Montgomery forward/midfielder Taylor Ziemer, left, controls the ball against teammate Leanna McMahon during practice at Montgomery High on Friday.
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Benefield: No such thing as too much soccer for Ziemer

Taylor Ziemer is clear that although she’s been reared in a soccer family, her world is by her design. Read Article →
Jim Whitt mows the grass on the football field at Casa Grande High School on  May 7, 2015. 
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Casa Grande’s new field to be lined with cork, not rubber

By LORI A. CARTER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Corks may soon be popping up all over Sonoma County football fields. It’s not what that sounds like, exactly. Casa Grande is now the third high school where athletes will play on turf lined with ground-up cork instead of rubber pellets, following the Petaluma school board’s vote Tuesday […] Read Article →
Luis Arriaga, 14. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Empire roundup: Soccer phenom Luis Arriaga, 14, leaves Santa Rosa

Arriaga has taken his soccer skills to Arizona, plus other Empire news and notes. Read Article →
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Empire roundup: Gonzalez, Ziemer named to All-American team

Incoming seniors selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's All-American Fall girls soccer team. Read Article →
Taylor Ziemer, center, tries to get past Samantha Zepponi, right, and Chloe Colbert, left, as members of the Santa Rosa United U17 team practice at Trione Field in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Santa Rosa Freeze girls soccer team reaches next level

The Freeze have reached the Elite Clubs National League finals. Read Article →
Maddy Gonzalez, shown in 2014, will join other Redwood Empire soccer stars at the Elite Club National League soccer tournament in Seattle. (PD FIle, 2014)

Empire sports roundup: Santa Rosa youth soccer teams in Seattle tournament

Two local soccer teams are traveling to Seattle next week, plus other news. Read Article →
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PD Preps Insider: Cal-Hi Sports honors for Barbosa, Vice-Neat, Flores

Cal Hi Sports, the state’s top authority on high school athletics, was kind to the Redwood Empire in doling out basketball honors recently. The popular web site selected three local girls for recognition. Read Article →
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SCL roundup: Petaluma wins softball title; Sonoma Valley claims baseball crown

Trojans rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Analy, 8-7. Read Article →
The Kiwanis All-Star boys game held at Santa Rosa High School, Friday, April 17, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school seniors show their stuff in Kiwanis All-Star soccer games

Friday’s soccer games were a way to build rivalries for future games to come. Read Article →
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Kiwanis All-Star Soccer set for Friday

Top soccer players from Sonoma County will converge on Santa Rosa High School Friday. Read Article →

Updated: Where Empire athletes are heading

Which colleges Empire prep athletes are committing to this week. Read Article →

All-Empire small schools girls soccer team

The All-Empire small schools girls soccer team. Read Article →
2014-15 All-Empire small schools girls soccer player of the year Chloe Colbert of Sonoma Academy. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small schools girls soccer player of the year: Chloe Colbert

Chloe Colbert, with an amazing 50 goals this year, is once again the region's top player. Read Article →
Maddy Gonzalez, Maria Carrillo Soccer

All-Empire large school girls soccer player of the year: Maddy Gonzalez

Maddy Gonzalez is Large School Player of the Year for second year running. Read Article →

All-Empire large school girls soccer team

The All-Empire large schools girls soccer team. Read Article →

North Bay League All-League Girls Soccer, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →

North Central League II All-League Girls Soccer, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →

North Central League I All-League Girls Soccer, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's goalie Claire Howard catches the ball during a game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Maria Carrillo’s impressive goalie

Just as impressive as Puma girls' offense was play of goalkeeper Claire Howard. Read Article →

Sonoma County League All-League Girls Soccer, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
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Benavides looks back to watch the ball enter the goal on a penalty kick during an NCS playoff game in 2013. Some soccer coaches and players believe it is unfair to decide a game on a shootout. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Benefield: Pressure is on when penalty kicks start

Penalty kicks are the necessary evil of soccer. Read Article →
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NCS soccer roundup: Sonoma Academy girls go undefeated to grab title

The top-seeded Sonoma Academy girls’ soccer team beat St. Vincent 5-1 on Saturday in the NCS Division 3 final. Read Article →
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Maria Carrillo girls close in on 4th consecutive title

Girls team one win away from fourth consecutive NCS Division 1 crown. Read Article →
Montgomery's Taylor Ziemer takes the ball towards the goal as Petaluma's Hannah Devoe pressures her during the game held at Montgomery High School, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Vikings set for battle

Montgomery girls' 2-1 win over Petaluma sets up title match with rival Maria Carrillo. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Hayden Pearce and Maria Carrillo's Bria VarnBuhler fight for the ball during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NCS girls soccer: Pumas keep title hopes alive with 2-0 win

Maria Carrillo girls continue their chase for a fourth league title in a row. Read Article →
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NCS soccer roundup: Montgomery boys outlast Santa Rosa in epic match

In a game that took 27 penalty kicks to decide, Montgomery’s boys soccer team edged visiting Santa Rosa in a Division 1 quarterfinal Saturday night. Read Article →
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NCS soccer roundup: Petaluma in quarterfinals with 2-0 win over Casa

Petaluma played one of its best defensive games of the year Read Article →
Madison Gonzalez and the Maria Carrillo Pumas are the top seed in the NCS Division 1 girls soccer tournament. (CRISTA JEREMIASON/ PD)

NCS soccer: Playoff brackets top-heavy with NBL squads

The NBL may have earned top seeds, but the competition promises to be wide open. Read Article →
Jose Lopez, bottom, stretches with the Elsie Allen boys soccer team during practice, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Soccer turf dilemma

Is synthetic turf the scourge of soccer, or the savior of the game? Read Article →
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Girls soccer roundup: Analy downs Piner, stays unbeaten in SCL

Sami Zepponi scored two goals in the Tigers' 5-0 victory over the Prospectors Wednesday. Read Article →