Boys soccer: Analy blanks Santa Rosa in battle of unbeatens

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

In a game between two of the Redwood Empire’s top teams, Analy defeated Santa Rosa, 2-0, Wednesday night in Sebastopol.

Both teams came into the nonleague match with unbeaten records.

The first score came in the waning seconds of the first half when Saul Valencia took a corner kick from Uriel Sanchez and guided the ball just inside the far post.

Ivan Galvan added an insurance goal with 15 minutes left. Gabe Ghirann assisted.

Keeper Alex Coronel got the shutout.

“It was a battle,” Analy coach Peter Meechan said.

“It came down to which team could finish goals. That goal just before halftime was a huge momentum swing.”

The Tigers improved to 8-0-1. Santa Rosa’s record is 4-1-1.

SONOMA VALLEY BREEZES

At Sonoma, the Dragons began SCL play with a 4-2 win over Piner.

Anthony Garcia put the home team in front early when he took control of a deflected kick, moved toward the goal and put the ball in back of the net.

Alejandro Echeverria scored later in the half to give Sonoma a 2-0 lead at halftime.

“I thought we played better than Piner from the outside,” Sonoma coach Pedro Merino said. “We kept possession a little longer and capitalized on their mistakes. That was the difference in the game.”

Merino predicted his team will do well in the SCL.

“I think we’ll be one of the better teams in the league,” he said. “We still need to do work on passing, shooting and technical things but this is a group with ability.”

LOBOS EARN SHUTOUT

At Petaluma, Elsie Allen goalkeeper Alex Perez didn’t allow the Trojans to score as the visitors won 3-0.

Ulisses Mendoza scored 10 minutes into the game and Luis Giron added another goal before halftime. Jose Garcia’s goal completed the scoring.

“Our defense, especially in the midfield, was outstanding,” Lobos coach Gabriel Albavera said.

“Luis Giron and Juan Ortiz kept Petaluma from getting many scoring chances.”

It was Elsie Allen’s first SCL game this season. The Lobos are 3-4 overall.

HEALDSBURG RALLIES

At Forestville, the visiting Greyhounds spotted El Molino an early goal before coming back to win, 4-1.

Late in the first half, Oscar Gonzalez scored to tie the game. Four minutes later Jorge Cervantes put Healdsburg ahead for good with a left-footed kick from 30 yards out.

 

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