Montgomery, Sonoma Academy Girls Pitch Shutouts To Clinch NCS Titles
By Dale Watkins
Two NCS girls’ soccer champions would be crowned Saturday night at Santa Rosa High School. Small school powerhouses St. Vincent and Sonoma Academy would duel to decide the Division 3 title, while Windsor and Montgomery battled for Division 1 supremacy in the nightcap.
The Coyotes would work a little tic-tac-toe action in the 25th minute, as Sophia Vargas relayed the ball to Gabi Tukman and back to Katie Johansen in stride, and Johansen would do the rest, scoring the game’s first goal. At the end of the first half, Vargas displayed some nifty footwork before knocking it past the diving goalie with the left foot and into the lower-right corner of the net, making the SA lead 2-0 at the half.
Sophomore Sage Stack corralled a corner kick, made some moves, and blasted it past the goalie in the 68th minute of action. Senior star Katie Johansen would put on the finishing touches minutes later, as she crossed her defender over, and then unleashed a close-range shot straight at the goalie. But the ball ricocheted off her block attempt and trickled in for yet another Coyote goal.
Athena Edwards’ two shots which bounced right off the goal-posts would be as close as the Mustangs would get to actually scoring. Sonoma Academy would cruise to an easy 4-0 victory, earning their fourth straight Division 3 championship; a true story-book ending to cap off an undefeated season.
In the nightcap, Montgomery would dominate time of possession throughout the game, keeping most of the action pinned inside Windsor territory. Gabby Albavera’s back-to-back goals would lead the way. The second of those goals was set up perfectly by Regan Connell’s corner kick, as Albavera soared over the defense to knock in the header past a frozen Briana Davis, pushing the Monty lead to 2-0 only 25 minutes in.
Cindy Arteaga would swerve her way around a multitude of Jaguars looking for an open shot, making bodies hit the floor trying to stop her. She would lose control of the ball temporarily, but Micky Rosenbaum would come flying out of nowhere and blast a goal through the top shelf over Davis’ reach, much to the delight of the Viking fans, but to the chagrin of the Jaguars’.
Although they upset Maria Carrillo to get here, Windsor was clearly overmatched in this one, not being able to get anything easy against a suffocating Viking defense. They would struggle to even get the ball past midfield, let alone find an open shot on goal. It’s no surprise why Montgomery is the #1 ranked team in the state with extraordinary performances like this, as they steamrolled the Jags en route to a 3-0 final and a prestigious overall record of 22-1.
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