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Published February 22, 2017
Acalanes soccer advancing through NCS
Drew Wondolowski Photos Gint Federas

Acalanes continued its march through the NCS DII postseason, dispatching neighbor Campolindo, 1-0, on Feb. 18 at home.
The Dons (18-2-4 overall, 9-1 in league) who are captained by senior midfielders Drew Wondolowski and Mark Von Hacht, next take the field in Lafayette against No. 3 Richmond on Feb. 22 in the semifinals. Acalanes began the postseason with a 4-1 mauling of No. 15 seed Casa Grande at their home stadium.
"Every player will be critical to the boys success," said head coach Paul Curtis. "The training and playing methodology utilized requires that every participant be fully engaged at all times."
"They are well balanced in their attack and should be able to continue that for the rest of the season," Curtis added.
Acalanes, who claimed the second seed in the bracket and who MaxPreps ranks as the 53rd-best team in the state, haven't lost since Jan. 20 when they fell 2-0 to Concord.
The defeat also marked the last time that the Dons have let in multiple goals. Acalanes closed out the regular season portion of the schedule with six consecutive shutouts. The team's 9-1 mark in league play was good for the top spot in the Foothill conference of the DAL.
"Maintaining focus, discipline and executing on the details will be paramount to achieving (our) goals," Curtis explained. "The boys have done a very good job with this for 24 matches and hope to maintain the standards for two more."
Campolindo's quarterfinals' defeat to the Dons brought an end to the campaign for the Cougars, who entered the playoffs as the No. 7 seed. Campolindo posted an 11-10-4 mark overall and a 3-4-3 record while competing in the Valley division of the DAL.
"We had to go on a run to close the season to become eligible for playoffs," head coach Shane Carney said after his team either won or tied each of the final five games of the regular season.
"We were able to pull that off by not losing any of our last five games," Carney said, before foreshadowing the team's downfall. "When we bring it, we are capable of beating anyone, but our youth does come through at unexpected times."
In the NCS opening round, the Cougars smacked No. 10 Petaluma, 3-1, in Moraga. The Cougars leaned on senior goalie Kai Weyland to command the defense, while seniors Rupert Dusauzay and Matty Ringquist provide the offense.
"They combine well and are capable of running our attack," Carney said after Dusauzay hit a pair of goals and Ringquist hit a third against Petaluma.
Like the Cougars, the Mats crashed out of the postseason in the NCS quarterfinals. Playing in the DIII competition, Miramonte lost 1-0 to the No. 4 seed Bishop O'Dowd in Oakland on Feb. 18. The Mats drew the No. 12 seed in NCS after posting a 5-4-1 record in the Foothill division of the DAL.
Miramonte ended the season with a 10-10-2 record overall. The Mats had arrived in the quarterfinals by upsetting San Rafael in the opening round, handing the No. 5 seed a 1-0 shutout on Feb. 15.


Acalanes continued its march through the NCS DII postseason, dispatching neighbor Campolindo, 1-0, on Feb. 18 at home. The Dons (18-2-4 overall, 9-1 in league) who are captained by senior midfielders Drew Wondolowski and Mark Von Hacht, next take the field in Lafayette against No. 3 Richmond on Feb. 22 in the semifinals. Acalanes began the postseason with a 4-1 mauling of No. 15 seed Casa Grande at their home stadium. "Every player will be critical to the boys success," said head coach Paul Curtis. "The training and playing methodology utilized requires that every participant be fully engaged at all times." "They are well balanced in their attack and should be able to continue that for the rest of the season," Curtis added. Acalanes, who claimed the second seed in the bracket and who MaxPreps ranks as the 53rd-best team in the state, haven't lost since Jan. 20 when they fell 2-0 to Concord. The defeat also marked the last time that the Dons have let in multiple goals. Acalanes closed out the regular season portion of the schedule with six consecutive shutouts. The team's 9-1 mark in league play was good for the top spot in the Foothill conference of the DAL. "Mainta

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