Sonoma’s soccer squads snare SCL openers
Dragons beat Piner, boys host today, girls on Friday
Junior Alejandro Echeverría (middle, No. 2) – attempting to guide the ball past the goalie in Sonoma’s recent nonconference win over visiting Drake – scored one of four goals the Dragons used to defeat Piner in last Thursday’s SCL opener at the high school field.
Both Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity soccer boys’ and girls’ teams faced Piner, one of the Sonoma County League’s two newest member-schools, in their SCL openers last week and came away with a pair of impressive shutout victories.
Piner – which, along with fellow Santa Rosa school Elsie Allen, switched to the SCL, replacing Casa Grande and Windsor, who joined the North Bay League – visited the Valley on Thursday and were abruptly welcomed at the high school field by the energized and aggressive Dragons, who dominated the match from the outset.
With both schools having a postseason history of North Coast Sectional showdowns in recent years, and Piner owning an NCS title, the Sonoma boys kept constant offensive pressure on the Prospectors and tallied two goals in each half to post the 4-0 SCL shutout win.
Leading the Dragons were junior Miguel Guillén’s one goal scored and one assist; a goal apiece by senior Connor Grieggs-Demmin and juniors Bryan Ruiz and Alejandro Echeverría; junior Anthony García’s two assists and senior Daniel Montes’ one; and the shut-down defensive play of the defense and senior goalies Daniel Dwyer and Griffin Hill.
Rounding out Sonoma’s varsity soccer boys’ roster – directed by longtime head coach Pedro Merino and assistant coach Mike Linder – are seniors Stephan Flynn-García, Martín Hurtado, Pedro Nápoles, Newang Sherpa, Tashi Sherpa and Manuel Young; juniors Andy Chávez, Anthony Echeverría and Zack Thompson; and sophomores Sam Bridges-Sonheim and Alexis Zamudio.
The Dragon boys host longtime rival and defending champion Analy in an SCL battle at 4 p.m. today on the high school field, before traveling to league foe Healdsburg this Friday night, Sept. 14.
On Friday, Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls traveled to Santa Rosa on and broke a scoreless first-half with three second-half goals en route to their 3-0 blanking of Piner – individual statistics not available at presstime.
The Lady Dragons travel to Sebastopol tomorrow night, Wednesday, Sept. 12, to face longtime SCL rival Analy, before returning home to host another league foe, Healdsburg, at 4 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 14, at the new Hanna Boys Center field.