NCS soccer: Teams evenly matched in semifinals

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The games only get tougher with North Coast Section soccer semifinals set for today.

A pair of matchups should be particularly close: The boys’ Division 2 contest between Roseland University Prep and Calistoga and the girls’ Division 1 game with Rancho Cotate at Montgomery.

The Roseland Prep boys won the North Central League II including a tie and victory over Calistoga. These games are always tight.

“The playoffs are always a little different. The kids know it’s win or go home,” said Roseland Prep coach Tino Fonzeca.

Roseland Prep has been on a roll, winning big in the first two rounds. Both matches were played at Elsie Allen, where today’s game is set.

A pair of close wins has Calistoga still alive. The Wildcats beat International on penalty kicks, then upset University in the second overtime in San Francisco.

On the girls’ side, Rancho Cotate will try to steal a win against Montgomery on the road. Montgomery has defeated its North Bay League foe by one goal in each of the two regular-season meetings.

“We’re pretty evenly matched,” said Montgomery coach Pat McDonald. “Maria Carrillo is the clear favorite, but after that we’re all pretty equal.”

In the other Division 1 semifinal, Maria Carrillo hosts Analy, the Sonoma County League champion. Maria Carrillo easily handled Analy in its season opener.

Seedings held in girls Division 3. No. 1 Middletown hosts fourth seed Cloverdale in a matchup of North Central League I rivals.

No. 2 Sonoma Academy has third seed St. Vincent at home in a rematch of the top two North Central League II teams.

In other boys’ action, Division 1 top seed Maria Carrillo has Terra Linda at home.

Anderson Valley hosts Fremont Christian in a boys’ Division 3 semifinal.