Sol looking to next year

By ERIC WITTMERSHAUS
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

After falling just short of a trip to the National Premier Soccer League Final Four, players from the Sonoma County Sol pro-am soccer team are trying to stay sharp as they head into their offseason.

The Sol suffered a 4-1 playoff defeat Saturday at the hands of rival Bay Area of Oakland. The meeting was the fourth this year between the two teams. For the season, each club won once while the other two matches ended in ties.

The Sol’s Chris Daly said it may simplay have been Bay Area’s turn to win.

“In the first half, they just played better than us,” Daly said. “They scored pretty much every opportunity they had” to take a 3-0 halftime lead.

“It was just kind of their day and we were just a little bit off,” he said.

Sean Callahan notched the Sol’s lone goal midway through the second half. Ross Middlemiss had a key penalty kick clang off the post about 10 minutes earlier, Daly said.

The Sol, made up primarily of post-collegiate players, will work out together during the offseason to try to stay in shape during the college soccer season. Many of the NPSL’s clubs draw heavily from the college ranks, making it difficult for college graduates to find competition year-round, Daly said.

The team expects to hold tryouts in December or early January for next season.

Bay Area travels to San Diego this weekend for the national Final Four.