HOW 'BOUT THOSE LADY HAWKS!
The eighth-seeded Las Positas women's soccer team pocketed an exciting 4-3 win over No. 9 Sierra Saturday in the first round of the NorCal regional playoffs.
Despite playing 10 against 11 over the final two-thirds of the match after being stunned by a straight red card, the host Hawks would not be denied.
Standout Camilla Fonseca broke a 3-3 tie with the winning goal in the 84th minute, her second goal of the game.
"Wow, just witnessed the most remarkable women's soccer game I've ever been a part of," Las Positas coach Paul Sapsford said in a text message.
After falling behind 1-0, the Hawks rallied to tie it 1-1 on an Alaina Medellin goal assisted by Yesica Morales. After Sierra retook the lead, Las Positas forged ahead on goals by Yadie Torres assisted by Morales and Fonseca assisted by Medellin. But Sierra equalized in the 83rd minute, setting the stage for Fonseca's heroics.
And to think they did it all with 10 on the field.
"A truly remarkable achievement," Sapsford said of the win.
The Hawks' fine season ended with a 4-0 loss to No. 1 seed Diablo Valley in Round 2 of the playoffs.
In the men's regional playoffs, host Taft took a 3-2 win over Las Positas, which got two goals from striker Marco Neves, who finished the season with 25 goals, ranked No. 3 in the state.
Neves was selected as the Coast-North Offensive Player of the Year, and made All North Region and All-State.
Jose Elizondo was the Coast-North Goalkeeper of the Year. Neves, Fernando Herrera, Elizondo and defender Mike Hatch made first-team all-conference.
Matt Hafizi and Nick Tucker made second-team all-conference.
The young Hawks men’s team, led by freshman David Frisbie’s sixth-place individual finish, completed an outstanding season with an 11th-place team finish in Saturday’s CCCAA Cross Country State Championship at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Frisbie, a Kennedy-Fremont graduate, ran a time of 20 minutes, 32.5 seconds over the 4-mile course. He was the only freshman in the top 12.
Hawks freshman Zach Connolly was 43rd in 21:24.4, and freshman Jordan Kirby was 73rd (21:42.2). Sophomore David Yeshiwas was 76th (21:43.9). Rounding out the Hawks top five was Bret Greene (150th, 22:36.6).
The Hawks were also second in the NorCal Championship, their best ever showing.
The Hawks got 14 points from off the bench by Jenna Kol in a 60-52 loss to Cabrillo on Nov. 19, Janelle Bumagat and Samantha Roney both had 12 points for the Hawks (2-2). Taylor Freitas had a team-high nine rebounds.
After six straight wins to open the season, the Hawks (6-1) fell to Lassen 103-90 in the championship game of the Mendocino Tournament.
Las Positas was outscored 52-33 in the second half after leading 57-51 at intermission. The Hawks' Caleb Baskett nearly had a triple-double in the offensive showcase with 25 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Stokley Chaffee had a double-double with 15 points and 14 boards. Donald Mims had 14 points, five blocks and seven rebounds.
Las Positas is ranked 18th in the state by the Massey Rankings.
The Golden West men’s team (31-0) walloped Long Beach City (22-7) 15-8 in the CCCAA State Championship game at Las Positas. West Valley rallied to beat Delta 13-12 in the third-place game.
In the women’s state final, Riverside City, after finishing second the previous three years, beat Santa Barbara 9-8 in overtime for their sixth overall title.
-- Matt Schwab