Sonoma soccer boys, girls sweep past SCL El Mo, Sonoma’s Conner runs to Nike win
Lady Dragon netters fall, host today
Junior Riley Ellis-Reis glides toward the goal during the Lady Dragons’ heartbreaking SCL loss to Healdsburg last Tuesday afternoon at the high school field.
Making it two shutouts in a row on the Sonoma County League road for Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity soccer boys, who followed up their blanking of Healdsburg last Wednesday with a 3-0 victor over El Molino in Forestville on Friday.
Leading the Dragons were senior goalie Ezequiél Vázquez and two more stellar efforts by the defense and midfielders, and a goal scored each by seniors Javier Figueroa, Rory Johnston and Iván Chávez.
The Dragon boys have a Wednesday bye before hosting longtime SCL rival Petaluma at 4 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 23, at the high school field.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls were in command of another SCL match, but, this time, they registered a win, instead of dropping a heartbreaker to Healdsburg after dominating last Tuesday’s game.
On Thursday, the Lady Dragons took out their frustrations on visiting El Molino with a rousing 6-2 victory at the high school field.
Fueling Sonoma’s scoring rout were freshman Monica Ramirez’s two goals; a goal each by seniors Cecilia Corona and Emily Wilber – with the standout goalie leaving the goal-box to tally a score – and juniors Caroline Knef and Halli Dobson; and an assist apiece by senior Thalia Becerril, juniors Riley Ellis-Reis and Ashley Vail, and sophomores Maria Hawing and Brena Hamilton.
The Lady Dragons have a bye today before playing at longtime SCL rival Petaluma this Thursday night, Sept. 22.
Sonoma’s senior cross country standout Alex Conner turned in another sparkling early season performance by winning Saturday’s prestigious De La Salle/Carondelet Nike Invitational at Newhall Park in Concord, which featured 238 finishers from 35 teams.
Conner covered the three-mile course in an impressive time of 15 minutes, 31.7 seconds.
The Dragons were also paced by sophomore Christian Martinez’s 94th-place in 17:37.7; senior Steven Wedell’s 120th in 17:56.3; sophomore Keegan Ginter’s 38th in 19:22.1; and junior Liam Casey’s 232nd in 21:08.
Sonoma’s tennis girls ran into not just another strong SCL opponent last Thursday, but defending champion Casa Grande, which handed them a 6-1 defeat in Petaluma.
Earning the Lady Dragons’ lone win were sophomore Michelle Stovall and freshman Annie Morgan, who beat Rachel Insull and Racio Ramirez 1-6, 6-4 (11-9) at No. 3 doubles.
Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were junior Courtney Struthers by scores of 3-6, 3-6 to Laura Lewczyk at No. 1 singles; junior Jessica Johnston’s 3-6, 6-4, 5-7 to Jessica Azevedo at No. 2 singles;
junior Anna Robles’ 3-6, 6-4, 1-6 to Shannon Singer at No. 3 singles; junior Francesca Stornaiuoio’s 2-6, 1-6 to Adena Marom at No. 4 singles; senior Corinne Labitzke’s and junior Regina Mellinger’s 3-6, 2-6 to Nicole Potts and Marie Pier Frigon at No. 1 doubles; and senior Sophie Howard’s and frosh Cecilia Montano’s 5-7, 2-6 to Melanie Halligan and Taylor Doran at No. 3 doubles.
In exhibition doubles matches for Sonoma, senior McKenzie Lawrence and junior Jessica Marioni were winners, while junior Lindsey Slack and sophomore Ava Gonzales, and juniors Tove Ekman and Dolma Sherpa were edged.
The Lady Dragons host SCL foe Healdsburg at 3:30 p.m. today on the high school courts.