Sonoma soccer girls triumph, another late heartbreak for boys
Dragons split with Healdsburg
Senior Caroline Knef, who would end up scoring the late match-winner, readies to battle for a ball that’s in-flight during the Lady Dragons SCL victory over Healdsburg at the high school field.
In a scoreless Sonoma County League home battle Friday, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer girls found themselves engrossed in a match of offensive waves, and defensive stands against Healdsburg, which looked destined to end in a scoreless tie at the high school field.
But senior Caroline Knef managed to free up for a shot on goal that culminated in a 1-0 match-winner for the Lady Dragons, who improved their early SCL record to 2-1 as they travel to Forestville tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 19, to face El Molino.
Comprising the 2012 Sonoma varsity girls’ soccer team – directed by head coach Julio Leon and assistant coach Colleen Hamilton – are seniors Knef, Naomi Blinman, Halli Dobson, Riley Ellis-Reis, Selena Gutierrez and Lindsey Jasperse; juniors Ellen Angeloni, Brenna Hamilton, Maria Hawing, Kirsten Hodgson, Kathryn Marioni and Megan Neely; Alejandra Alvarez, Maddie Dougherty, Raegan Hedley, Shelley Marmaduke, Monica Ramirez, Christen Silkey and Rian Verdu; and freshmen Brigette Vanoni and Mia Vanoni.
It was a week of SCL heartbreak for Sonoma’s varsity soccer boys, who, with less than two minutes left to play, were nipped 2-1 at home by defending champion Analy last Tuesday, then hit the SCL road on Thursday and, this time, fell short with three minutes remaining.
In an evenly played match, the visiting Dragons were tied with Healdsburg 1-1 at the half, and 2-2 at the three-minute mark off an unassisted goal each by junior Miguel Guillén and senior Fidel García, before a crossing pass turned into a kicked goal for a 3-2 win for the hosting Greyhounds.
The Dragon boys remain on the SCL road with a match against El Molino today in Forestville.