Empire roundup: Gonzalez, Ziemer named to All-American team

Maria Carrillo's Madison Gonzalez takes the ball across the field as Montgomery's Natalie Vigil pressures her during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Monday, September 22, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Madison Gonzalez takes the ball across the field as Montgomery’s Natalie Vigil pressures her during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Monday, September 22, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Two of the Redwood Empire’s best girls soccer players were honored as All-Americans this week.

Montgomery's Taylor Ziemer takes the ball up field during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Monday, September 22, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Montgomery’s Taylor Ziemer takes the ball up field during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Monday, September 22, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Maddy Gonzalez and Montgomery’s Taylor Ziemer, who are both entering their senior seasons this fall, were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Fall All-America girls soccer team.

Gonzalez, a two-time All-Empire Player of the Year, was named a first-team All-American. She led the Pumas to a 60-0-2 record during her three seasons.

Last season, Gonzalez had 23 goals and 21 assists. In the past two seasons, she has 44 goals and 36 assists. Gonzalez has committed to play soccer at Santa Clara after high school.

Ziemer, a first-team All-Empire player the past three years, is a second-team All-American. She had 29 goals and 15 assists to lead the Vikings to a 21-4 record last season, including 11-2 in the North Bay League. In her three seasons with Montgomery, the team has a 55-13-1 record. Ziemer will play college soccer at the University of Virginia.

TopDrawerSoccer releases its All-America teams at the end of each school year so it can honor players who compete in the fall, winter and spring. The fall team is comprised of 12 first-team and 12 second-team players from across the country.

 

Former Ukiah High athletes Ryan Morris, left, and Austin Morris play on the rugby team at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo.

Former Ukiah High athletes Ryan Morris, left, and Austin Morris play on the rugby team at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo.

UKIAH BROTHERS GET RUGBY HONOR

Ryan Morris and Austin Morris, former students and basketball players at Ukiah High School, were named to the USA Rugby All-American team as honorable mentions.

The brothers attend and play rugby for the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. Ryan is a senior, Austin a junior. They are majoring in marine transportations and will have a U.S. Coast Guard Deck Office license upon graduation.

INDY CAR SNEAK PREVIEW

Race fans can attend a free test session next Thursday at Sonoma Raceway.

Seven Verizon IndyCar drivers are confirmed for the one-day test, which marks the teams’ final chance to prepare for the series season finale at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 28-30. Seven Indy Lights drivers, including the top three in the championship standings, will share the test day in Verizon IndyCar Series cars.

The line of IndyCar racers comprises Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais, Graham Rahal, Ryan Briscoe and Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power.

Testing will span from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans with tickets to the upcoming GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be given a free pit tour for an up-close look at the cars and drivers. The Raceway Café will also be open for lunch.

There will be a lunchtime press conference that fans will be invited to attend, pending space.