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SRJC: Tough tests for men's and women's soccer teams

  • SRJC soccer head coach Marty Kinahan instructs his players during practice in Santa Rosa in September. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

Second-round action in the CCCAA Regional Soccer Tournament is on tap Tuesday with the Santa Rosa JC men playing at home while the women travel to Sacramento.

The men host West Valley at 2 p.m. while the women play Cosumnes River at 6 p.m.

The SRJC men are the No. 3 seed in the NorCal bracket while West Valley is No. 6.

“They're the best team we've played all year,” Bear Cubs coach Marty Kinahan said of West Valley.

The Vikings, the champs of Coast-South Conference, are 15-3-3 overall.

Santa Rosa, second in the Big Eight Conference, defeated Cabrillo, 4-2, in the opening round last Saturday to improve to 11-3-6.

“If we're going to win, we have to play better than we did in the first round,” Kinahan said. “We started the game by playing the best 20 minutes of soccer we've played all year. Then we let up and Cabrillo scored a couple of goals.

“That was a wake-up call and I don't think it will happen again. We've been playing good soccer lately. We're a seasoned team and I'm confident we'll be ready for West Valley.”

The Bear Cubs haven't lost since Sept. 27 when American River beat them, 3-1.

Three former area high school players had key rolls in the Cabrillo win.

Alberto Chaparro (Santa Rosa High) scored twice while Keenan Whyte (Montgomery) had a goal and Marcos Lopez (Willits) contributed two assists.

The SRJC women, the No. 5 seed, will be playing a familiar foe in No. 4 Cosumnes River.

“They've beaten us twice this year but both games were really close,” Bear Cubs coach Tracy Hamm said. “It's difficult to beat a team three times in a season, so we're looking forward to getting another chance at them.”

The Bear Cubs lost 1-0 at home on Sept. 24 and 2-0 on Oct. 22 in Sacramento.

“The last time we played, we kicked one shot in our own goal and their other score was on a penalty kick,” Hamm said.

“We feel good about our chances because we know we've improved since the last time we've played them. We've really come together as a team in the last month or so.”

Santa Rosa is 15-5-1 and has won three of its last four. Cosumnes is 13-5-3.

Of the 25 players on the Bear Cubs roster, 22 played for Empire high schools.

In recent weeks, Ashley Smith (Analy) and Courtney Rebata (Casa Grande) have played key rolls in the offense.

The third round for both the men and women is Saturday with the winners advancing to the state finals Dec. 6-8.

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