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Sonoma swept in both soccer, tennis

Sonoma’s Katy Marioni (No. 23) starts an offensive run with a head-ball as teammates Megan Neely (left, No. 5) and Bridget Vanoni (right, No. 6) follow the play during the Lady Dragons’ recent SCL win over Piner at the high school field. Marioni and Neely were two of six seniors honored before Tuesday evening’s home-finale league loss to Analy at Arnold Field. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

Sonoma’s Katy Marioni (No. 23) starts an offensive run with a head-ball as teammates Megan Neely (left, No. 5) and Bridget Vanoni (right, No. 6) follow the play during the Lady Dragons’ recent SCL win over Piner at the high school field. Marioni and Neely were two of six seniors honored before Tuesday evening’s home-finale league loss to Analy at Arnold Field. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

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At the midway point of the Sonoma County League season, the two frontrunners, Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer boys and defending champion Analy, hadn’t even played after their first match in Sonoma was postponed when the referees didn’t show up.

But, finally, Wednesday night in Sebastopol the first meeting of the SCL-unbeaten longtime rivals took place and Analy survived a fierce battle with the visiting Dragons and took advantage of two second-half mistakes by scoring twice off a pair of long passes and pulling out a 3-1 win.

Scoring the lone goal for Sonoma was senior Andy Chávez.

The Dragon boys return home in second place and will host SCL rival Healdsburg at 4 p.m. today on the high school field.

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Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls played possibly their best match of the season against a top-quality foe in their home finale, but, unfortunately, they couldn’t find the net for a score and dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 SCL decision to visiting Analy Tuesday night at Arnold Field.

Before the match, Sonoma honored its six seniors, including Ellen Angeloni, Maria Hawing, Brenna Hamilton, Kristen Hodgson, Katy Marioni and Megan Neely.

The Lady Dragons will wrap up their regular league season on the road, playing at Healdsburg last night – results not available at presstime – before traveling to Forestville to face El Molino this Tuesday, Oct. 15, and then, after a bye, will battle at Petaluma in the finale on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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Sonoma’s tennis got a big singles victory by senior Michelle Stovall, but it turned out to be their only win in their 6-1 SCL loss to visiting longtime rival Petaluma Tuesday afternoon at the high school courts. Petaluma is unbeaten in league play and is in first place.

While Stovall defeated Morgan Intoschi 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, her Lady Dragon singles teammates dropped their matches, including junior Cecilia Montano’s 3-6, 3-6 to Maddie Thomas at No. 1 singles; junior Hanna Lemaire’s 0-6, 3-6 to Nicoline Pedersen at No. 2 singles; and sophomore Brenda Maldonado’s 0-6, 0-6 to Emma Morgan at No. 4 singles.

Sonoma’s doubles losses were seniors Haley Glasner’s Brooke Slack’s 5-7, 3-6 to Sophia Murphy and Julia Brena at No. 1 doubles; junior Stephanie Angulo’s and sophomore Alison Gray’s 0-6, 2-6 to Ada Payne and Grace Slembrouk at No. 2 doubles; and senior Samantha Richards’ and freshman Sydney Moore’s 3-6, 5-7 to Celine Rogers and Grace Davis at No. 3 doubles.

The Lady Dragon netters played league rival Analy in Sebastopol yesterday – results not available at presstime – and will host SCL foe Elsie Allen in their home finale at 3:30 p.m. this Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the high school courts.

Before the match, Sonoma will honor its seniors, including Haley Glasner, Ava Gonzales, Jacqueline Mondragon, Samantha Richards, Brooke Slack and Michelle Stovall.

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Sonoma’s young girl golfers hit the road to end their regular season match-play facing league rival Petaluma yesterday at the Rooster Run Golf Course – results not available at presstime – and the Lady Dragons will compete in the SCL championship tournament this Monday, Oct. 14.