Women’s Soccer Thumps Napa 10-0 in Preseason Finale


Lachlan Irvine, Assistant Sports Editor

The Santa Rosa Junior College women’s soccer team are heading into the regular season in fine form after dismantling the Napa Valley College Storm 10-0 on Friday.

Head coach Crystal Howard was happy with the team’s solid outing.

“It’s a great way to end our non-conference season,” Howard said, “A lot of people contributed to the scoreline.”

Midway through the first half, forward Annika Cerini found defender Amanda Galbraith streaking through the middle with a seeing-eye pass, and Galbraith took a shot straight over the goalie and into the net to make the match 4-0.

Megan Stavish would add one more goal right before the end of the half after a heads-up play on a loose ball by Cassidy Munson.

Bear Cubs captain Nikki Elliott got the scoring back up and running early in the second half, thanks to a header on a perfectly placed corner kick by Munson.

Kaleigh Alves scored a hat trick back-to-back in the second half, starting with a tap-in after a mad scramble in the box.

A fantastic passing setup by SRJC’s offense lead to a no mistake shot for Alves’ second goal in front of the net to make it 8-0 Bear Cubs.

The hat trick goal came from a lost rebound by the Napa goalie and an open net for Alves. Munson earned her third assist on the 9-0 goal.

Bear Cub captains Elliott and Amanda Neidlinger both felt the game was full of positives to take into the season.

“We passed the ball really well, we’ve been practicing a lot of the things that we touched on today,” said Elliott.

“I felt like we did a great job keeping our intensity and working on our defensive shape.” said Neidlinger.

The Bear Cubs will open their conference season at 3:30 Sept. 13 at Diablo Valley.