Soccer Dragon boys hammer ’Hounds
Lady Dragons earn shutout win, host El Mo tonight
Junior Alejandro Echeverría (middle, No. 2) follows his shot into the net for the Dragons’ first goal during their dominating SCL victory over Healdsburg Tuesday afternoon at the high school field.
After the Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer boys, who out-played defending Sonoma County League champion and current first-place Analy for most of their recent match in Sebastopol only to be denied a win on a questionable call that led to a late penalty shot, took their frustrations out on their next opponent.
The Dragons lifted their game up a level by dominating SCL foe Healdsburg with waves of offensive runs at the goal, and a thumping defense, en route to a rousing 4-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at the high school field.
Leading Sonoma’s offensive eruption with were a goal scored each, in order by juniors Alejandro Echeverría and Bryan Ruiz, senior Manny Young and junior Anthony García, with as assist apiece by Ruiz and seniors Fidel García and Danny Montes.
The Dragons, who hosted league foe El Molino yesterday – results not available at presstime – have a bye this Tuesday, Oct. 16, before playing at longtime SCL rival Petaluma on Thursday night, Oct. 18.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls also turned in a strong offensive performance in building up a two-goal lead in the first-half, then finished off an overall dominating defensive effort in the second-half to capture a 2-0 SCL Wednesday night road victory over Healdsburg.
After senior Lindsey Jasperse scored 15 minutes into the match, then assisted a head-shot goal scored by freshman Bridgette Vanoni for the 2-0 advantage, the Lady Dragons shut down Healdsburg behind defenders senior Halli Dobson and juniors Kirsten Hodgsen, Megan Neeley and Maria Hawing.
Capping Sonoma’s defensive effort and preserving the shutout was senior Riley Ellis-Reis, who took over for injured sophomore goalie Christen Silkey in the last 10 minutes of the match.
The Lady Dragons host SCL foe El Molino at 7 p.m. tonight at Arnold Field, and Sonoma will honor its seniors, including Dobson, Ellis-Reis, Jasperse, Naomi Blinman, Selena Gutierrez and Caroline Knef, before the match