Oct 11, 2017
LAS POSITAS SPORTS REPORT
FONSECA, HAWKS WOMEN ON THE MOVE
Camila Fonseca continues to be a mover and a shaker for the Las Positas women’s soccer team.
An established playmaker, Fonseca has been on a finishing tear with two goals in back-to-back wins for the soaring Hawks. After scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Hartnell on Sept. 29, Fonseca struck twice more in a 4-0 triumph over Skyline on Oct. 3, including scoring unassisted in the first minute.
Las Positas (7-1-2, 3-0), guided by coach Paul Sapsford, continues its rise into Northern California elite. The Hawks lead the Coast-North, with plenty of challenging games ahead. They host tough Canada-Redwood City (6-2-2, 1-0-1) at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Mackenzie Bammer scored the second goal against Skyline off a Rocio Perez assist. After Fonseca, who has five goals and eight assists, made it 3-0 off an Alaina Medellin assist in the 35th minute. Perez later assisted Paola Samaniego to round out the scoring. Goalkeeper Jennifer Parker had to make just one save.
Fonseca is ranked tied for 11th in the state in assists.
The red-hot Hawks (7-3-3, 3-0 Coast-North) won twice last week to extend their unbeaten streak to six and their winning streak to four. Las Positas, which is tied for first place with CCSF, has road games this week at Gavilan on Tuesday and at Hartnell on Friday.
The Hawks took a hard-fought 1-0 nonconference win over Lassen on Sunday as midfielder Matt Hafizi scored in the 47th minute off a double assist from defender Matt Dremalas and Jake “Cowboy” Foscalina. Sophomore Brannon Dwyer worked the clean sheet with five saves.
On Friday, the Hawks bested Canada-Redwood City 2-1, holding on after taking 2-0 lead on goals by Jordan Quick and Hafizi. The Colts’ Jorge Lopez made it interesting with a goal in the 87th minute, but the Hawks prevailed. Omid Eibagi had two assists and Quick chipped in one helper.
Eibagi and fellow sophomore midfielder share the team lead in assists with four apiece.
On Oct. 3, Dwyer made four saves in a 1-0 shutout of host Cabrillo. Ali Amin scored what proved to be the winner in the 17th minute off a double assist from Kyle Adafom and Nathan Robinson.
Amin has three goals and two assists this season.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
The surging Hawks (7-3, 3-1) made it five wins in a row with an exciting 9-8 victory over host Cabrillo in conference play.
Nikki White led the team with five goals, including two goals to up the Hawks’ lead to 8-6 in the fourth period, and hard-working Negin Tehranian-Torghabeh amassed six steals.
During the late-game drama, the Hawks’ Natali Dallos scored to make it 9-6, and the team held on for the clutch win.
With 40 goals this season, White is tied for 14th in the state in scoring, but her impressive tally has come in just nine games played. All but one player ranked above her has played more games. White also has 17 assists.
The Hawks will test out the competition in the Big 8 Crossover Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
MEN’S WATER POLO
The Hawks (5-12, 1-1), enjoying their best season on many levels, took a thrilling 13-11 triumph over visiting De Anza in the Coast Conference on Oct. 4.
A trademark Hawks’ surge after a rough start made the difference … again. This time Las Positas overcame deficits of 4-0, 7-1, and 10-5. Jason Craighead ignited the rally with three consecutive goals in the second period, and then Charles Lewandoeski and Andrew Long Kettenhofen took it from there.
In the climactic fourth period, Marco Macchiavello scored to tie it 11-11 off a Lewandoeski assist, and then Lewandoeski struck twice to clinch the dramatic win. Lewandoeski led the team with six goals to go with three assists and three steals. Kettenhofen and Craighead had three goals and three helpers apiece for the courageous Hawks. Goalie Bryan Meyn amassed 12 saves, and ranks third in the state with 237 saves and fourth in the state with an 89.8 save percentage..
The Hawks took a solid second place with 68 points in the Toro Park Invitational in Salinas on Oct. 6. Sophomore David Frisbie paced Las Positas in the 4-mile run by finishing sixth in a time of 21 minutes, 26.6 seconds. Sophomore Zach Connolly was eighth in 21:34.4.
Sophomore Jordan Kirby and freshman Sebastian Andersson were 17th and 18th . Freshman Thomas Gallagher rounded out the Hawks’ top five, in 22nd. Hartnell took the men’s team title with 29 points.
On the women’s side, the Hawks’ Nicole Cartier was tied for 4th in the 3-mile race.
--- Matt Schwab, Las Positas media relations