The second-place American Canyon High soccer teams had several players receive All-Solano County Athletic Conference recognition.
For the girls (7-2-1 SCAC), who finished alone in second behind Benicia, seniors Ana Herrera, Rebecca Richards and Jaylynn Del Rosario and junior Alexus Jackson were named to the First Team, junior Camill Bagta and sophomore Korie Harvey made the Second Team, and junior Isabelle Ramos and sophomore Greta Fast received Honorable Mention.
The boys (5-2-3 SCAC), who shared second place with Benicia behind champion Vallejo, landed seniors Alexander Gonzalez and Daniel Torres and junior Jose Lopez on the First Team and seniors Isaac Hernandez and Mario Diaz on the Second Team, while seniors Eduardo Hernandez and Gabriel Hernandez received Honorable Mention.
Varsity Girls Soccer
Two locals named All-MEL
Napa High senior Berenice Lara-Gonzalez and Vintage High senior Jordan Cooper have been named to the All-Monticello Empire League First Team.
For league champion Vacaville (8-0-2 MEL) Kirstyn Gottchall is the Goalkeeper of the Year, Jisell Diaz, Gracie Pollen, Jenna Bosetti and Haley Brunga join her on the First Team, and Drew Talton is the Coach of the Year.
For runner-up Armijo (7-0-3 MEL), Abby Wolf is the Defensive Most Valuable Player, and is joined on the First Team by Nadiah Martinez, Mikeila Martinez, Leah Eccles and Laura Wadsworth.
For third-place Rodriguez (6-3-1 MEL), Emily Smith is the Offensive MVP and is joined on the First Team by Alexis Castillo. Wood’s Samarah Henricks rounds out the First Team.
Piedmont 3, St. Helena 2
The Saints (0-2) were dealt a deflating nonleague loss on the road Saturday, surrendering one run in each of the final three innings after leading for much of the contest. Multiple errors by St. Helena’s defense contributed to the Highlanders’ comeback.
The defeat was made even worse for the visitors as senior center fielder Ryan Rockwood went down with a serious leg injury on the final play of the game. According to Saints assistant coach Jim Gamble, he was diagnosed with a fractured tibia and underwent season-ending surgery Sunday.
Piedmont’s Joe Sassi notched an extra-base, walk-off hit to deep center field to score Matthias Haggerty from first base.
St. Helena pushed one run across in the second and third innings. In the second, Carlos Acuna (1 for 2, RBI, walk) hit an RBI single to score Caleb Granados, who started the rally with a lead-off walk. In the third, Casey Walker (1 for 4, RBI) cranked an RBI double to plate Caleb Jeske (1 for 3, run, walk, steal), who started that rally with a lead-off single and later stole second base with two outs.
Jeske was the starting pitcher for the Saints. He tossed five innings and surrendered one unearned run, two hits, three walks and struck out four. Zack Flood pitched an inning of relief and allowed one run on one hit. Stephen Collins took the loss, surrendering the final run in the seventh.
Miramonte 12, American Canyon 0, 5 innings
The Wolves dropped their season opener at home Monday, falling victim to a perfect game by 6-foot-2 Matadors junior pitcher Declan McManus.
Gustavo Ramirez pitched the first three innings for American Canyon, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits, three walks and one strikeout. Caleb Vallejo gave up four earned runs in the fourth on three hits and four walks. Liam Miller pitched the fifth, allowing one hit.
The Wolves are scheduled to host Vintage at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
St. Helena 5, Piedmont 4
The Saints (1-0) trailed by as many as three runs in Saturday’s season opener at Piedmont, but fought back with rallies in the fourth and sixth innings to snatch the win.
Down 3-0 in the fourth, Jonathan Gamble (RBI, run, walk) scored Sam Coltrin, forcing an error on a ball that got past the shortstop. With Javin Jorgenson at the plate, Gabe Cornejo (1 for 4, run) raced home on a wild pitch to narrow the deficit to 3-2.
In the sixth, three consecutive walks loaded the bases for the Saints. Conlan Harrington (1 for 1, RBI) smacked a clutch pinch hit to left field in his first prep at-bat, scoring Coltrin. With two outs, Jackson Dena (1 for 4, double, two RBIs) launched a two-RBI double to plate Liam Gilson (walk, run) and Gamble.
Gamble and Gilson teamed up for three scoreless innings of relief to preserve the lead for the Saints. Coltrin was the starting pitcher and finished with two innings, three runs, four hits, and struck out five. Cornejo pitched the third and fourth frames, allowing one run, one hit and struck out one.
St. Helena hosts Berean Christian at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.