Sonoma boys topple Casa, girls control, but still fall
Dragon boys host SCL foe Windsor today
Senior Cecilia Corona (middle) battles for the ball as teammate Selena Caruso (back, left) follows the play during the Lady Dragons’ SCL loss to defending champion Casa Grande Tuesday afternoon at the high school field.
Both Sonoma Valley High School’s boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams got off to slow starts in their Sonoma County League matches against longtime rival Casa Grande earlier this week, before taking solid control of the second-half play.
Unfortunately, the Sonoma squads could only manage a split in the outcome.
On Tuesday, the varsity Lady Dragons had a sluggish first 10 minutes of their home soccer match and fell behind, then dominated the majority of the action, but, couldn’t score and ended up falling 2-0 to defending champion Casa Grande.
Then Wednesday night in Petaluma, the Dragon boys fell behind Casa 1-0 midway through the first half, before they responded with a goal by senior Rory Johnston off an assist by senior Iván Chávez to reach a halftime tie. For Chávez, the assist was the first of his assist-hat-trick for the Dragons.
In the second-half, it was all Sonoma, who wore down the Gauchos – fatigued from playing the night before – with senior Diego Benítez scoring a pair of goals off assists by Chávez, and the defense anchored by senior goalie Ezequiél Vázquez shut-down Casa as the Dragons wrapped up a 3-1 victory and fourth straight SCL win.
The Dragon boys host league foe Windsor at 4 p.m. today on the high school field, while the Lady Dragons, who played at Windsor yesterday – results not available at presstime – will host SCL rival Analy at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Arnold Field.