The Sonora Wildcats had one goal Thursday night on the soccer field, beat Calaveras by four goals and go to playoffs. Calaveras needed to avoid losing by that amount to reach postseason.
In the end, under maybe the best weather of the entire wet, rainy season, Sonora’s one goal turned into the only goal and the Wildcats finished their season with a 1-0 victory at Dunlavy Field. But they’re still done for the season while, for the second straight night, Calaveras advances while another team has its hopes dashed.
“It was a great game, but I’m kinda disappointed,” said Wildcat head coach Qani Berisha. “We’ve been working and playing well the last few games. We’ve improved a lot but too bad the season is over.”
Sonora’s goal was scored by Matthew Foster early in the first half.
Calaveras is happy to be headed to playoffs and the team’s gas tank is on empty. Calaveras a night before rallied to defeat Bret Harte to end the Bullfrogs’ season much like the Wildcats.
“We really struggled tonight,” said Calaveras head coach Rob Leetham. “It was very apparent from the start that four games in four nights was going to be a factor. Not to take anything away from Sonora, but we played like we were on fumes. Not the way we wanted to head into the playoffs, but we are excited for the opportunity. The guys have three days off to heal.”
Wildcat soccer girls advance to postseason with 3-1 win over Calaveras
Across the river, the Sonora Wildcat girls defeated Calaveras 3-1 at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas to grab the final playoff qualifying spot in the Mother Lode League.
Brenna Canepa recorded a hat trick and strong goalkeeping from Suzette Lopez keyed the victory.
Summerville boys soccers defeats Argonaut in finale
The Summerville Bears finished their season Thursday with a 2-0 victory over the Argonaut Mustangs at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.
Justin Noonan scored in the first half and Hunter Anderson converted a penalty kick in the second half.
“Justin got us going with his goal, gave us some energy,” said Bears head coach Dave Reel. “It was a good way to end our season. It was nice to see some smiles on the kids faces.”
Argonaut received five yellow cards and three red cards while the Bears received none.