Boys soccer: Analy stays unbeaten with 4-2 win against Healdsburg

By DANIEL POULTER
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

HEALDSBURG – Senior Armando Coronel scored two goals and the Analy boys soccer team showed why it is the team to beat in the Sonoma County League, defeating Healdsburg 4-2 on Wednesday to stay unbeaten on the season.

From the start of the game, Analy dominated with its speed. Analy coach Peter Meechan said Healdsburg High’s small field didn’t help the Tigers’ spacing, but Analy (14-0 overall, 6-0 SCL) was still able to use quick passes to get the ball up field to Coronel. In the ninth minute, Coronel dribbled though the Greyhounds defense and put a shot past keeper Bryant Rosillo.

Coronel nearly had his second goal 11 minutes later on a penalty kick, but his shot hit the cross bar. Coronel made up for the miss, scoring in the 27th minute on a through pass from Agustin Reyes. With one minute remaining in the first half, Analy’s David Vigil scored on his own rebound off the post to put the Tigers up 3-0 at the break.

Healdsburg (4-7, 0-5) came out more aggressive after intermission. There were six yellow cards – three for each team – in the second half. The Greyhounds cut the lead to 3-1 four minutes into the second half when senior Omar Nuno scored on a rebound. Nuno wasn’t done, scoring his second goal later in the second half off a pass from Hugo Gutierrez to cut Analy’s lead to one.

Analy freshmen keeper Alex Coronel made the play of the night with four minutes remaining, saving a shot by Healdsburg that seemed destined for the back of the net.

“(We’re) very confident with him in goal,” said Armando of his little brother, Alex. “I feel secure that he’s back there.”

“He’s come a long way,” added Meehan.

Analy added an insurance goal from Raffi Dick in the 78th minute to lock up the victory.

Up next: Analy plays Sonoma Valley and Healdsburg faces El Molino.