Sonoma County Sol

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Sonoma County Sol
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Full name Sonoma County Sol Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Sol
Founded 2004; 13 years ago (2004)
Stadium Nevers Field at Santa Rosa High School Stadium
Santa Rosa, California
Ground Capacity 2,000[1]
President Greg Volker
Head Coach Vincent Cortezzo
League National Premier Soccer League
2013 1st, Golden Gate Conference
Playoffs: Championship Final
Website Club website
Current season

Sonoma County Sol is an American soccer team based in Santa Rosa, California, United States. Founded in 2004, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the West Region, Golden Gate Conference.

The team plays its home games at Cougar Stadium on the campus of Rancho Cotate High School in nearby Rohnert Park, California, where they have played since 2012. The team's colors are orange, blue, and white.

The team had a sister organization, also called Sonoma County Sol, which played in the Women's Premier Soccer League.

History[edit]

After the 2004 season, the MPSL disbanded but a new men's league, the National Premier Soccer League, replaced the previous league and expanded on the territory of the MPSL by adding a Midwestern Division. The Sol was one of the founding clubs of the NPSL, specifically in the Western Division. Like the NPSL and its member clubs, the Sol falls under the auspices of the United States Amateur Soccer Association (USASA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

In 2005, the Sol finished second in the Western Division in the regular season standings, 3 points behind the Sacramento Knights, attaining the number 2 seed in the NPSL West playoffs. In the Western Division playoffs, the Sol beat the number 3 seed Chico Rooks at home in the semifinals and then traveled to Sacramento to face the Knights in the NPSL West Championship Game. The Sol triumphed over the Knights in a hard fought match at the soccer stadium at Sacramento State University, garnering the NPSL West Championship. The Sol then hosted Midwest Champion Detroit Arsenal for the inaugural NPSL National Championship game in Santa Rosa, California.

Also in 2005, the Sol qualified as one of three NPSL West representatives for the Region IV U.S. Open Cup (U.S. Open Cup Website qualifying tournament, where the Sol won its group and then went on to beat the Salinas Valley Samba for the tournament championship and a spot in the USASA National Open Cup. The Sol would later meet the Samba in Santa Rosa in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup itself. At the USASA National Open Cup in the August heat of Frisco, Texas, in the semifinals the Sol faced the AAC Eagles of Chicago who prevailed 2-1. With this result, the Sol's 2005 campaign came to an end.

In 2006 however, the Sol bounced back and prevailed in the USASA Open Cup. It started with a road trip to Seattle for the Region VI championships. The Sol beat out the Chico Rooks (NPSL) in group play to advance to the finals, where they defeated the Suaharos (sp?) 2-1 in the finals. Beto Sanchez, the back up goalkeeper, was subbed on as a forward due to injuries in the 80th minute, and netted the game winner in the 85th minute on a diving header. The Sol then traveled to Frisco, TX for the national finals where they defeated the heavily favored (and overrated) home side Dallas Roma FC 3-2 in double over time. They then went on to defeat the Lightning (Chicago) 1-0 in the finals to claim the USASA National open cup championship.

In 2013, following a first-place finish in the Golden Gate Conference during the regular season, the Sol would advance through the playoffs to the NPSL Championship Final, visiting RVA Football Club, but losing 2-0.[2]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Source: [1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States MF Angel Acevedo
United States MF Edgar Amador
United States MF Andrew Bailey
Ivan Barba
Nicaragua MF Allan Estrada
Frank Becerril
United States FW Brandon Boone
Alexis Brito
United States MF Devin Collins
United States MF Chris Daly
Sam Falkenberg
Justin Ferreira
United States DF Antonio Garcia
Pedro Guevara
United States FW Trevor Hurst
United States MF Tyler Hurst
No. Position Player
United States FW Taylor Jones
United States MF Eric Larson
United States FW Ross Middlemiss
Michael Piedras
0 United States GK Matt Railla
17 United States FW Ryan Bender
9 United States FW Chris Rodd
2 United States DF Lee Sandwina
FW Sergio Santos Vargas
Nico Spann
England MF Lee Summerscales
Cory Taufer
Oscar Valdez
United States FW Taylor Varnadore
Thomas Ziemer

Notable former players[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
2004 4 MPSL 6th Did not qualify Did not qualify
2005 4 NPSL 2nd, Western Final 1st Round
2006 4 NPSL 3rd, Northwest Did not qualify 2nd Round
2007 4 NPSL 1st, Northwest Semi Final Did not qualify
2008 4 NPSL 1st, Northwest Semi Final Did not qualify
2009 4 NPSL 1st, Western Champions 2nd Round
2010 4 NPSL 5th, Northwest Did not qualify 1st Round
2011 4 NPSL 3rd, West-Northern Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 NPSL 2nd, West-Northern Conference Final Did not qualify
2013 4 NPSL 1st, West-Northern Final Did not qualify
2014 4 NPSL 2nd, Golden Gate Regional Final Did not qualify
2015 4 NPSL 1st, Golden Gate Regional Semi Final 2nd Round
2016 4 NPSL 1st, Golden Gate Final Did not qualify

Honors[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • National Premier Soccer League
    • Winners (1): 2009
    • Runner-up (3): 2005, 2013, 2016
  • Western Regional Champs (Playoff NPSL):
    • Winners (6): 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016
  • Northwest Division (NPSL):
    • Winners (4): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
  • Golden Gate Conference (NPSL):
    • Winners (2): 2015, 2016
  • Hank Steinbrecher Cup (USASA):
    • Runner-up (1): 2014

Hank Steinbrecher Cup

Head coaches[edit]

  • UAS Hugo PEREZ (2004)
  • USA David Shaffer (2005-2006)
  • United States Benjamin Ziemer (2007–2011)
  • United States Mark Carr (2012)
  • United States Vincent Cortezzo (2012-present)

Home Field[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

~400

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nr.soccerway.com/venues/united-states/ernie-nevers-field/v5342/
  2. ^ "RVA FC WINS IT ALL". NationalPremierSoccerLeague.com. August 5, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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