Boys soccer roundup: Rancho Cotate stays atop NBL by beating Panthers

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Rancho Cotate maintained its position atop the North Bay League standings Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory over host Santa Rosa.

The Cougars, 6-0-3 in league, scored twice in the opening 10 minutes.

girlsoccerweb“We were very focused,” coach Eamon Kelly said. “It was good to see because we didn’t play well in our previous game against Windsor.” The Cougars tied that game last Friday.

Enrique Gomez was the offensive star as he scored twice. Kevin Juarez had the other goal. Adrian Fontanelli picked up a pair of assists.

Santa Rosa coach Antonio Garcia came away impressed with the Rancho squad.

“They’re big, strong and physical,” Garcia said. “They took it to us, especially early.

“We played pretty flat.”

Seamus Young scored the Panthers’ goal with an assist from Bryan Rosales.

CASA GRANDE 1, CARDINAL NEWMAN 0

At Petaluma, the only goal of the game came with two minutes left in the second overtime.

That was when Edwin Aquiu scored.

Aquiu collected the ball inside the six-yard box after it took a funny bounce and kicked it to the back of the net.

“He thought it hit a pothole,” coach Greg Volker said.

Newman mounted a final challenge but Casa keeper Jort Kuiphof made a difficult save with 10 seconds remaining.

Most of the night’s action came on Newman’s side of the field.

“I felt we should’ve scored more because of the way we controlled the ball,” Volker said. “We didn’t play our best but found a way to get the win.”

Casa improves to 5-4-0 in league and 6-5-0 overall.

MARIA CARRILLO 1, UKIAH 0

At Santa Rosa, Beto Torres scored the game’s lone goal 10 minutes into the second half.

The defender found the net from about 20 yards out with an assist from Calvin Gummer.

Jose Cabrera was in goal for the Pumas.

“I thought the guys played very well,” coach Mike Mastin said. “Ukiah is a good team.”

Carrillo’s record is 5-5-2 and 4-4-1.

WINDSOR 1, MONTGOMERY 0

At Santa Rosa, Jose Olvera’s goal represented the only scoring.

He was set up by Rigo Barragan, while Diego Hernandez was the winning keeper.