NCS soccer playoffs: Maria Carrillo girls advance to championship match

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Maria Carrillo’s girls soccer team continued its quest for a third straight North Coast Section Division 1 championship by defeating Casa Grande 4-1 in a semifinal match Wednesday night.

The top-seeded Pumas will play Montgomery for the title on Saturday night.

Cami Rencken and Maddy Gonzalez were the offensive stars against Casa. Each got a goal and an assist.

Keeper Claire Howard had her best game of the year and didn’t give up a score until the waning minutes.

“She was brilliant,” coach Debra LaPrath said. “She had to leave her feet several times to make saves.”

Carrillo, ranked in the top five nationally in several polls, is now 19-0-1. Casa Grande finishes 11-8-1.

LADY VIKINGS BACK IN FINAL

At Montgomery, Emily Orosz scored two goals in the first half to lead the Vikings into the NCS Division 1 title game for the 12th time in the past 13 years.

Montgomery earned its latest trip with a 4-0 victory over No. 6 Cardinal Newman.

The Vikings have won four championships since 2001, the most recent coming in 2009.

Orosz scored her goals in an 8-minute span in the first half. Natalie Villagomez and Taylor Ziemer also had goals for the home team.

Taylor Fager led the back-line defense that kept Newman from getting any strong shots on goal. The sophomore also had an assist.

Montgomery, the No. 2 seed, improves to 19-2. Newman ends its season with a 10-9-2 mark.

CARRILLO BOYS LOSE ON ROAD

At Mill Valley, Tamalpais eliminated the Pumas from the NCS playoffs for the second year in a row by the score of 2-1.

Last season, the Red Tailed Hawks traveled to Santa Rosa and defeated the Pumas in the title game.

Carrillo finishes 12-7-4. Tamalpais will play on with a 16-4-8 record.

ANDERSON VALLEY BOYS BREEZE

At Boonville, the Panthers’ defense held Geyserville to one shot on goal and advanced to Saturday’s Division 3 championship match with a 3-0 victory.

At the 15-minute mark, Moises Segura scored the only goal Anderson Valley would need. In the second half, Erik Martinez and Jose Gaxiola scored.

The top-seeded Panthers will take a 19-3-1 record into the finals. Geyserville finished 9-12-1.

MIDDLETOWN TO PLAY FOR TITLE

At Middletown, the Mustangs, behind the excellent net play of Jesse Flynn, defeated Cloverdale 3-1 and will play for the Division 3 title on Saturday.

“Flynn kept us in front with a couple of diving saves,” coach Louise Owens said.

“I’m very proud of all the players because we executed everything we’d been practicing.”

Hannah Diaz and Caitlin Lemoine led the offense. Both had a goal and an assist.

Middletown will take a 20-2 mark into the title match. Cloverdale winds up 19-3.

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