Sep 12, 2017
The Las Positas cross country program, a NorCal powerhouse headed by coach Kyle Robinson, will make school history on Friday when it hosts the inaugural Las Positas Invitational.
The Hawks boast their top three freshmen off last year’s team. At the 2016 NorCal Championship, two-time All-American David Frisbie finished third, Zach Connolly was sixth, and Jordan Kirby was seventh – the top three freshmen finishers in the big meet.
The Hawks are really looking forward to going toe-to-toe with last year’s NorCal champion Hartnell on Friday. Las Positas was second as a team at NorCals last year, after finishing third in 2015.
The hungry Hawks got a boost this season with some quality newcomers. Freshmen Sebastian Andersson of Berkeley High and Michael Ochoa of Madera South look to round out what could potentially be one of the state’s best-scoring teams.
On the women’s side, Las Positas’ Lilliana Lopez and Nicole Cartier will be making their cross-country debuts.
The 10-team Las Positas meet will start with the women’s race at 4 p.m. In addition to Las Positas and Hartnell, the following teams are competing: De Anza, Monterey, Sequoias, CCSF, College of San Mateo, Mills College, University of Antelope Valley, and Siskiyous.
Nathan Robinson and Nick Tucker scored in the second half and the Hawks men’s soccer team held on for a 2-1 win over Santa Rosa on Friday in nonconference play.
In snapping a two-game losing skid against top-flight competition, the Hawks (2-2) got six saves from goalkeeper Brandon Dwyer. Robinson scored unassisted in the 55th minute to break the scoreless stalemate. Tucker upped the margin on a double assist from Omid Eibagi and Ali Amin.
The Hawks were coming off back-to-back, hard-fought losses against Fresno City (3-1-2), 2-1, and Butte (3-0-2), 1-0. The Hawks travel to winless Contra Costa (0-4-2) on Tuesday. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.
Facing fierce Southern California competition, the Hawks (3-1-1) tied Ventura 1-1 and fell 3-1 to unbeaten Canyons (5-0) in the Las Positas Tournament last week.
After Ventura took a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute, the Hawks rallied to tie on a Paola Samaniego goal assisted by Camila Fonseca. Hawks goalkeepers Jennifer Parker and Elle Ray each made five saves.
Against Canyons, Rhiannon Adams put the Hawks ahead 1-0 off a Fonseca assist in the 15th minute, but Canyons rallied with three in a row to triumph.
--- Matt Schwab