Entering the week with three matches remaining in the regular season and tied for first place in the Sonoma County League, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity soccer boys played their final road match and made it a winner Wednesday night at Durst Field in Petaluma.
When defending champion frontrunner Analy lost to Elsie Allen last Friday, the Dragons joined them at the top of the standings and remained on course for an outright or shared SCL title with their 3-2 triumph over longtime rival Petaluma.
Leading the Dragons to the pivotal win were seniors Brian Ruiz’s and Anthony García’s one goal scored and one assist each, and senior Alejandro Echeverría’s one tallied goal.
The Dragon boys will host two challenging league opponents standing in the way of claiming the SCL title, facing now second-place Elsie Allen at 4 p.m. today on the high school field, and a big re-scheduled showdown with visiting Analy this Halloween Thursday, Oct. 31.
In their first meetings, the Dragons nipped Elsie Allen 1-0, but were edged 3-1 on two long-kicked second-half goals by Analy after controlling the tempo of play for most of the match.
Sonoma’s varsity soccer girls ended their regular season dropping a 3-0 SCL road decision Tuesday night at Petaluma, and with their third-place league finish they will now await the postseason and see where they end up in the North Coast Section seeding picture.
Comprising the Lady Dragons, coached by Julio Leon, are seniors Ellen Angeloni, Brenna Hamilton, Maria Hawing, Kirsten Hodgson, Katy Marioni and Megan Neely; juniors Maddie Dougherty, Shelley Marmaduke, Emily Miller, Monica Ramirez and Christen Silkey; sophomores Bella Bollman, Lilyanna Carranza-Lugg, Annie Greenslade, Brigette Vanoni and Mia Vanoni; and freshmen Alanna Johnston, Annie Lilenthal, Lena Mallett, Hayden Pearce and Katie Stovall.
Sonoma’s tennis girls ended their SCL season with a 7-0 shutout of Healdsburg last Thursday on the refurbished high school courts, which secured them a third-place league finish.
Leading the Lady Dragons were junior Cecilia Montano’s 6-0, 6-1 over Julia Pacheco at No. 1 singles; junior Hanna Lemaire’s 6-0, 6-1 over Yomee Jones at No. 2 singles; senior Michelle Stovall’s 6-1, 6-2 over Emma Linowski at No. 3 singles; senior Ava Gonzales’ 6-0, 6-1 over Mia Cilenti at No. 4 singles; seniors Haley Glasner and Brooke Slack’s 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 over Mollie Trimble and Maddie Graham at No. 1 doubles; junior Stephanie Angulo and sophomore Brenda Maldonado’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 over Maja Trimble Brenley Seanor at No. 2 doubles; and sophomore Alison Gray and freshman Sydney Moore’s 6-0, 6-1 over Angelica Martinez and Angie Sandoval at No. 3 doubles.
In exhibition matches, Sonoma pairings of senior Jacqueline Mondragon and frosh Kasey Richards, and junior Hannah Adams and sophomore Olivia Yazzolino won their doubles matches.
Six Lady Dragons – not known at presstime – will compete in the annual SCL singles and doubles tournaments, which take place on the Santa Rosa Junior College courts starting Thursday, Oct. 31.
Sonoma’s Stovall is a defending SCL doubles champion.