Maria Carrillo girls close in on 4th consecutive title

By HOWARD SENZELL

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Maria Carrillo’s girls team is one win away from winning its fourth consecutive North Coast Section Division 1 crown.

The Pumas breezed into the finals by defeating visiting Casa Grande, 7-0, Wednesday night.

Yvette Perez, who also kicks for the football team, scored the only goal top-seeded Carrillo would need just three minutes into the game.

The Pumas bumped the lead to 3-0 at halftime.

“We’re playing really, really well,” coach Debra LaPrath said. “We’re fine-tuning the things you want to fine tune at playoff time. The girls are responding to the challenge of what it takes to win an NCS title. They’re doing the simple things well.”

Seven players scored. Besides Perez, the goals were by Alexis Flores, Sydney Rickert, Brooke Dunbar, Maya Barton, Annika Cerini and Amy Glaser.

While the offense was hitting on all cylinders, goalkeeper Claire Howard posted her 17th shutout in 22 games.

Opponents have scored only six goals against the Pumas.

“That’s really an unbelievable stat,” LaPrath said. “She deserves props for the way she’s played this season.”

Montgomery is the team that stands between Carrillo and another NCS banner. The schools met twice during the North Bay League season with the Pumas coming out on top 4-0 and 2-0.

SONOMA ACADEMY 3, ROSELAND PREP 0

At Sonoma Academy, the unbeaten Coyotes moved a step closer to defending their Division 3 title.

The teams played a scoreless first half before Savannah Stoughton notched her 33rd goal of the season shortly after intermission. Katie Johansen and Kayja Mann then added insurance goals.

Keeper Audrey von Raesfeld kept Roseland off the scoreboard.

“It was a competitive game,” Coyotes coach Chris Ziemer said. “We created a lot of scoring chances.”

Sonoma Academy, the No. 1 seed, will play No. 2 St. Vincent on Saturday.

ST. VINCENT 3, MIDDLETOWN 1

At Petaluma, freshman Neila Gross scored twice and Grace Hosbein came up with the go-ahead goal.

The score was 1-1 when Hosbein connected on a penalty kick with 10 minutes left in the first half. Katie Gross drew the foul when she was tripped near the Middletown goal.

“The back line play of Taylor Owen and Grace Hosbein was outstanding,” coach Kevin Richardson said. “It was a controlling performance.”

St. Vincent is 17-2-2 and Middletown ended the season 15-3-3.

In boys action:

ANDERSON VALLEY 3, TOMALES 2

At Boonville, the Panthers are one game away from a three-peat in Division 3.

Anderson Valley, the No. 1 seed, will play No. 2 Making Waves Academy for the title at 2  p.m. on Saturday.

The win over Tomales avenged an early-season defeat.

“It was good to get even and move on to the championship game,” coach Steve Sparks said. “We didn’t execute well but dominated play. In fact, it was one of the worst games we’ve played all year. We’ll need an improved effort if we’re going to win the championship on Saturday. I hope the guys come ready to play.”

Moises Segura, Chirro Tovar and Fernando Ferreyra had the Anderson Valley goals.

The Panthers are now 19-2-1 while Tomales winds up 14-5-1.

MAKING WAVES ACADEMY 3, SONOMA ACADEMY 1

At Richmond, all the scoring took place in the final 15 minutes.

Tyler Camdon accounted for the Coyotes’ goal with an assist from Remy Barbiero.

A turning point came with 20 minutes remaining when Sonoma Academy keeper Andrew Bailey left the game with a shoulder injury.

“The guys gave 100 percent,” coach Noah Parker said. “They did that all year. It’s been a great group to work with.”

The Coyotes, the No. 6 seed, finished the season 8-11-3.