SCL all-league for soccer Dragons
17 boys, girls honored; 1st-team for Ruiz, Chávez, Echeverría, Knef, Hawing, Hodgson
Sonoma’s Brian Ruiz (right, No. 9) – seen winning the ball during the recent season at the high school field – and fellow juniors Andy Chávez and Alejandro Echeverría were SCL boys’ all-league first-team selections, with five other Dragon teammates also garnering all-league honors.
It was a season of constant improvement and strong stretch-drive runs which led to the postseason for both the young Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer boys and girls’ teams, and for leading their respective squads during their Sonoma County League campaigns, 17 Dragons achieved SCL all-league status.
After finishing in the middle of the SCL standings, the Dragon boys – directed by longtime head coach Pedro Merino and assistant coach Mike Linder – competed in the rainy North Coast Section Division-1 playoffs as the 14th-seed and dropped a heartbreaking overtime 4-3 penalty kick shootout to third-seed Redwood.
For their outstanding SCL play, Dragon juniors Andy Chávez, Alejandro Echeverría and Brian Ruiz were first-team all-league selections.
Earning SCL all-league second-team recognition for Sonoma were seniors Stephan Flynn-García, Fidel García and Daniel Montes, while senior Manuel Young and junior Anthony Echeverría received honorable mentions.
The Lady Dragons – directed by head coach Julio Leon and assistant Colleen Hamilton – also finished the regular season in the middle of the SCL standings and were made the 11th-seed for the NCS Division-1 playoffs, where, in a heavy raining opening-round match, they dropped a 3-1 decision to sixth-seed Petaluma.
With their standout SCL play, Sonoma senior Caroline Knef and juniors Maria Hawing and Kirsten Hodgson were named to the all-league first-team.
Garnering SCL second-team all-league recognition were senior Halli Dobson and juniors Brenna Hamilton and Megan Neely; while seniors Riley Ellis-Reis and Lindsey Jasperse, and junior Ellen Angeloni, earned honorable mention.