The American Canyon High girls soccer team opened the two-day River City Raider Cup Classic on Friday by defeating Rosemont, 6-1, and tying El Capitan-Merced, 2-2, in Sacramento.
The Wolves led Rosemont 2-0 at halftime after Jaylynn Del Rosario scored and then drew a penalty kick that fellow captain Ana Herrera buried in the net. Del Rosario and Herrera each scored again in the second half for a 4-0 lead. After the Wolverines got on the board, two freshmen brought up from the junior varsity, Tanya Rivas and Isabelle Aguilera, notched their first varsity goals.
American Canyon’s second match saw El Capitan strike first, but Herrera scored on a Rivas assist and it was 1-1 at halftime. Herrera put the Wolves up 2-1, taking the ball at midfield down the left side, making two feints to cross as she approached the goal, and made a difficult shot across the mouth of the goal to score inside the far post. But the Gauchos equalized with a goal on a 20-yard free kick.
On Saturday, the Wolves needed a 2-0 victory to win their group and got it against Edison. Del Rosario scored in the 15th minute with a cross from Christin Locke for a 1-0 halftime lead. Isabelle Ramos attacked the goal and drew a foul for a penalty kick that Herrera buried in the back of the net for the margin necessary to move into the championship. Head coach Travis Behn said goalkeeper Cameron Causey was the Wolves’ player of the match for keeping a clean sheet.
After a mere one-hour turnaround, American Canyon got a chance to make history and play for its first-ever girls varsity soccer trophy. Facing a Monterey Trail team with a very fast attack, the Wolves pitched another shutout in regulation as the scoreless match had to be decided by penalty kicks, but the Mustangs won the shootout, 4-3.
“We had five brave girls step up and it just didn’t happen for us. We played a great match – one where we may have been overmatched with speed, but Cameron Causey kept a clean sheet to give us a chance,” Behn said, adding that Korie Harvey was his player of the match. “She helped the defense as a whole to adapt to speed of Monterey Trail.”
Varsity Boys Basketball
The Wolves improved to 2-1 with a 69-36 rout of visiting Ygnacio Valley on Tuesday, as Malik Ghiden’s 16 points led a nine-player scoring attack. Roman Madayag added 15, Davin Lusung nine, Matthew Clinton six, Kyle Tabas and Oliver Aandahl five apiece, LaVar Seay and John Wade four each, Cameron Williams three, and Billy Biondini two.
The Wolves were coming off Saturday’s 68-44 loss to De Anza in El Sobrante, despite 10 points from Madayag and nine from Ghiden.
In a season-opening 75-43 win over visiting Analy on Nov. 28, Ghiden scored 17, Aandahl 12, and Tabas, Lusung and Wade 10 each.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Wolves remained winless during their tough preseason, falling 76-25 at St. Patrick-St. Vincent on Tuesday. Robyn-Elizabeth Yan had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals, Adriauna Samodio eight points and five rebounds, Trinity Tapia two points, two steals, three rebounds and two assists, Jade Miller two points and two boards, and Erika Culannay two points and an assist.
At their Winter Wolf Classic last weekend, the Wolves fell 44-37 to Florin, 55-32 to Woodcreek and 47-36 to Santa Rosa. For the tournament, Yan had 40 points, Samodio 35, Mariah Carlyle 12, Lauren Summers and Tapia six apiece, Ima Tapaoan four, and Culannay two.
American Canyon’s Lucas Gramlick won the 285-pound championship and was named Most Valuable Wrestler of the Vista del Lago Invitational varsity tournament Saturday in Folsom. Aaron Villa Carlos placed sixth at 138 pounds.
Other Wolves competed Saturday in the Vallejo Invitational, where their tournament champions were Maylin Reyes (101 pounds), Maricela Seronio (106), Yvonne Cruz (116) and Angelina Ramirez (137).
Placing second were Alexis Schueller (165), Lillian Gramlick (189), Nate Pult (106), Devin Wakin (110), Jonathan Su (138), Justin Del Rosario (145), Fabian Moreno (152), Glen Garduce (220), EJ Beronilla (140) and Elijah Beronilla (100).
Taking third were Marben Centeno (180), Jason Hester (106), Christian Gomez (132), Ezekiel Anderson (145), Davion Salanga (152) and Angelina Turner (140). Placing fourth were Gabriel Camacho (106), Benjamin Gomez (120), Devin Garingarao (126), Ivan Romero (138), Joshua Ricafort (140), Evandrick Bagta (152), Colten Pittman (160), Joshua Garduce (182), Shannon McClinton (195) and Ronald Hamilton (285).