NCS soccer roundup: Petaluma in quarterfinals with 2-0 win over Casa



Playing one of its best defensive games of the year, Petaluma High’s boys soccer team defeated visiting Casa Grande, 2-0, on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCS Division 1 bracket.

“The defense was outstanding,” said coach Greg Lamansky after his Trojans dispatched their cross-town rivals.

“Our center back Simon Lindsay was big in the middle. He got to a lot of balls,” Lamansky added.

Providing the offense were Garwinder Purwal and Ethan Waters.

Purwal scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Waters found the back of the net in the opening minute of the second period.

Keeper Julio Hernandez picked up the shutout.

Petaluma, the No. 8 seed and champion of the Sonoma County League, will take a 16-4-2 record into the quarterfinal round. The Trojans will play Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rancho Cotate, the North Bay League champion. Casa Grande winds up 9-8-1.


At Rohnert Park, Enrique Gomez scored the only goal the Cougars would need in a game matching the top seed against the bottom seed.

The goal came near the end of the first half and was on a deflection off a Eureka player.

Rancho’s season continues with a 16-1-3 record, while Eureka finishes 7-7-2.


At Fortuna, Jay Schlesinger and Daniel Guerrero scored in the first half for the Vikings.

“The guys played well,” Montgomery coach Jon Schwann said. “Fortuna’s field is a tough environment to play in, but we kept our composure.”

Montgomery, now sporting a 14-5-2 record, will host Santa Rosa on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Santa Rosa advanced by defeating Tamalpais, the two-time defending Division 1 champion.

BRANSON 2, HEALDSBURG 2 (Branson wins on penalty kicks)

At San Anselmo, the schools were tied after two overtimes and free kicks decided the outcome.

Branson converted four penalty kicks to win the Division 2 match, while the Greyhounds made only two.

Healdsburg was 20 seconds from winning the game in regulation. That was how much time was left on the clock when the Bulls made it 2-2.

Carlos Madrigal scored Healdsburg’s goals in a five-minute span in the first half.

Victor Guzman and Bernardo Quiroz made the free kicks for the Greyhounds.

Healdsburg, the No. 12 seed, finishes the season with a 10-8-3 record.


At Santa Rosa, Tyler Candon had a goal and an assist as the Coyotes advanced in the Division 3 bracket.

Liam Koling and Eduardo Garcia also had goals.

No. 6 seed Sonoma Academy will take an 8-10-3 record to Rincon Valley Christian on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. match.
Waldorf, the No. 11 seed, completes play with a 5-6-3 mark.


In a Division 1 girls match, the Trojans scored four times in the first half to eliminate the Prospectors.

Megan Stavish led the attack with two goals and two assists.

Petaluma, the No. 6 seed, is now 11-3-2, while Piner winds up 11-11-1. The Trojans will visit Analy on Saturday at 7 p.m.