Local soccer season over? Not a chance

SRJC men's soccer head coach Marty Kinahan

SRJC men's soccer head coach Marty Kinahan

The good soccer news is that we were just entertained by some stellar high school players who gave it their all. And now, as we await all those postseason awards, there is some even better soccer news – the local soccer season is not over.
The Santa Rosa Junior College men’s and women’s teams will find out Tuesday who they will be playing in the NorCal playoffs on Saturday.
The women’s team will host a game on its sparkling new field on campus. The men are hoping to do the same thing.
The men, champions of the Big 8 Conference, finished the regular season with an 11-2-5 record under head coach Marty Kinahan.
The Bear Cubs have steadily improved during the season and as Kinahan said, “I think our best game is still to come.”
SRJC is ranked No. 6 in NorCal and No. 9 in the state.
The new SRJC field is spacious and suits Santa Rosa’s strengths, Kinahan said.
“We’ve got a real technical team, we’ve got a fast team. It plays fast. It’s real consistent,” he said of the new field. “There’s no question home field is an advantage. Coming out of our own locker room, coming onto our field. We’re excited to play a game in front of the home fans.”

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SRJC head women's coach Emiria Salzmann

SRJC head women's coach Emiria Salzmann

The SRJC women’s team is No. 3 in the Northern California junior college rankings and No. 5 in the state as they try to gain a return trip the Final Four.
“We’ve just had to make a lot of adjustments and it’s very difficult. They are fighters,” said coach Emiria Salzmann said of her team. She added that one or more playoff games on campus would be a lift.
“It’s just nice to play at home because you get your own fans. You’re in your own environment,” Salzmann added.
The Bear Cubs are 13-5-2 entering the playoffs.
On Tuesday they will learn their first-round opponent and the start time of Saturday’s home game.