After getting a win and tie at the River City Cup on Friday in Sacramento, the American Canyon High School girls soccer team needed a 2-0 victory to win its group and got it against Edison.
In the first half, Jaylynn Del Rosario broke the deadlock 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 Ana 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. Playing 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. 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 Girls Wrestling
Crushers all make finals in Vallejo
Vintage opened its season at the Vallejo Invitational on Saturday, and all seven of its grapplers reached the finals. Placing first were Chloe Jones (120 pounds) and Erika Eberhardt (146), who each had three pins; IzzaBelle Ygnalaga (135), who had two pins and an 18-5 major decision; and Martha Avina (200), whose two pins included one in just 14 seconds. Placing second were Madeline Maurer (115), who had two pins; Shawana Ma, who had a pin and 16-2 major decision; and Romina Castro (154), who had a pin and a bye.
The Crushers will compete next in Pittsburg’s Pirate Classic next Saturday.
Varsity Girls Basketball
Vintage goes 1-2 in tourney
The Crushers went 1-2 in Sonoma Valley’s Lady Dragon Tournament, opening with a 37-35 loss to Analy in Thursday’s opener.
“We played solid defense all night but couldn’t get any offensive momentum going,” Crushers head coach Joe Donohoe said.
Carlyn Bacci and Maggie Schuh led Vintage with eight points each, Bailey Loban chipped in six points, four rebounds and three assists, Kate Ilsley had five points, six rebounds and four steals, Nicole Gleeson had four points, four steals and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Megan Kuehl added two points.
San Marin downed the Crushers 39-32 on Friday.
“Our defense again was solid and our scoring was well balanced, although we shot a very poor 28 percent on field goals,” Donohoe said.
Kuehl had eight points and three rebounds, Gleeson six points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, Loban five points, Dellaina Morse and Morgan Groves four points each, Maggie Schuh three points, and Kate Ilsley two points.
The Crushers bounced back Saturday with a 44-27 win over Northgate, holding the Broncos to single-digit scoring in each quarter.
“We were able to get better shots because of a collective effort to make the extra pass and that helped our field-goal percentage get up above 45 percent, where we hope to be at nightly,” Donohoe said.
Loban led the scoring with 11 points and made the all-tournament team, playing “tremendous defense all three games,” Donohoe said. Kuehl had a strong game with eight points and seven rebounds, Schuh had another six points, Ilsley collected four points and five rebounds, Morse had three points, Maite Macias and Maya Sapienza two points each, and Groves made her first varsity start as a sophomore and recorded two points, seven rebounds and two steals.
“Overall, I’m happy we were able to hold our opponents to single-digit scoring in nine of the 12 quarters we played,” Donohoe concluded. “Our effort level was fantastic. It’s early in the season and I am sure we will work hard to improve ourselves as a team.”
The Crushers (2-2) will visit Santa Rosa on Wednesday.
JV Boys Wrestling
Crushers medal at Vallejo tourney
Nine of the 10 Vintage wrestlers who competed in the Vallejo Invitational on Saturday came home with medals.
Leading the way was 115-pound champion Reece Imrie, with with three pins. Taking second place were Eduardo Balbuena (118), Dominic Dandini (131) and Justin Verville (232) with two pins apiece, and Tyler Linstad (120), Tyler Fernandez (130) and Saul Valle (158), who had one pin each. Garnering third-place medals were Arnie Mjeldi (141) and Rene Lopez (159), with one pin each. The Crushers will be at the Clayton Valley Shootout in Concord next week.