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Menlo boys continue strong soccer start
|The Menlo School boys' soccer team used a solid team effort to defeat a strong Los Altos team, 3-0, in nonleague action on Wednesday. The Knights remained unbeaten in their past four matches while improving to 3-1-1 under first-year coach Marc Kerrest.
Los Altos was dangerous early and hit the crossbar in the opening minutes on a header after a good cross from the left side. Menlo settled in after that and, though they were unable to dominate possession as they had in previous games, the Knights' defense was well-organized and Los Altos was unable to create dangerous opportunities.
Midway through the first half, Menlo senior Andrew Schmitt collected the ball after a long punt from senior goalie Timmy Costa and played fellow senior Ryan Karle in behind the defense. Karle initially looked for a teammate before firing a swerving shot with the outside of his foot past the Los Altos keeper for the opening goal.
Menlo continued to frustrate Los Altos with its staunch defending and scored a second goal 10 minutes later on a great individual effort by senior Max Parker. He received the ball in his own half from senior Beau Baldwin, dribbled down the line and ultimately ran past the Los Altos defense, calmly slotting the ball beyond the Eagles' keeper for a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Menlo senior defender Jack Redman and junior Justin Wang did an admirable job keeping the Los Altos attacks at bay. On the few occasions when Los Altos found a way through, Costa made some decisive saves, collecting his third clean sheet of the season.
Midway through the second half, Menlo took advantage of a Los Altos turnover and, after Parker's initial shot was saved, Schmitt was there to tap home his third goal in the past three games.
In Atherton, Robert Hellman scored a pair of goals to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 3-2 nonleague triumph over visiting Riordan on Wednesday. The Gators (2-2) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty kick by Brendan Spillane, which was created by Joe Callinan. Hellman followed with a goal assisted by Spillane before Riordan picked up a penalty kick for a 2-1 halftime.
Hellman finished off the visitors in the second half with his second goal, giving him six in the past two matches.
Senior Hashima Carothers tossed in 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace Eastside Prep to a big 42-38 nonleague victory over host Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday night.
Junior guard Charmaine Bradford dished out 10 assists and scored four points while 6-foot-3 sophomore Destiny Graham blocked six shots and tallied eight points for the Panthers (5-2), who overcame 22 turnovers by shooting 59 percent from the field (19 of 32).
Eastside Prep will continue its tough early season schedule by taking on host Mitty on Thursday at 7 p.m.
In Sunnyvale, sophomore Gabi Bade poured in a season-high 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals to pace Pinewood to a 48-39 nonleague victory over host Homestead on Wednesday.
The Panthers (4-0) overcame a three-point first-quarter deficit by outscoring the Mustangs, 13-0, in the second quarter. Pinewood sophomore Marissa Hing had six points and five assists.
In San Jose, freshman Riley Hemm scored a career-high 14 points and Melissa Holland added 13 to power Sacred Heart Prep to a 62-55 nonleague win over host Evergreen Valley in San Jose on Wednesday. The Gators (6-1) pulled away with a 20-11 third quarter.
Sacred Heart Prep dropped a 62-50 nonleague decision to visiting St. Ignatius on Wednesday, despite 21 combined points from sophomores James McLean and Corbin Koch. The Gators (2-3) trailed by only 31-28 at the half before the Wildcats (3-1) pulled away in the third period (19-12).
The KIPP Collegiate at Eastside Prep game was not reported.
Kelly Branson and Hannah Ditzler each tallied two goals to pace Pinewood to a 9-0 romp over visiting Latino Prep in a West Bay Athletic League (Skyline Division) match on Wednesday. The Panthers improved to 2-0 in league (2-2 overall).
Olivia Biggs, Ketki Samel, Nancy Sutter, Victoria Gardiner and Leah Hess all scored single goals for Pinewood.
In nonleague action, Lauren Johnson provided Gunn with its lone goal in a 1-1 nonleague deadlock with visiting San Mateo on Wednesday. The Titans moved to 1-2-1 on the season.
— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics
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