College soccer is Sonoma County could be better.
But not by much.
Consider the combined record of the mens’ and womens’ programs at Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Junior College is 35-3-4.
The SRJC men’s team is the only unbeaten program with a record of 10-0-1, but it is also the only team that isn’t nationally ranked in the foursome. The Bear Cubs, state runner-ups last year, are receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 15 poll.
The SRJC women’s team, ranked 10th in the nation, is 8-1-1 with its only loss coming against Cerritos, the defending state champions.
The SSU men’s team, which reached the NCAA quarterfinals last year, is 8-1-2 and ranked sixth nationally on the heels of a 2-0 win over then-No. 5 Cal State L.A.
The SSU women’s team (9-1-0) is ranked 12th in the nation with its only loss coming against No. 11 Western Washington.
One trait each program shares is stable leadership.
SSU men’s coach Marcus Ziemer is in his 18th year at the school, SSU women’s coach Luke Oberkirch is in his 14th year and SRJC men’s coach Marty Kinahan is in his 11th year.
SRJC second-year women’s coach Emiria Salzmann is an exception. But Salzmann inherited an established program from Karen Stanley, who had a 173-41-23 record and made five Final Four appearances in 11 years.