The new year has been like a new season for the American Canyon High girls soccer team.
The Wolves went into the holiday break on a seven-game winless streak – six losses and a tie in a 17-day span.
But after 17 days away from competition, they pulled out a 4-2 win at Napa High on Jan. and followed it up Monday night with a 3-1 win over visiting Wood.
Jaylynn Del Rosario had two goals to lead the way at Napa. Ana Herrera and Isabelle Ramos each scored one, and Korey Harvey and Herrera each had an assist.
Against Wood, Rebecca Richards, Herrera and Ramos scored and Alexus Jackson had two assists as American Canyon wrapped up a 4-7-2 nonleague campaign.
They will open their final Solano County Athletic Conference campaign by visiting Benicia (9-4) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers haven’t played since Dec. 15.
The Wolves came off a 27-day holiday break from competition with several players nursing injuries and fell 6-0 at Vintage in their final nonleague contest on Tuesday night. They will open SCAC action against visiting Benicia (2-1-4) at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Malik Ghiden scored a career-high 33 points and had five rebounds and two steals as the Wolves closed out their tough preseason with a 74-52 home win Rodriguez on Jan. 5.
John Wade added nine points, Tyler Sims eight, and Roman Madayag six. Oliver Aandahl and Kyle Tabas each took a charge to spark the defense.
American Canyon was coming off a 69-48 road loss to defending Division IV state champion St. Patrick-St. Vincent on Jan. 3 in Vallejo. Sims had 17 points, Ghiden 14 and Madayag eight to lead the American Canyon.
The Wolves (8-7), who have yet to win or lose two in a row this season, will open SCAC play at Benicia on Friday night.
The Club Solano Volleyball 15-1 Maroon team, which has players from American Canyon, Benicia, Fairfield, Vallejo and Vacaville, competed in the NCVA 18 Non-League tournament on Saturday at the Mare Island Sports Complex in Vallejo. The team went 2-2 in league play and finished sixth overall in tournament play.
“The girls played some good volleyball as they competed up in division,” coach Rick Manibusan said. “They were excited to compete at this level and they did not disappoint.”
Controlling the middle front was Molly Duane (six blocks, 12 digs, 11 kills), Kenzie Dado (five blocks, six kills), Christiana Cruz (four aces, four blocks, five kills) and Samantha Carelock (eight blocks, 16 kills).
Standouts in the hitting department were Maria Concepcion (three aces, 14 digs, 10 kills), Cassidy Horn (three aces, 11 digs, nine kills) and Gabrielle Coleman (three aces, seven digs, 11 kills).
Holding down the back row were Aldine Lusung (six aces, 15 digs, six kills) and Caytlin Capulong (10 aces, 25 digs), Jessica Manno (two aces, 10 digs, 12 assists) and Kehaunani Wilson (three aces, eight digs, 34 assists).