NCS soccer roundup: Sonoma Academy girls go undefeated to grab title

By RICHARD J. MARCUS

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The top-seeded Sonoma Academy girls’ soccer team ensured an undefeated season by beating second-seeded St. Vincent 5-1 on Saturday in the NCS Division 3 final at Rancho Cotate High.

It’s the second year the Coyotes (24-0-1) have won the NCS title.

“We finished the year undefeated and that is something Sonoma Academy has never accomplished. It’s also the most wins we have ever had,” Coyotes coach Chris Ziemer said. “It’s been a great season.”

Sonoma Academy’s one tie came against the rival Mustangs (17-3-2). The Coyotes also defeated St. Vincent during the regular season.

“In our previous two meetings with St. Vincent we had to come back from a goal down, so tonight we wanted to get ahead from the beginning,” Ziemer said. “St. Vincent battled, but we have an explosive offense and have been scoring goals all year.”

The Coyotes led 2-0 at halftime after goals by Savannah Stoughton and Sally Ziemer. After surrendering a goal to St. Vincent in the 54th minute, the Coyotes put the game away with goals by Chloe Colbert, Ziemer and Colbert again.

“We created chances and finished our opportunities,” coach Ziemer said. “We broke open the game in the middle of the second half and never looked back.”

In boys play:

ANDERSON VALLEY 2, MAKING WAVES ACADEMY 1

At Anderson Valley, the Panthers (20-2-1) needed a late goal in the 73rd minute to avoid overtime and clinch the NCS Division 3 title over the Marlins (21-2).

“Our team gave one of its better performances, which we needed to do against Making Waves (Richmond),” Anderson Valley coach Steve Sparks said. “We have been in four finals in the past five years (Panthers won titles in 2010 and 2012-13) and this was by far the toughest. It was a battle.”

The Panthers took the lead 1-0 in the eighth minute on a 12-yard shot by Chirro Tovar. Making Waves tied it 1-1 in the 28th minute off a 6-yard header from a corner kick.

Anderson Valley scored the winner with seven minutes to play as Fernando Ferreyra blasted a ball from the wing 25 yards out that the Marlins goalie blocked, sending the ball back into the field. Tovar was there to clean up the rebound with a goal from 10-yards out and a 2-1 Panthers lead.

“It was an intense, physical and hard-fought game,” Sparks said. “This has been a very satisfying season.”

TERRA LINDA 1, MONTGOMERY 1

At Terra Linda, playing without top scorer Evan Martinez (21 goals), who was ineligible due to drawing a red card in the semi-final, the visiting Vikings (16-6-2) went into a defensive mode and took the Trojans (15-2-6) to the brink before losing 5-4 on penalty kicks.

“We missed Evan immensely. He is our leading scorer and there is no way to replace him,” Montgomery coach Jonathan Schwan said. “It changed our style and our offensive attack. We played a large part of the game defending.”

Montgomery took the lead in the seventh minute on a counter-attack as Alex Gomez scored while collided with the Terra Linda (San Rafael) goalie, who left the game with an injury.

Vikings goalie Jordan Page stopped a penalty kick in the 20th minute to preserve the 1-0 Montgomery lead. Terra Linda got the equalizer in the 70th minute off a 2-yard header from a corner kick.

Montgomery, which also lost last year in the NCS title game, played a man short for the final 15 of 20 minutes in the combined overtimes due to a second yellow card issued to a Vikings player. Montgomery had a chance to win on its fifth PK, but it was blocked by a Terra Linda field player filling in at goalie.