Sonoma soccer boys payback El Mo
Lady Dragons earn shutout win, host Petaluma Friday
Senior Lindsey Jasperse (right, No. 21) goes knee-to-knee with an Analy opponent during a recent SCL match at the high school field.
Hoping to to ride their strong team play of late through their final Sonoma County League matches and into the postseason, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer boys avenged an earlier SCL loss to the El Molino, and earned an important victory giving them an 8-7-1 winning record.
The Dragons, who were nipped in Forestville 3-2 in overtime last month, expanded on a 1-0 halftime lead by using their productive-of-late offense to outscore El Molino 4-2 in the second half en route to a convincing 5-2 triumph last Thursday at the high school field.
Leading Sonoma past the visiting Lions were junior Bryan Ruiz’s two goals scored and one assist; senior Fidel García and junior Anthony Echeverría’s one goal each; and junior Alejandro Echeverría’s assist, with El Molino also giving up an own-goal.
With one of the main criteria to qualify for the North Coast Section playoffs being a winning overall or league record, the Sonoma boys postioned themselves for the postseason with the win over the visiting Lions, which also evened their SCL mark to 5-5 with two matches remaining in the regular season.
The Dragons, who have a bye today, play at longtime SCL rival Petaluma this Thursday night, Oct. 18, before hosting Elsie Allen in their regular-season finale, which will also be senior night, at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Arnold Field.
Friday night at Arnold Field, Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls honored their seniors in a prematch ceremony, then took care of the business at hand, which was posting an SCL win.
The Lady Dragons continued their winning ways of late by dominating play at both ends of the field with a shutdown defense and attacking offense, which finally broke through with a second-half goal scored by senior Riley Ellis-Reis, which was the difference in a 1-0 victory over league foe El Molino.
Along with Ellis-Reis, the Sonoma seniors who were honored included Naomi Blinman, Danielle de la Torre, Halli Dobson, Selena Gutierrez, Lindsey Jasperse, Caroline Knef and Angelica Pena.
The varsity Lady Dragons have a bye tomorrow before hosting longtime SCL foe Petaluma in their regular-season finale at 4 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 19, at the high school field.
Sonoma’s cross country teams hit the SCL road for dual-meets at Healdsburg tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 17, while the water polo Dragons have a bye.