By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
A five-goal barrage in a 27-minute span carried the Sonoma Academy girls team to a 5-1 victory over visiting St. Vincent de Paul in a North Coast Section Division 3 semifinal Wednesday afternoon.
Sonoma Academy will play the winner of Wednesday night's Cloverdale-Middletown matchup on Saturday for the Div. 3 title.
The Coyotes’ onslaught started after the Mustangs had scored the game’s first goal less than five minutes after the start.
Savannah Stoughton got Sonoma Academy even at the 13-minute mark and the Coyotes took the lead six minutes later on freshman Chloe Colbert’s kick.
Stoughton then added another goal and Lucy Donaldson knocked in a pair.
“This was as good as any game we’ve played,” coach Chris Ziemer said. “We played great soccer on both sides. It was a quality performance.”
This was the third meeting between the North Central League II rivals, who split two regular-season contests.
Lauren Kulasingam scored the St. Vincent goal with an assist from Rebecca Dodele.
Paul Sweeney, the St. Vincent coach, said his team was outplayed.
“(Sonoma Academy) won the midfield battle,” he said. “The best team won.”
Julia Willmers was the winning goalkeeper.
Sonoma Academy, the No. 2 seed, plays on with a 17-4 record. No. 3 St. Vincent ends 14-4.