RICHMOND, Va. — They could be described as upstarts or, to use a term popularized in the Bay Area, a startup. No matter what you call them, RVA Football Club didn't behave like meek newcomers Sunday night.
RVA proved to be a rude host to the Sonoma County Sol in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) championship, winning 2-0 at Sports Backers Stadium to capture the title in the team's first season of play.
With RVA up 1-0 midway through the second half on the strength of a Josh Grant goal, the Sol (12-1-3) got past all the levels of the hosts' defense for the only time all night. Cody Martin's shot beat RVA goalkeeper Bill Groben, but bounced harmlessly off the inside of the post before being cleared, ending the Sol's best scoring chance.
"I think we all feel that if that one goes in, we might go on to win the game," Sol coach Vinnie Cortezzo said. "We had a lot of good energy at that point."
Sunday marked the Sol's third trip to the NPSL championship. They won the title in 2009 and lost in the final in 2005.