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Sonoma soccer squads handle ’Hounds

Senior Brian Ruiz (right), seen directing his head ball toward the goal, later scored the winning goal off an assist by senior Paco Martínez in the Dragons’ SCL victory over Healdsburg Friday afternoon at the high school field. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Senior Brian Ruiz (right), seen directing his head ball toward the goal, later scored the winning goal off an assist by senior Paco Martínez in the Dragons’ SCL victory over Healdsburg Friday afternoon at the high school field. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

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Coming off tough Sonoma County League losses to the frontrunners, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer boys and girls bounced back with a pair of dominating efforts against SCL rival Healdsburg at the end of last week.

After first-place defending champion Analy salvaged a 3-1 win in an evenly played match in Sebastopol, the second-place Dragons hosted Healdsburg at the high school field on Friday and, after getting the equalizer at one goal each midway through the second half, tallied a thrilling late goal to pull out a 2-1 triumph.

The first Dragon goal came off a penalty kick from 25 yards out that senior Andy Chávez bended around the Greyhound defensive wall and inside the right post past the goalie and into the corner of the net.

Sonoma’s match-winning goal came when, with approximately three minutes remaining in regulation play, Paco Martínez delivered a right-on pass for an assist to fellow senior Brian Ruiz, who took it in stride and lasered home an accurate ball.

The Dragon boys host SCL foe El Molino at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday at Arnold Field, and before the match Sonoma will honor its 10 seniors, including Chávez, Martínez, Ruiz, Alejandro Echeverría, Anthony Echeverría, Max Floerke, Anthony García, Miguel Guillén, Zack Thompson and Jesus Molina.

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Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls, who played possibly their best match of the season against first-place Analy, but dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in their home finale Tuesday night, zapped their scoring woes last Thursday evening in Healdsburg, where they tallied four goals and played shut-down defense for a 4-0 win.

Scoring for the Lady Dragons were junior Monica Ramirez’s goal on a free kick from 40 yards out; senior Maria Hawing’s goal off an assist by senior Katy Marioni; and a pair of goals by freshman Annie Lilienthal, which were assisted by sophomore Bridget Vanoni and senior Kirsten Hodgson, respectively.

The Sonoma girls travel to Forestville to face El Molino today, then, after a bye, will battle at Petaluma in their regular season finale next Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Of note: Sonoma’s senior four-year player Kirsten Hodgson’s first name has been recently misspelled as Kristen, which has been corrected for future stories and the Index-Tribune’s annual Sonoma football and fall sports guide, which comes out this homecoming Friday, Oct. 18.