Playoff games for two SRJC teams

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SRJC's Petter Lund leaps for a header against West Valley during their Northern California Regional second-round playoff match in Santa Rosa on Tuesday.  Photo credit: Conner Jay/The Press Democrat

SRJC’s Petter Lund leaps for a header against West Valley during their Northern California Regional second-round playoff match in Santa Rosa on Tuesday.
Photo credit: Conner Jay/The Press Democrat

Goals figure to be at a premium this afternoon when the Santa Rosa JC men’s soccer team hosts Foothill with the winner advancing to the CCCAA State Tournament finals.

These teams played to a 0-0 outcome after 90 minutes during the regular season and their defenses have improved since that Sept. 17 game.

Start time at Cook Sypher Field is 2 p.m.

“Both teams are playing better defense now than earlier in the year,” Santa Rosa coach Marty Kinahan said. “These are two of the best defensive teams in the state.”

Foothill has allowed just five goals in its last dozen games and three of those came when the No. 7-seeded Owls upset No. 2 American River on Tuesday.

Santa Rosa, the No. 3 seed, has given up 10 goals in its last 12 games. The Bear Cubs haven’t lost since Sept. 27, winning nine and tying three.

“We’re playing our best soccer of the season,” Kinahan said. “The team has come together.

“The game will come down to who does a better job executing. I like our chances.”

Santa Rosa’s record is 12-3-6 while Foothill is 13-3-5.

Tough task for volleyball team
If the Bear Cubs’ 14-11 volleyball team is to advance to the third round of the CCCAA Tournament, it will have to beat unbeaten Cabrillo tonight.

The match begins at 7 p.m. in Aptos.

The teams met during the regular season in Santa Rosa with the Seahawks prevailing 25-23, 25-16 and 25-19.

“We’re going into the match believing we can win,” Bear Cubs coach Caitlin Ferguson said. “We’re playing much better now than in September when we saw them.”

Cabrillo brings a 26-0 record into tonight’s game.

Men’s basketball home opener
The Bear Cubs will entertain a familiar foe tonight at Haehl Pavilion.

Even though the season is less than a month old, this will be the third time Santa Rosa has played City College of San Francisco. The Rams won the previous two, 78-76 and 74-68.

CCSF (6-1) was the top-ranked team in California in preseason. Santa Rosa is 3-3.

For the Bear Cubs, Alec Kobre (Montgomery) is averaging 15.7 points per game while Brian Johnson (Maria Carrillo) averages a team-high 8.2 rebounds.

Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

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