Soccer Dragon boys nipped, girls blanked by Analy to open SCL
Sonoma squads run interlock; soccer girls host today at Hanna
Junior Bryan Ruiz (left, No. 9) battles for a head-ball during the Dragons’ heartbreaking SCL-opening loss to Analy Wednesday at the high school field.
In a pair of challenging Sonoma County League openers against a longtime SCL rival, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer boys’ and girls’ teams turned in solid efforts, but were denied by Analy in home and road matches, respectively, earlier this week.
The Lady Dragons – who host SCL foe Healdsburg at 4 p.m. today on the new Hanna Boys Center field – faced Analy in Sebastopol Wednesday night and couldn’t find the net in a 2-0 loss.
Battling defending SCL champion Analy at their home high school field on Tuesday, the Dragon boys were trailing 1-0 early in the second half when they finally capitalized on a series of offensive runs when sophomore Alexis Zamudio lasered a shot into the net for the equalizing goal and a burst of momentum.
But Sonoma couldn’t cash in on a few highly potential scoring chances and, with less than two minutes left in regulation play, the visiting Tigers struck for the decisive goal and escaped the Valley with a 2-1 SCL-opening win.
The Dragon boys, who played at league foe Healdsburg yesterday – results not available at presstime – remain on the SCL road when they travel to Forestville to face El Molino this Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Sonoma’s cross country boys’ and girls’ teams ran in the annual Super Septo Interlock meets at the 3.01-mile Spring Lake course in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, competing against runners from Casa Grande, Maria Carrillo, Petaluma, Piner, Santa Rosa and Windsor.
Pacing the Dragon varsity boys were senior Chris Tose’s ninth-place finish in 16 minutes, 30 seconds; junior Owen Ljung’s 13th in 16:45; junior Christian Martinez’s 27th in 17:18; junior Keegan Ginter’s 35th in 17:40; senior Ryland Osborne’s 55th in 18:24; senior A.J. Lemaire’s 72nd in 19:23; and senior Greg Maggioncalda’s 74th in 19:42.
The Lady Dragons were paced by senior Hannah Cenci’s 15th-place finish in 20:42; senior Gianna Biaggi’s 16th in 20:44; senior Laura Amador’s 26th in 21:30; freshman Madeline Libbey’s 38th in 22:50; junior Itzel Macedonio-Santiago’s 53rd in 24:19; frosh Brianna Lehane’s 58th in 29:03; and senior Serena Spry’s 59th in 29:52.
Sonoma senior Peter Gray won the junior varsity boys’ race in 19:09, followed by teammates frosh Ty Haury’s 16th in 19:49; sophomore Return Bongiovanni’s 20th in 19:59; senior Liam Casey’s 31st in 20:27; junior Trey Garcia’s 45th in 20:53; frosh Max Serafini’s 71st in 21:46; frosh Austin Chapin’s 76th in 22:04; sophomore Ian Sloop’s 99th in 23:27; junior Baily Zeller’s 103rd in 23:59; and frosh Pablo Vasquez-Cruz’s 118th in 25:46.
The cross country Dragons will hold their annual home interlock meets at 4 p.m. on the Maxwell Farms Regional Park course this Wednesday, Sept. 19.