By DANIEL POULTER
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
SEBASTOPOL – It took 71 minutes, but the Analy girls soccer team finally found the net, snapping a scoreless tie en route to a 2-0 win against Sonoma Valley on Thursday in the Sonoma County League opener for both teams.
The Tigers’ Mackenzie Boulton scored the first goal for Analy, connecting on a left-footed strike to the far post. Five minutes later, Collette Zepponi completed the scoring with a goal of her own.
Analy peppered Sonoma goalkeeper Emily Wilber with shots throughout the game, totaling 16, including 10 on goal. Analy coach Joseph Heil complimented the Sonoma keeper, who had seven saves.
“To score on Emily Wilber, you have got to have quality goals,” he said.
Analy controlled the ball, keeping it in Dragons’ territory while holding Sonoma to two shots in the first half. Analy attempted five shots in the first half but came away empty.
“We just couldn’t finish,” said Heil, who said he challenged his team at halftime to “take the other team out of the game (offensively) and defensively – and to finish.”
Brooklyn Varnadore and Nina Hendsmith had assists for Analy.