPL Showcase (Girls) kicked off Dec. 31 at the Indian Trails Sports Complex in Palm Coast, Fla. More than 70 teams are participating in front of about 100 college coaches, all while forming new rivalries against teams from other regions of the country.
Saturday, Jan. 2:
The live-streamed games were among the highlights of the day:
- Connecticut FC United NPL 6, Lake Norman SC 1
- PDA Blues 5, Aztec SC NPL 0
- PDA Impact NPL 2, NEFC 0
- Riverhounds Development Academy 1, FC Stars West NPL 0
Although the weather wasn't as Florida-like as it had been the past two days, the third and final day of the NPL Showcase avoided any storms and significant rainfall. Thanks to all involved with making this showcase a success.
Friday, Jan. 1:
More good weather; more good games. More than 70 teams welcomed 2016 with strong competition.
FC Stars of Mass led the way by gathering a clean sweep with four wins (two U-15 teams) today. StreamSports, the official video provider of the showcase, will live stream four U-17 games tomorrow. Stay tuned to nationalpremierleagues.com to view the games, and "follow" @USClubSoccer on Twitter for live updates.
- Connecticut FC United NPL vs. Lake Norman SC, 8 a.m.
- Aztec SC NPL vs. PDA Blues, 9:45 a.m.
- NEFC vs. PDA Impact NPL, 11:30 a.m.
- FC Stars West NPL vs. Riverhounds Development Academy, 1:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31:
Optimal weather conditions - partly cloudy, temperatures in the 70s and a light breeze - greeted teams playing at every time slot of the day. Games began at 9 a.m. and the final games began at 3 p.m., giving plenty of time for New Year's Eve plans on the Florida coast.
Thirteen games were decided by one goal or ties. Connecticut FC was just one of the clubs that got off to a fast start today, tying its U-15 game and earning victories in the U-16 and U-17 brackets. Boston Breakers also gained two victories and a tie, while the Riverhounds Development Academy proved its mettle with three wins today across all age groups. NEFC's U-17 team, which won a national championship at the 2015 NPL Finals, continued its winning ways against Prince William Courage Thursday morning.
Stay tuned for the recap, and join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NPLShowcase.