April 1, 2023
Riley Fenyves of Casa Grande, taking the ball down the field next to Gabriella Ryan of Justin-Siena High at a Casa Grande home game held in Petaluma, Calif. on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.(Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press  Democrat)

Thursday marks the beginning of the Vine Valley Athletic League (VVAL) season for each boys’ and women’ soccer, and Sonoma County groups are wanting to get issues rolling.

Casa Grande, Sonoma Valley and Petaluma have improved their rosters over final 12 months, with some retaining league titles whereas others trying to compete.

The consensus is that there are a lot of extra pairs this 12 months than in earlier years and this may very well be an thrilling season.

Let’s check out how these groups stack as much as the remainder of the league.


Casa Grande was on the point of the league title final season and narrowly misplaced to Classic. Nonetheless, they beat each Napa and Classic final season.

The Gauchos have a comparatively youthful roster this 12 months, with 13 seniors graduating from final 12 months’s group. Regardless of this, they had been undefeated within the preseason, beating Windsor and Santa Rosa of the NBL.

Assistant coaches Kevin Richardson and Jordan Schalu have loads of gamers on their roster to compete for the VVAL title as soon as once more. Hold an eye fixed out for younger Hayden Holbrook in addition to seniors Adriano Soriano and Kevyn Altamirano.

Sonoma Valley is one other group that might make waves at VVAL this 12 months. Dragons, a younger group similar to Casa, will attempt to break into the highest three after ending final season in fourth place.

A spectacular pre-season noticed Sonoma Valley draw with Maria Carrillo, San Rafael and Wooden (Vacaville). A 1-0 loss to NBL powerhouse Montgomery also needs to be famous.

Petaluma, who performed with the Dragons within the VVAL opening, can also be having a aggressive preseason. Dominant wins in opposition to Elsie Allen and Vanden (Fairfield) high their listing, as do shut losses to Windsor and Rancho Cotate.

Junior Julian Lozanov and senior Alexander Quezada will probably be key gamers for the Trojans, who will attempt to end final 12 months’s final place.


Casa Grande will attempt to defend the league crown. Like their fellow boys on the boy facet, they only completed a significant senior 12 months final 12 months.

Whereas the Gauchos’ preseason report (1-3-1) is not all that spectacular, it is price noting that they performed one of many hardest exhibits within the division. Nonetheless, senior Natalia Younger and freshman Bailey Guerrero will type a stability group, hoping to repeat.

On the opposite facet of Petaluma, the Trojans would slightly snatch that league title from their cross-country rivals who completed second final 12 months. In each conferences, they tied the Casa.

Senior Kathryn Hale, who scored three objectives in a 5-1 match in opposition to Helena, will lead the assault and Olivia Alexander will probably be a key participant.

Sonoma Valley, which completed fifth within the league a season in the past, has all of the instruments to advance that objective. Shut losses to Ukiah and Rancho Cotate, together with a draw with Analy and a win over Roseland College Prep, spotlight their preseason.

Workers Author Kienan O’Doherty may be reached at 415-887-8650 or kienan.odoherty@pressdemocrat.com. @kodoherty22 on Twitter.

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