By Dante Quazzo
University High School broke out early against Sonoma Academy and never looked back, en route to a 16-3 win in the first round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs on Tuesday at Kezar Stadium.
It was the third time University (13-8) has defeated Sonoma Academy (5-8) this year.
University jumped out to a 5-2 lead after the first quarter behind to goals by Cutter Jones, Trey Linke and Will Dawley.
While a 5-2 lead certainly wasn’t insurmountable, University put Sonoma Academy away by scoring eight goals in eight minutes during a stretch of the second quarter while blanking the Coyotes on defense, to give the fourth-seeded Red Devils a 13-2 lead at the half.
“Our guys have worked really hard to get to the point where they are right now,” said University head coach Nick Lockwood. “They played well early on and put the game out of reach.”
The University offense was firing on all cylinders, led by senior Will Dawley and junior Mani Ghiasi. Dawley finished with a hat trick on the day, while Ghiasi scored a goal of his own and assisted on three others.
“Will Dawley and Mani have done a great job all year, and tonight was no different,” Lockwood said.
“Both guys are crucial parts of our offense, and without them we wouldn’t have the success we’ve had so far,”
Linke and Jones also finished with hat tricks in the game.
While the first half was very up-tempo, the second half was much more relaxed, with the teams combining to score only four goals in the final two quarters.
Chase Hawley was one of the lone bright spots for the Coyotes, scoring two goals on the day.
“[Chase] came up big today. It was nice to have him out there as a senior,” said Sonoma Academy head coach Blake Abbate. “I’ve coached Chase since sixth grade so it was nice to see him go out on a high note.”
The Red Devils advance to play rival Marin Academy in the NCS quarterfinals on Saturday. University defeated the Wildcats 12-11 in the BCL West championship on Friday, and will look to advance into the NCS semifinals for the first time since 2006.
U: 8:18 – Cutter Jones, assist Will Dawley
U: 7:43 – Trey Linke, assist Henry Steyer
SA: 6:00 – Jack Crawley, assist Chase Hawley
U: 4:30 – Dawley, assist Mani Ghiasi
U: 3:22 – Linke
U: 3:02 – Jones
SA: 2:00 – Hawley
U: 8:34 – Dawley, assist Ghiasi
U: 8:11 – Alex Fish, assist Linke
U: 7:31 – Steyer
U: 6:18 – Linke, assist Ghiasi
U: 5:51 – Jack Wilson
U: 4:28 – Dawley
U: 3:30 – Ghiasi
U: 0:49 – Wilson
SA: 9:13 – Hawley
U: 2:00 – Jones
U: 9:18 – Josh Galardi, assist Wilson
U: 8:12 – Fish