The Amador and Argonaut high school girls soccer teams met for the fourth time this season on Thursday, March 25 in Sutter Creek and for the fourth consecutive time, one goal or less was all that separated these rivals.
The latest installment was another physical battle that remained scoreless until the last minute of play, when a final run by the Buffaloes put the ball on the foot of junior Mckenna Brosz, who deposited the game-winning goal just 20 seconds before the final whistle, giving Amador a 1-0 win.
“The game was the usual meeting of Amador and Argonaut,” Amador coach Anthony Peters said. “Tough play, back and forth opportunities to score and plenty of runs made by both teams.”
Amador (3-1-2) now leads the tightly-contested season series between the two rival teams 2-1-1 with one final showdown scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 at 5:45 p.m. in Sutter Creek. Amador won the first game 1-0 on March 9, Argonaut won the next game 1-0 on March 11 – marking the Mustangs’ first win over Amador since 2008 – and the third game was a 0-0 draw on March 23.
Prior to the start of last Thursday’s game, Amador recognized five seniors from this year’s team who have been a part of the Amador girls soccer program for the past four years: Jessie Morford, Sydnee Peters, Mackenzie Kraft, Hailey Young and Emily East.
“These young ladies have been warriors all four years,” coach Peters said.
During the game, Peters credited the strong play of sweeper/stopper Melanie Chernay for leading the Amador defense.
For Argonaut, freshman wing Claudia Cress provided a spark with her strong play; and goalkeeper Kasey White played well with defensive support led by Hannah Knittel. Argonaut (2-3-2) had perhaps its best chance to score in the first half when Siena Flock delivered a nice pass to Sophia Villa, but her shot was turned away by Morford in the Amador goal.
Argonaut 2, Bret Harte 0
On Tuesday, March 30 in Angels Camp, the Mustangs scored twice in the first half and used strong defense throughout to silence the Bullfrogs.
Argonaut broke a scoreless tie at about the 20-minute mark of the first half when freshman forward Siena Flock sent a pass to junior forward Ashley SantaCruz, who out ran the Bret Harte defense and sent a hard shot low past the diving goalkeeper. About 10 minutes later, the Mustangs struck again, this time with junior stopper Hailey Alderson sending a pass up over the defense to SantaCruz, who out ran the defense and again beat the Bret Harte keeper with a low, powerful kick.
Senior defender Maria Estrada and sophomore center-midfielder Macie Reynolds played consistently well throughout the game for the Mustangs.
Calaveras 2, Amador 0
On Tuesday, March 30 in Sutter Creek, senior Zoe Stockdale scored two goals and junior Sydney Remus had an assist to lead Calaveras past the Buffaloes. Junior Bridgette Boriolo led the defensive effort for Calaveras (2-4-1).
Argonaut 5, Amador 1
Two days after an encouraging draw in Jackson, the Buffaloes hung tough early in the rematch on Thursday, March 25 in Sutter Creek, but with the game tied 1-1 in the first half, the Mustangs scored four unanswered goals for the win.
Argonaut (4-1-1) opened the game’s scoring with a goal by Michael Martinez, assisted by Jesse Flores.
Trailing 1-0 in the first half, Amador (0-5-2) evened the game on a successful penalty kick by Elias Torres, but mounting injuries took their toll on the Buffaloes as the game progressed.
Argonaut pulled ahead 2-1 before halftime on a successful penalty kick by Flores. In the second half, the Mustangs extended to a 4-1 lead on a pair of goals by German Lizaola, both assisted by Jose Sahagun off corner kicks, then capped the scoring with a goal by Alec Giron, assisted by Cooper Cross.
“We played very well, maintained possession the majority of the game,” Argonaut coach Laura Zanelli said. “Jose Sahagun has been great handling the midfield and setting up the attack. German Lizaola and Sam Bonini have also been doing an excellent job on defense and only allowed a handful of shots on goalkeeper Alex Girton.”
Amador coach Greg Wall praised the efforts of his players, including Torres and Dominic Alorro in the center of the field, Alex Nicholson and Patrick Moody at the top of the defense, and Preston Smith in goal, along with freshmen Ian Gillott, Lukas Sherman and Nolan McMahan, and sophomores Dylan Des Voignes and Jay Fillmore.
“Argonaut is a strong team and therefore we have to be at full strength to compete well, but injuries have been mounting across the past few games,” Wall said. “We lost our goalkeeper, center defender and center midfielder and those losses proved to be a big difference. For the first half, our players dug down deep to put together a nice start. Unfortunately the injury list grew to include both starting wing midfielders and the second half was a different ball game.”
Calaveras 4, Amador 2
On Tuesday, March 30 in Sutter Creek, the Buffaloes led 2-0 in the first half, but Calaveras stormed back with four unanswered goals, including three in the second half to earn the victory on the road.
Logan Gomes scored two goals for Calaveras (2-3), Jaime Espiritu and Alvin Marquez each had a goal and an assist, and Logan Jenkins added an assist.
“We dug ourselves an early hole going down two goals, definitely not in the script, but we really showed maturity beyond our years by battling to get back in the game,” Calaveras coach Rob Leetham said. “Nice to see our offense give the defense some breathing room after several tight, close games this season.”
Etienne Pieterse scored a goal for Amador with an assist from Jacob Julian, and Dominic Alorro successfully converted a penalty kick.