NCS soccer: Casa, Newman girls post shutouts

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Rebecca Benjamin was the offensive star Wednesday night as Casa Grande defeated visiting Sonoma Valley 3-0 in the first round of the North Coast Section Division 1 girls soccer playoffs.

Benjamin scored twice and assisted on the other Gauchos goal. Both her scores were on rebounds following free kicks.

“On the whole, we played really good soccer,” coach Vinnie Cortezo said. “We came out focused and didn’t let up.”

Amanda Galbraith scored the third Casa goal. Keeper LeeAnn Tedrow got the shutout.

The Gauchos are 10-7-1 while Sonoma finishes up 6-8.

NEWMAN GIRLS BEAT FORTUNA

Lauren Miller, Dano Gilson and Megan Moore scored the goals as the Cardinals shut out the visitors from Humboldt County 3-0.

Newman improves to 9-8-2 and travels to Petaluma on Saturday for a second-round match with the Trojans.

NORWOOD LEADS CLEAR LAKE

Hannah Norwood scored all three goals for the Cardinals as they defeated visiting St. Helena 3-0.

“She was great,” coach Paul Larrea said of the junior forward.

Maddy Wynachat, Kelcie Reynolds and Emily Hayes had the assists. As usual, Clear Lake’s defense was stingy. The Lake County team has won 15 games and 13 of those were shutouts.

Clear Lake, the No. 6 seed in Division 3, travels to Cloverdale for a second-round match Saturday night.

SANTA ROSA BOYS HOLD ON

The Panthers built a 5-1 lead and then withstood a rally by host Sonoma Valley to win, 5-4.

The Dragons made it a one-goal game with 6 minutes remaining.

“We had three good opportunities to tie,” coach Pedro Merino said. “We just didn’t convert.

“It’s a tough loss but when you make as many mistakes as we did, it’s difficult to win. Credit to Santa Rosa, they took advantage of our errors and made good on them.”

CARRILLO BOYS CRUISE

The No. 6-seeded Pumas turned it on in the second half to defeat visiting Elsie Allen, 4-1.

Carrillo was clinging to a 1-0 lead at halftime.

“The key to the game was how well we defended,” coach Mike Mastin said.

The goal scorers for Carrillo (11-6-4) were Henrick Duffy, David Mwinga, Christian Turuggan and Nick Wesley.

CASA BOYS GET SHUTOUT

Keeper Sam Falkenberg and the the Gauchos’ defense held Sir Francis Drake scoreless and wound up winning, 2-0.

Irving Lopez and Noah Wilson, the leading Casa scorers during the regular season, came up with the goals.

“The defense gets credit for this one,” coach Lee Summerscales said. “Drake is a tall and physical team and to hold them scoreless is quite a feat.”

The No. 4-seeded Gauchos, now 13-4-1, host No. 12 Fortuna on Saturday night.

 

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