SOCCER: Sol advance to division title game


SAN DIEGO — The Sonoma County Sol scored with two minutes left in the overtime period Saturday night, then used Justin Ferreira’s penalty kick to beat the San Diego Flash and advance to the National Premier Soccer League West Division title game.

The Sol played a man down, after losing one to a second yellow card just 10 minutes into the overtime period that began with the match deadlocked 1-1.

The Sol scored in the 100th minute, with 10 remaining in O. That set up Sean Callahan’s match-saving goal with just two minutes left to tie 2-2 and force the match to penalty kicks.

Sonoma outscored San Diego 4-2 in the PKphase, with goalkeeper James Del Curto saving San Diego’s fourth try to clinch the victory for the Sol.

Ross Middlemiss, Nick Lombardi and Eric Larson found the back of the net with penalty kicks before Ferreira’s tally for Sonoma.

“We dominated the game,”said Sonoma’s Chris Daly. “San Diego tried to play long ball and just dump it into the box looking to score off headers. We played the better soccer throughout.”

Ferreira’s goal got things started in the 61st minute after a scoreless first half. San Diego tied the game on a penalty kick 22 minutes later in injury time to set up the Sol’s overtime heroics.

The Sol will visit the Bay Area Ambassadors for the NPSL West Division title this Saturday. The game time and site have yet to be determined.

The winner will advance to the NPSLchampionship round of four in San Diego.

Sonoma and the Ambassadors have met three times already this season. The teams tied 3-3 and then 2-2, before the Sol earned a 3-0 win in their last meeting.