Sonoma soccer boys, girls drop SCL openers to rival Analy
Ailing Lady Dragons host today, Thursday
Senior Iván Chávez attempts to score off a scissor-kick during the Dragon boys’ SCL-opening loss to fellow co-defending champion Analy on Friday at the high school field.
Wasting no time in continuing their annual battle for the Sonoma County League title, the co-defending champion Sonoma Valley and Analy High School varsity boys’ soccer teams went head-to-head in their 2011 SCL opener Friday afternoon at the high school field.
Early in the first-half the Dragons made an offensive push at the Analy goal, which resulted in a goal by senior Riley Clark and a 1-0 advantage.
But before the half, Sonoma yielded an own-goal and the visiting Tigers benefitted for a 1-1 tie heading into the halftime break.
After falling short of punching in the winning goal in the second-half, Sonoma leaned back on its defense, which continued another impressive battle.
Unfortunately, Analy made a rush of its own at the Dragons, which resulted in a crowded goal-mouth score and an eventual 2-1 win.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer boys’ team – directed by head coach Pedro Merino and assistant coach Mike Linder – consists of seniors Clark, Nester Acevedo, Yair Alvarez, Diego Benítez, Iván Chávez, Javier Figueroa, Francisco Guerrero, Connor Johnston, Rory Johnston, Alex Ochoa, César Pino, Antonio Robles, Frankie Salazar, Jo-Jo Sánchez, Ezequiél Vázquez and Victor Virgen; juniors Stephan Flynn-García, Fidel García, Eric Gonzalez, Connor Grieggs-Demmin, Griffin Hill, Daniel Montes and Pedro Nápoles; and sophomores Andy Chávez and Brian Ruiz.
The Dragon boys hit the SCL road for matches at Healdsburg tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 14, and El Molino in Forestville this Friday, Sept. 16.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls also played Analy in their 2011 SCL season-opener, which took place last Thursday in Sebastopol, with the meeting being the second after both squads battled in the championship game of the Labor Day weekend Eye of the Tiger Tournament in Arcata.
In that match, Sonoma won the tourney title by a 4-3 margin on a penalty kick shootout.
Unfortunately, this time, the visiting Lady Dragons couldn’t find the net and Analy avenged the tournament final loss by tallying two goals for a 2-0 win.
The Sonoma girls will host two SCL matches at 4 p.m. this week on the high school field, with Healdsburg coming to town today and El Molino visiting this Thursday, Sept. 15.