Sonora varsity girls soccer beat Livingston Wednesday night and Sonora varsity boys basketball defeated Riverbank as both teams advanced in their playoffs brackets to host second-round home games this Friday.
Girls soccer playoffs
Wildcats Mikaela Patterson scored a hat trick and Brenna Canepa and Amarys Machado scored two goals each as #4 seed Sonora beat #13 seed Livingston 7-1 in their first-round CIF Sac-Joaquin Section girls soccer playoffs match at Dunlavy Field.
Sonora advances in their Division IV bracket to play #5 seed El Dorado at 6 p.m. Friday at home again in Sonora.
“Tonight’s game was a great building block for us,” Kurt Wolken, Sonora’s varsity girls soccer head coach, said after the match Wednesday night. The team had become dependent on playing the ball wide, and earlier this week they prepared for Livingston by trying to spread the ball around more and use more aspects of their attack. “We have a few things to tighten up before Friday versus El Dorado.”
The Wildcats will practice Thursday afternoon “but low key and make sure we have fun and recover at the same time,” Wolken said. Wolken said no players were injured in Wednesday night’s game and the team is stronger now than it’s been all season.
Also in Division IV girls soccer playoffs Wednesday, #15 seed Calaveras lost 5-0 to #2 seed Casa Roble in Sacramento County, ending postseason play for Calaveras. Casa Roble moves on to host #10 seed Venture Academy on Friday in Orangevale.
Boys basketball playoffs
Sonora senior Austin Patterson scored 17 points, senior center Gabe Milbourn scored 14, and sophomore guard Callahan Hanson scored 8 points to help lead the top-seeded Wildcats to a 63-45 win over #17 seed Riverbank on Wednesday night in Bud Castle Gym.
Sonora advances in their Division IV bracket to play #9 seed West Campus at 7 p.m. Friday at home again in Sonora.
“It was a hard fought game,” Lloyd Longeway, the Sonora head coach for varsity boys basketball, said after the game. The Wildcats are going to practice Thursday afternoon and get ready for Friday, Longeway said.
Also in Division IV boys basketball playoffs Wednesday, #5 seed Calaveras defeated #12 seed Hilmar 51-42 in San Andreas, and #6 seed Amador beat #11 seed Escalon 60-55 in Sutter Creek.
Calaveras advances to play #4 seed El Dorado on the road in Placerville, and Amador moves on to play #3 seed Liberty Ranch on the road in Sacramento County. Both games are scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday.
Division IV girls basketball playoffs involving Mother Lode League teams are scheduled Thursday, with #3 seed Calaveras hosting #6 Ripon in San Andreas and #1 seed Argonaut hosting #9 Dixon in Jackson. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.
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