Soccer Lady Dragons off to lively start, boys playing in Bay Cities
Senior Selena Caruso controls the ball during the Lady Dragons’ sun-baked home-opening nonleague loss to powerful Maria Carrillo Tuesday afternoon at the high school field.
Since the official opening of the 2011 fall sports seasons just seven days ago, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer girls have been logging more on-field minutes actually facing opponents than practicing for them and have already played five preseason matches against some challenging nonleague teams.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls are under the direction of first-year head coach Julio Leon and assistant coach Martha Ceja, and consist of seniors Annie Studdert, Selena Caruso, Emily Wilber, Maddie Goertzen, Thalia Becerril, Cecilia Corona, Cassidy Hamilton and Danika Hedley; juniors Riley Ellis-Reis, Ashley Vail, Caroline Knef, Halli Dobson, Lindsey Jasperse and Naomi Blinman; sophomores Maria Hawing, Ellen Angeloni, Brena Hamilton, Kirsten Hodgson and Megan Neely; and freshman Monica Ramirez.
In last weekend’s Piner Tournament in Santa Rosa, the Lady Dragons edged host Piner 1-0 in the opener behind Studdert’s goal and Caruso’s assist, before tying Sonoma County League foe Healdsburg 1-1, with Caruso scoring a goal off an assist by Jaspere. Sonoma then battled the North Bay League’s Rancho Cotate to a 1-1 draw, as Studdert scored the goal, which was assisted by Ramirez.
On Tuesday afternoon at the high school field, the Sonoma girls were defeated 6-0 by NBL power Maria Carrillo.
Yesterday, the Lady Dragons played Cardinal Newman, consisting of former student-athlete girls from recently closed Ursuline, with the results not available at presstime.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer boys start their 2011 season competing in the annual Tamalpais/Santa Rosa-hosted annual Bay Cities Invitational, which begins today and wraps up tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 27, in Mill Valley.
The Dragons will next face visiting nonleague Ukiah at 4 p.m. this Wednesday, Aug. 31. at the high school field, before they host fellow Sonoma County League co-champion Analy in their SCL opener on Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. on the high school field.