Tonight's (Oct. 30th) prediction

Montgomery goalie Megan Herring  tries to stop penalty shot by Maria Carrillo's Michelle Flores, but the shot goes in for the winner Friday night.

Montgomery goalie Megan Herring tries to stop penalty shot by Maria Carrillo's Michelle Flores, but the shot goes in for the winner Friday night.

Isn’t this just about perfect?

A playoff game before the playoffs. Montgomery and Maria Carrillo with identical 12-1-1 records in the NBL, they split their regular-season series and now they play for the North Bay League title.

A girls playoff game and no one can ever recall that happening on the girls side in the history of the NBL.

Two outstandings coaches – Debra LaPrath and Pat McDonald – matching wits.

A nice tuneup for the postseason.

And it’s the night before Halloween.

And for once the true futbol goes up against American football on a Friday night. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!

So, what’s gonna happen?

Monty’s the defending NBL champions, they have a solid, established program and in a season that everyone thought would be a rebuilding one, a season when they lose arguably their best player (Cammie Pearson) to injury aT the beginning of the season, they are still in a position to win the NBL again and advance deep into the North Coast Section playoffs.

Mara Carrillo comes to today’s 5 p.m. contest at Santa Rosa High with a squad that mostly looks like they just got off the bus from a U15 club contest. They are that young. But OMG are they talented. Seems like just about all LaPrath has to do is toss the ball out onto the field and walk back to the bench and write down another W.

Obviously, there is no grandiose soccer expertise here. Like most of you, I simply watch. And what I will watch for tonight is the play of the respective goalies. How assertive they are, how much team leadership they show from the back end of the field, how they react to the pressure.

And I’ll even toss out an extra prediction – the winner of this game will go on to be the overall NCS champ.

So, in a changing of the guard, here it is:

PREDICTION: Maria Carrillo 2, Montgomery 0

Final: Maria Carrillo 2, Mongomery 1 (MC won on PKs, 5-4)