Final Games All Big In NBL Boys’ Soccer

Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

While the Montgomery Vikings appear headed for the North Bay League boys’ soccer title, the other teams are playing tight, competitive games as evidenced by two scoreless ties in the latest round of matches.

By contrast, Sonoma County League play is dominated by Sonoma Valley with Analy and Windsor also very strong.

The NBL has one top team and a pack of squads that have beaten up on each other after doing well in non-league play.

 Santa Rosa is the most talented and could make another deep run in the North Coast Section playoffs. Third place Rancho Cotate has made the biggest turnaround after going winless last season. Maria Carrillo is right there with Ukiah just off the pace.

Just how even the level of play can be was clear Tuesday. Elsie Allen ended in a scoreless tie with Montgomery with Maria Carrillo and Cardinal Newman also unable to score in their contest. Santa Rosa held form in a 3-0 win over Piner, though the Prospectors have put scares into league rivals.

“This league there’s not much between the teams. All the teams are capable of beating each other on any given day,” said Cardinal Newman coach Paul Dixon.

With a week to go in league play, wins are critical as teams aim for NCS playoff bids.

Thursday’s games have Rancho Cotate at Maria Carrillo, Cardinal Newman visiting Montgomery, Santa Rosa going to Elsie Allen, and Ukiah at Piner.

Over in the SCL, the Sonoma Valley Dragons have controlled play after coming together during a spotty non-league stretch. Analy is a solid second after the Tigers defeated Windsor twice, but the Jaguars are dangerous.

Here are Thursday’s games in theSCL: Windsor at Sonoma Valley; El Molino visiting Healdsburg; Petaluma at Casa Grande.