With a win at the NPL Fall Showcase on Saturday, the Academy 2001 Boys clinched first place in the NPL 2 North division. With a 1-0 win over Heritage SC '01 at the first day of the showcase, they pushed on to 25 points and with an 8-0-1 record that no other team would be able to match with the last round of play on Sunday.
It was an escpecially gratifying win and title for head coach Mauricio Diaz DeLeon as he had just clinched a title with his 2002 Boys team the Saturday before. On that day, the Academy 2002 Boys fought to a 3-1 win over MVLA Napoli 02 Blue to end the season 7-1 in NPL 2 West and atop the table.
Both teams will be moving up to NPL 1 in the spring and welcoming the setp-up in competition. "It was a great season for both teams," said coach Diaz deLeon, "and now we're looking forward to taking ourselves to Surf Cup, playing the kind of terrific competition we expect to see next season in NPL 1."
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