Girls soccer: Refs' absence scuttles highly anticipated game


PETALUMA — Disappointment was in abundance on Wednesday afternoon at the St. Vincent's soccer field.

The much anticipated NCL Division II girls’ soccer match between the powerhouse Mustangs (5-1 overall and 3-0 in league) and Sonoma Academy (5-0, 3-0) was postponed due to the referees not showing up.

“We have no idea why the officials didn’t show up,” St. Vincent’s athletic director Sue Keller said. “This game will be rescheduled probably within the next month. We have to find a gap in both teams’ schedules.”

After waiting 30 minutes past the game’s start time with no appearance from the referees, the teams’ coaches along with Keller agreed to make up the game rather than to levy a forfeit on the host Mustangs.

“We want to play this game, we don’t want to win by forfeit,” Sonoma Academy coach Chris Ziemer said. “In the spirit of the schools working together we want to reschedule this game.”

Added St. Vincent’s coach Paul Sweeney: “This is utter disappointment. We were ramped up to play and we have been in good early season form and we are scoring a lot of goals right now.”

In addition to the rescheduling of the game at St. Vincent’s, the teams are scheduled to play at Sonoma Academy on Oct. 14.