SRJC men advance, Modesto up next

SRJC men advanced with relative ease on Saturday, defeating De Anza 3-1 in the first-round of the postseason.

Next up is a trip to face Modesto on Tuesday – time and site to be determined.

Following is a story on the game: De Anza College goalkeeper Paul Barbosa might be seeing Santa Rosa JC’s Vidal Ferreyra in his nightmares this week.

Ferreyra, who grew up in Boonville and played at Anderson Valley High, beat Barbosa twice in the first 17 minutes of Saturday’s first-round NorCal playoff game at Santa Rosa.

The Bear Cubs wound up with goals on both plays, and that proved enough in a 3-1 win. In the 12th minute, Barbosa came out of the goalkeeper’s box to grab a loose ball, but Ferreyra controlled it and passed to Ricky Garcia (Maria Carrillo) to his left; Garcia sent the ball past a defender who had scrambled into the box.

About five minutes later, Ferreyra beat Barbosa to another ball, dribbled past the goalie’s dive and sent a slow roller into the left side of the net for a 2-0 lead. “(Friday) we had a similar instant in training,” De Anza co-coach Colin Lindores said, describing how his team had laughed at one of its forwards for turning to run downfield rather than attacking the goal with a ball apparently up for grabs.

“So what does (Barbosa) do? He kicks it to the guy we were laughing at.” Ferreyra suffered a bruised rib in a Nov. 13 tie against Modesto, and SRJC coach Marty Kinahan said he didn’t believe the sophomore had one of his better games against De Anza.

But at 25 years old, Ferreyra is a seasoned veteran. “He’s probably played more games than anyone on the field,” Kinahan said. “He’s not caught up in the moment.” De Anza (12-6-4), which controlled the tempo in the early part of the game and wound up outshooting Santa Rosa by a substantial margin, got on the board in the 21st minute.

SRJC goalie Mike Marianella (Montgomery) collided with a De Anza forward while deflecting a shot, and the visitors’ Jairo Magana looped the rebound over Marianella’s head.

It was a pretty wide-open start to the game, but things settled down after that. The Bear Cubs (12-2-5) carried their 2-1 lead into the 21st minute of the second half, when freshman Zach Driver raced around a defender to the right of the De Anza goal and hammered a shot that deflected off of defender Darryl Tom’s foot and into the net.

The final 26 minutes of the game (including stoppage time) were scoreless, though De Anza added an extra forward in an effort to bridge the gap. SRJC midfielder Octavio Estupinan (Montgomery) had what Kinahan called a “great game,” and was backed up by the Bear Cubs’ always-solid back line: stopper Andy Walker (Ukiah), sweeper Rudy Roman (Analy), left back Manny Leon (Santa Rosa) and right back Rory O’Day (Santa Rosa). Kinahan was happy with the Bear Cubs’ effort, but knows they will have to tighten up their game, especially on defense, to have a shot at the NorCal title.

“We can’t give as many chances,” Kinahan said. “They were big and physical, and really good in the air. I thought we were getting pushed around a little bit. I think we have to handle the physicality a little better, without retaliating.”

For De Anza, it was a nasty case of deja vu. They lost at Santa Rosa on Aug. 27, too — by the same 3-1 score, and with Magana scoring their only goal. Saturday was SRJC’s first game on its new Field Turf field — and maybe its only one of the 2009 season. The Cubs will face Modesto on Tuesday in Round 2.