The Calistoga High boys soccer team seized control in the second half Friday against Sonoma Academy, scoring four unanswered goals to secure a 5-1 win on senior night at Logvy Park.
The Wildcats (12-2-2 overall, 10-1-1 North Central League II) struck first on the first of two goals on the day from top scorer Abad Cuenca, but Sonoma Academy’s Nuno Carvalho capitalized on a defensive lapse to even the match going into halftime.
After a few adjustments, Calistoga opened the floodgates. Mario Avina, Erik Garcia and Manuel Zavala each scored a goal in the second half. Cuenca and Manuel Garcia were the key facilitators, assisting on two goals each, and Wilmer Ulloa had an assist from the back line.
Zavala, Enrique Hernandez and Eddie Avina were honored after playing their final home game as seniors.
Calistoga 3, Rincon Valley Christian 0
It was a business-like performance for the Wildcats last Wednesday afternoon at Logvy Park in Calistoga, with Cuenca scoring all three goals in the first half. Manuel Garcia assisted on two and Erik Garcia assisted on one.
It was Cuenca’s seventh hat trick of the season, and his 37 goals in 16 games is one of the best individual performances the program has ever seen.
Varsity Girls Soccer
St. Vincent 6, Calistoga 0
The Wildcats (7-8 overall, 6-7 NCL II) only faced a 1-0 deficit after one half against the unbeaten Mustangs last Wednesday at Logvy Park in Calistoga. But the defense became porous after the break, surrendering five second-half goals.
However, it was senior night for Calistoga, which honored Cynthia Cortez, Gilda Rojas, Karen Valentin, Jasmine Lopez, and Yesnia Carillo after the game.
Three Calistoga teams qualify to championship tourneys
On Sunday the North Coast Section announced the first wave of fall sports playoff brackets, and three Calistoga High teams made the cut.
The Wildcats boys soccer team (12-2-2) received the highest seed of the postseason trio, ranked No. 3 in the Division 2 bracket. They will host California Crosspoint Academy (4-8-1) of Hayward at Rincon Valley Christian in Santa Rosa Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rams are a member of the Bay Counties League and compiled a 3-4 record against their peers. Whichever side advances will play the winner of Drew-Mendocino in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
After the boys soccer match, the fifth-seeded girls soccer team will play host RVC, the No. 5 seed, in a Division 3 playoff opener. The Wildcats (7-8) lost their only North Central League II meeting against the Eagles (6-7) this season, going down 6-3 in Santa Rosa on Sept. 13. The second game was canceled because of the wildfires. The winner of No. 1 St. Vincent-No. 8 Upper Lake will be waiting in the semifinals Saturday.
The Wildcats volleyball team (12-7) is slated to make its second consecutive appearance in the playoffs, earning the No. 7 seed in the Division 6 playoffs. They will host North Hills Christian (12-7) of Vallejo Wednesday at 7 p.m. The visiting Eagles are members of the Bay Area Christian Athletic League and finished second in the standings.
This is their third year fielding a volleyball team and will be their second-ever playoff appearance. The last time they reached the postseason in 2015, they upset Calistoga’s North Central League III peer, Laytonville, in this very same 7 vs. 10 matchup.
Results from Wednesday’s playoff action was unavailable due to early print deadlines. Visit napavalleyregister.com/sports or pick up next week’s paper for full coverage